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Detroit police remain unclear on handling of marijuana possession in wake of legalization

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
DETROIT — Detroit voters overwhelmingly supported decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana in November, but so far it doesn't appear anything has changed from the government or legal perspectives. 
 
Not one of the four agencies MLive Detroit spoke to about the law said they have instructed officers to discontinue arrests or citations for marijuana possession in the city, based on the guidelines of the proposal.
 
The proposal voters passed 65-35 over a month ago says it's now legal for anyone over 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana on private property in Detroit. 
 
State police said the proposal has no bearing on their enforcement operations. Get caught with pot and you'll be cited under a misdemeanor violation of state possession laws and subject to $2,000 in fines and up to a year in jail, said State Police Lt. Mike Shaw. 
 
"We don’t enforce local ordinances, so nothing has changed for us," Shaw said. "Mariuana is still illegal for us according to state law. Anyone who doesn't have a medical marijuana card will be arrested for state possession" violation.
 
Shaw said any agency is allowed to write a violation based on the state law, even with the success of the proposal. 
 
The Detroit Police Department seems to be in limbo on the matter.
 

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