Voters in three more Michigan cities pass marijuana decriminalization proposals

Nov 5, 2013

Marijuana plant.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Voters in three more Michigan cities approved ballot questions today decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

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

“This is an historic night ... a landslide by all considerations,” says Jeff Hank, who headed 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.”

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

“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,” says Hank.