City of Lansing Marijuana Decriminalization Proposal (November 2013)
|Voting on Marijuana|
|Not on ballot|
The Lansing Proposal removed any law or code in the city's charter or ordinances that prohibited the possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, on private property, by a person who has attained the age of 21 years, thus decriminalizing marijuana according to city law.
The measure was initiated by the Coalition for a Safer Lansing.
- Election results from the Ingham County elections office
Text of measure
The question on the ballot was:
Shall the Charter of the City of Lansing, Michigan be amended such that nothing in the Code of Ordinances shall apply to the use, possession or transfer of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, on private property, by a person who has attained the age of 21 years?
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Jeffery Hank, an attorney and the Chairman for a Coalition for a Safer Lansing, said, "We want law enforcement focus to be on serious crimes with victims. This is a pro-law enforcement, pro-civil liberties initiative meant to improve safety and policing in Lansing while restoring constitutional liberties that are a casualty of the so-called war on drugs," Hank added. "This is an initiative that indicates that the voters of Lansing seek peace."
Opponents to decriminalization argued that it is important for law enforcement to keep people from using marijuana because it is a gateway drug. Some also argued that marijuana use and possession is still illegal according to state and federal law, making this measure impotent and useless.
Path to the ballot
The Coalition for a Safer Lansing collected more than 7,000 signatures to qualify this initiative for the ballot. Valid signatures equaling five percent of Lansing's registered voters were required to qualify the initiative for the ballot. This amounted to about 4,200 in 2013. Once submitted signatures were vetted, it was determined that more than the required number of submitted signatures were valid.
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- Local marijuana on the ballot
- Notable local measures on the ballot
- Ingham County, Michigan ballot measures
- Michigan Live, "Lansing ballot initiative would legalize marijuana possession up to an ounce," August 5, 2013
- Coalition for a Safer Lansing website," accessed April 3, 2014
- The Weed Blog, "Michigan Cities Sized Up For Local Marijuana Initiatives In 2014," January 5, 2014
- League of Women Voters Lansing November 5, 2013 voter guide, archived April 3, 2014
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