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Proposed Kalamazoo Marijuana Charter Amendment Illegal?

The city of Kalamazoo has proposed a Marijuana charter amendment. This amendment would make possession or use of 1 ounce or less of marijuana by anybody over the age of 21 the lowest priority for law enforcement. The amendment goes to the ballots in Novemeber because the changes are proposed through a initiatory petion. The makes it state law that it must go before a vote.

Of course Attorney General Bill Schuette had plenty to say about the proposal. He was quoted saying “It is simply unfathomable that we would ask police officers to look the other way wen a crime is being commited…..the amendment is illegal and will send the signal that random marijuana use is acceptable.”

It should be interesting to see how this plays out since the AG’s office claims that a charter amendment can’t restrain police or law enforcement from enacting state criminal law. Either way add this to the chaos/confusion surrounding the Michigan Marijuana laws.

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