FLINT, MI -- Flint police will continue to arrest people for marijuana possession despite a ballot proposal that voters approved Tuesday, Nov. 6, to decriminalize the drug, according to a statement released by the city Wednesday.
These are the quotes I really like:
Nearly 57 percent of city voters approved the measure to amend the city ordinance to remove penalties for anyone 19 years or older who have less than an ounce of marijuana -- about enough to fill a plastic sandwich bag -- on private property.
"The ballot proposal approved by Flint voters creating an exemption under city ordinance to allow persons at least 19 years old to possess less than one ounce of marijuana is symbolic in nature," the city's statement read. "It does not decriminalize possession of marijuana."
"We’re still police officers and we’re still empowered to enforce the laws of the state of Michigan and the United States," said Flint police chief Alvern Lock. "We’re still going to enforce the laws as we’ve been enforcing them."
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said his office will continue to review cases that are brought to his office.
Brian Morrissey, of the Coalition for a Safer Flint, the group that gathered the signatures to get the initiative on the ballot, said he was disappointed with the city's decision.
"If the city police want to follow state law rather than city law, then maybe the state should be paying their salary," said Morrissey.Good point, that.