charter change http://michiganradio.org en Legal battle over decriminalizing marijuana in Grand Rapids gets even more complicated http://michiganradio.org/post/legal-battle-over-decriminalizing-marijuana-grand-rapids-gets-even-more-complicated <p>The City of Grand Rapids and a group behind the decriminalization of marijuana there are at odds over how to enforce the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/election-results-show-michigan-cities-more-marijuana-friendly">charter amendment voters passed in November.</a></p><p>In a recent court filing, the city argues police should have discretion, if not the duty, to turn over marijuana charges to the state. That way, offenders would be charged with a crime, not a civil infraction.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 22:08:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12051 at http://michiganradio.org Legal battle over decriminalizing marijuana in Grand Rapids gets even more complicated How often should the Lansing city council meet? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-often-should-lansing-city-council-meet <p>&nbsp;The Lansing City Council will talk about the benefits of&nbsp;meeting less often tonight.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The city charter requires the council to meet 50 times a year.&nbsp;&nbsp;City Clerk Chris&nbsp;Swope&nbsp;says, with that schedule,&nbsp;the council is wasting money.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not just a matter of that cost but&hellip;we should be more efficient.&nbsp;People shouldn&rsquo;t have to watch 50 times a year to keep an eye on what the city council is doing,&quot; says Swope.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:25:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 5148 at http://michiganradio.org How often should the Lansing city council meet?