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Kalamazoo City Marijuana Charter Amendment (November 2011)

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A Kalamazoo City Marijuana Charter Amendment measure was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in the city of Kalamazoo which is in Kalamazoo County.

This measure sought to make the possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana by a resident of the city at least 21 years of age, the lowest possible offence. This measure was brought to the ballot through a petition drive, though there were legal issue to contend with before it was placed on the ballot. The Governor, Rick Snyder, noted that he objected to this measure, but the city Attorney stated that although he found the measure troubling, he did not think it would bar Kalamazoo city police from enforcing state laws that still make pot illegal. The assistant state attorney also commented that the amendment would only be enforceable if the city enacted an ordinance which allowed for the possession of marijuana, but there is no such ordinance. So even though the measure was approved, police officers will not be required to follow it if it interfered with state laws.[1]

The main advocate for the measure, Louis Stocking, noted that although the measure would not be enforced all the time, since it was approved it will act more as a symbolic gesture to show the government that the people do want marijuana decriminalized.[2]

Election results

See also: 2011 ballot measure election results and Local ballot measure elections in 2011
Kalamazoo City Marijuana Charter Amendment
Approveda Yes 4,649 66%

Source: Kalamazoo Gazette, Live election coverage: Kalamazoo marijuana ballot initiative approved

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the Kalamazoo 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?[3][4]

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