Grand Rapids City Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Proposal (November 2012)

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A Grand Rapids City Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment proposal was on the November 6, 2012 election ballot in Kent County, which is in Michigan where it was approved.

This proposal amended the Grand Rapids City Charter with the end of decriminalizing possession, control use, or gift of marijuana by certain changes in law, including prohibiting certain police action against marijuana possession.[1]

Election Results

The following are election results for the measure:

Grand Rapids City Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Proposal
Approveda Yes 44647 58.86%

Results via Kent County, Michigan November 2012 General Election.

Text of measure

Language on the ballot:

Proposed amendment to Title XVIII (Miscellaneous Provisions) of the Charter of the city of Grand Rapids, concerning the Decriminilization of Marijuana.

A proposal to decriminalize possession, control use, or gift of marijuana, through a Charter amendment prohibiting police from reporting same to law enforcement authorities other than the City Attorney; prohibiting the City Attorney from referring same to other law enforcement authorities for prosecution; prohibiting City prosecution except as civil infractions enforced by appearance tickets with a maximum fine of $100.00 and no incarceration; waiving fines if a physician, practitioner or other qualified health professional recommends the defendant use marijuana; and providing an affirmative defense to prosecution for defendants intending to use marijuana to relieve pain, disability, or discomfort.[1][2]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kent County Michigan Elections, General Election Candidates and Proposals List (dead link)
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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