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Marijuana decriminalized in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Possession of a small amount of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense in Grand Rapids.
The city's new marijuana ordinance just took effect at midnight.
Starting Wednesday morning possession of less than 2-and-a-half ounces of marijuana is now just a civil infraction in Grand Rapids, similar to getting a traffic ticket.
But it's not clear at this point how long this new law will last.
This issue has been an ongoing battle ever since voters approved the new city marijuana ordinance back in November.
It was supposed to take effect right away, but Kent County Prosecutor Bill Forsyth filed a lawsuit claiming decriminalizing marijuana possession violated state law.
A judge's decision on that lawsuit is expected within the next week.
But Tuesday the city manager issued an executive order to put the ordinance into effect starting Wednesday.
We'll have to wait and see how the judge's ruling may affect this.
Grand Rapids isn't the only place where pot possession is now a civil infraction. The city of Kalamazoo also adopted a similar measure last year and there's legislation under consideration in the state House right now to decriminalize marijuana statewide.