EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – A push to decriminalize marijuana has taken a step forward in East Lansing.
Voters Tuesday approved a charter amendment to make the use, possession and transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana on private property legal for people 21 years or older.
The measure passed with 65 percent of the vote.
Voters in a number of Michigan communities approved similar measures in recent years, but Michigan’s ban on non-medicinal marijuana remains in place.
The use, possession and transfer of any amount of marijuana larger than 1 ounce remains illegal under state and federal laws. Any police department, including the East Lansing Police Department, can arrest suspects and have their cases prosecuted under those laws.
“I think East Lansing voters want to send a very clear message to the state legislature and we think that they need to take another look at how Michigan addresses marijuana,” East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett told WLNS 6 on Tuesday, before the election results came in.