East Lansing Still “Hazy” After Marijuana Vote

EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – There is still some haze after the marijuana amendment passed Tuesday in East Lansing, Michigan.

Allowing any person who is 21 years of age or older to be in possession of one ounce of marijuana, on private property.

According to Mayor Nathan Triplett state and federal laws still apply, “In both state and federal law marijuana use and possession will remain a crime.”

Even though East Lansing has decriminalized marijuana, the possession of the drug still violates state and federal law.

“It’s still illegal to possess and smoke any amounts of marijuana in the city of east Lansing, it changes the manner in which people can be prosecuted. So people can’t be prosecuted under local ordinances anymore, for specific amounts of marijuana but they can still be prosecuted under state law” said City attorney, Thomas Yeadon.

So why pass this amendment? Mayor Nathan Triplett said, “The primary value I see to the passage of it, and the passage with the strong majority is a message to the state that East Lansing has joined other communities in saying you really need to take another look at this issue.”

Lieutenant Steve Gonzalez tells us enforcement will be the same. “When you hear that the amendment passed, it could sound like well marijuana is completely legal in East Lansing. It’s not necessarily so because the state law still applies.”

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