Brilliant!

While two of three states with marijuana initiatives were passing them, a much quieter approach was taken in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The measure, which passed with 74% of the vote, reads:

Shall the Ypsilanti City Charter be amended such that the use and/or consumption of one ounce or less of usable marijuana by adults 21 years or older is the lowest priority of law enforcement personnel?

This doesn’t change the law, it just directs the use of public resources. You should consider trying it in your city.

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About James Hanley

James Hanley is Associate Professor of Political Science at Adrian College and a Fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. The views expressed here do not reflect the views of either organization.
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4 Responses to Brilliant!

  1. Scott Hanley says:

    Alas, I live just outside the city limit,or I would have proudly voted for this measure. And it does break my heart to see that Colorado and Washington were both more progressive than Oregon on this issue.

  2. onkelbob says:

    Can’t recall the city that implemented this some time ago. San Jose? It was unofficially enforced in some California cities, but is also codified in some municipal codes. This was pre – Medicinal distribution, now I imagine it is the norm.

  3. Dr X says:

    So is the DEA going to keep its nose out of the local marijuana trade as more states legalize?

  4. Lancifer says:

    The problem with statutes like that is that they do nothing to stop police officers from using marijuana possession as a pretext to detain and harass people. Many times police will use marijuana possession as leverage to force admission of other crimes or to force people to implicate other people in crimes.

    The police like having the authority to stop people for minor infractions and this law does nothing to stop them from harassing pot smokers. Thanks to overly broad laws and recent Supreme Court rulings the fourth amendment isn’t worth the paper it is written on.

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