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Cannabis legalization petition might spark up on ballot

July 30, 2014

After a petition is submitted, the signatures are reviewed for validity before the petition is placed on the ballot.

The marijuana decriminalization petition would allow voters to decide on the marijuana reform similar to what Lansing voters enacted last year.

Along with allowing the use, possession or transfer of less than one ounce of marijuana on private property for those age 21 or older, the East Lansing measure additionally allows for those age 21 or older to transport less than one ounce of marijuana.

Jeffrey Hank, an attorney and congressional hopeful spearheading the petition, also led the Lansing marijuana reform, which passed with 61 percent of the vote in 2013.

If the East Lansing measure goes to vote and passes, local police could still arrest people for possession under state and federal law, Hank said. But the reform would remove financial incentive for local police executing such arrests.

MSU drug policies currently forbid the use of marijuana on university grounds and would not be changed by any marijuana reform enacted in East Lansing.

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