Three Michigan cities vote to decriminalize marijuana

file6311270526402Voters in three more Michigan cities approved ballot questions Tuesday decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

Ballot proposals in Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale each passed with more than 60 percent of the vote.

“This is an historic night, a landslide by all considerations,” said Jeff Hank, who led Lansing’s pro-marijuana campaign. “It sends a message not only to our local politicians, but politicians at the state level that it’s time to do something.”

“Tomorrow hopefully the real dialogue starts about how we do we implement this at the local level and what reforms should be taken at the state level to hopefully legalize cannabis as the majority of people in this state of Michigan seem now to want,” he said.

Supporters say if Michigan’s legislature doesn’t act to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, a statewide referendum might be their next step.

This report was provided by Steve Carmody of Michigan Radio.

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