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Flint City leaders: Despite vote, marijuana still illegal

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In Flint, voters said "yes" to lifting penalties for small amounts of marijuana.

Nearly 60 percent of voters approved a measure decriminalizing possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. That's just enough to fill a plastic sandwich bag.

This will now make it legal for anyone 19 years or older to have the drug on private property in the Vehicle City.

The city of Flint isn't the only one backing initiatives to decriminalize marijuana.

Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Ypsilanti and Detroit also passed marijuana proposals. But the federal government might have something different to say about the new laws. In states that have decriminalized small amounts of weed, the feds have still prosecuted individuals based on federal law.

The city of Flint issued this statement Wednesday afternoon on the ballot initiative:

The City of Flint is today announcing its position on the recent ballot proposal regarding the decriminalization of marijuana. The ballot proposal approved by Flint voters creating an exemption under city ordinance to allow persons at least nineteen years old to possess less than one ounce of marijuana is symbolic in nature.

It does not decriminalize possession of marijuana. Possession of marijuana continues to be illegal under state and federal laws. The police will continue to enforce state and federal laws relating to possession of marijuana. The ballot initiate does not provide a defense to those laws and the public should fully appreciate that possession of marijuana remains illegal.

For further questions please contact Flint City Attorney Pete Bade at 237-2075.

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