Up to an Ounce of Marijuana Now Legal in Jackson, Michigan

Up to an Ounce of Marijuana Now Legal in Jackson, Michigan

JACKSON, MI — Voters last week approved a local initiative to legalize the possession of up to an ounce, and on Tuesday, the city council unanimously amended city ordinances to comply.

The change goes into effect immediately, but marijuana possession remains illegal under state law, and it isn’t clear yet what local law enforcement is going to do.

“We’re setting up times to meet with the city attorney and county prosecutor to come up with a plan,” Jackson Police Chief Matt Heins said earlier this month.

“It’s impossible to say what our strategy will be at this point. But at the end of the day, the people have spoken and the law was approved by a wide margin.”

The law passed 2,242-1,434 in an election that drew about 18 percent of registered voters.

  • Casey McCabe

    So not only do we have a situation where federal law trumps state law, but let’s expand that even further to include state law that trumps local law. Enough already! Holder and the D O J need to once and for all come out with a solid statement that backs the voters and the will of the people. Instruct prosecutors and judges at all levels of the system to respect the local and state laws that have been passed with zero exceptions. These laws are not designed by idiots who are trying to bypass the system to run an illegal drug empire. They are set up to foster a sensible approach to the failing War on Drugs. You’d think prosecutors would welcome this type of legislation because it might actually unclog their dockets so they can focus on real crime instead of wasting their time and tax payer money prosecuting low level possession charges.

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  • Lance Gill

    Prohibition will work great harm to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemprence with in itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded. A Lincoln