Marijuana possession in Detroit may become legal if the Coalition for a Safer Detroit gets the issue before voters in the November 2010 election.
City lawyer Dennis Mazurek indicated that the internal Operations Committee, headed by Andre Spivey, could not move the issue to a full city council vote because they could not pass an ordinance conflicting with state law, the Detroit News said.
At stake is the legal possession of not more than one ounce of marijuana on private property in Detroit by persons 21 years of age, and up.
According to the Coalition’s website, they are “An alliance of citizens seeking to assist our Detroit police officers in protecting residents from serious crime.”
“To help achieve this goal, the Coalition for a Safer Detroit advocates amending our city code to eliminate criminal penalties for use or possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana,” the website states.
Now that the council has passed on the issue, voters are likely to have their say as long as the Detroit Election Commission approves the petition for the November ballot.
Of course, the law means nothing on the federal level because marijuana is still illegal. However, the Obama administration has vowed to lighten up on prosecutions for lawful medical marijuana users, and dispensaries selling it to these patients.
But this is another ballgame altogether. Even though possession of small amounts on private property may become legal in Detroit, and obviously smoking, or baking brownies with it, your employer may not have the same enthusiasm for your recreational activities. If you are ever tested at random, and show up positive for THC even though you may not have smoked a doobie before work that day, problems may arise.
The only thing you might be left with is a pink slip that you can roll your next joint with to get rid of that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach, and brain about losing an $80,000 a year gig.
However, marijuana needs to be decriminalized at the very least, and the Coalition for a Safer Detroit has a good reason for making possession of small amounts legal. And that is to free up police resources to go after violent criminals ricocheting around Detroit, including its suburbs.
For tweens, teens, and even adults, there will always be a certain percentage that move on to harder drugs, and become severely addicted. But I did now say that to imply marijuana is a gateway drug. Some people are more prone to addiction than others, and that is reason to be weary.
Whatever happens in November about marijuana becoming legal in the D, be careful what you ask for. You just might get it, and there are consequences for every behavior, especially in the face of conflicting laws.
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If you or a loved one needs help with any type of drug abuse/addiction problem, contact these sites depending on where you live. SEMCA (Wayne County residents), CARE (Macomb County residents), PACE (Oakland County residents), Drug Free Detroit (City of Detroit residents). For those residing outside the State of Michigan, contact SAMHSA for assistance. For assistance with medical marijuana contact The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, or Michigan Medical Marijuana Certification Center.
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Marijuana possession legal in Detroit, yes or no? by Michael Velardo is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.