decriminalize en The downsides to legalizing marijuana <p>This week, police in Grand Rapids began a pilot program to treat marijuana possession as a civil infraction. This comes six months after voters approved an amendment to decriminalize pot.</p><p>In Michigan, if you've got an aching back or live in Grand Rapids or Ann Arbor, there’s less reason to feel like marijuana will get you into trouble.</p><p>For better or worse, pot is gaining acceptance.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our state is one of 20 in the U.S. where marijuana is either OK for medical use or decriminalized.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Washington state and Colorado, recreational use is legal. Increasingly, there are American communities like Grand Rapids where voters don’t want to spend time and money prosecuting offenders caught with a bag of weed.</span></p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 14:59:16 +0000 Keith Oppenheim 12422 at The downsides to legalizing marijuana