Hazel Park, Oak Park vote to green light marijuana

Hazel Park, Oak Park vote to green light marijuana

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On Tuesday Hazel Park and Oak Park became two more cities which approved ballot proposals  to legalize marijuana in Michigan's primary.

"This was truly amazing because in this case there was no organized opposition whatsoever," said Tim Beck, chairman of the Safer Michigan Coalition. "We didn't spend one dime on this campaign and we are happy about that."

While not spending  money to win is something to smile about, the topic does not go without opposition. Legalizing marijuana has long sparked debate.

The Safer Michigan Coalition seems to be dominating the discussion.

"People are just simply tired of wasting police resources on something that should be illegal anyway," Beck said. "Every time you go through the paper work of pushing a small time marijuana user it takes away resources from other crimes that destroy the quality of life in the community."

Not everyone agrees but you wouldn't know it by looking at the numbers. The proposal passed by 53 percent in Oak Park and 63 percent in Hazel Park.

The new law takes effect as soon as the votes are certified by the Oakland County election division.  

It doesn't mean people with less than an ounce of marijuana found on their personal property are in the clear, as smoking pot is still a violation of state and federal laws.

Fifteen more cities could have similar proposals on the ballot in November and they are expected to pass which means by the end of the year 30 Michigan cities will have said yes to marijuana.

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