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GR Marijuana Ordinance to Take Effect

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The city of Grand Rapids’ marijuana ordinance, approved by voters, is set to take effect Wednesday, May 1st.

Under the ordinance, a person caught with marijuana in their possession will be given a civil infraction ticket instead of jail time.

The ordinance’s implementation has been delayed by a lawsuit involving Kent County.

The city manager’s office issued the following information Tuesday:

“The Grand Rapids City Commission is committed to implementing the City Charter amendment approved by voters to permit issuance of civil infractions for certain marijuana offenses.

At the April 24, 2013, Circuit Court hearing, Judge Paul Sullivan reported that he anticipated issuing a decision on the case within two weeks. The City awaits a court ruling.

Keeping with the May 1, 2013 start date committed to in March, the City Manager has issued an Executive Order directing the Grand Rapids Police Department to begin issuing civil infraction tickets for minor marijuana offenses. The City Manager’s Executive Order 2013-01, effective Wednesday, May 1, 2013, describes the conditions under which a municipal civil infraction ticket will be issued.”

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7 Comments to “GR Marijuana Ordinance to Take Effect”

    Wendy said:
    April 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    What if they have a medical marijuana license?

    guest said:
    April 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    now will the cops actually understand this or does someone have to sue first? that and also that stupid councilperson?? i really wish these uptight @$$hats would just get l@id once good and chill out.

      Guest said:
      April 30, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      I mean even if they do still arrest you, you'll get to the police station and the cops superiors will be like you dumbass to him

    PINKPOT said:
    April 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    im sure this law is for people without an mmmp card!
    mmmp people if they carry properly obviously have medical need and state permission to do so.
    ..but can still can be arrested (now just ticketed) for carrying improperly

    carry in your trunk or locked in glove compartment and let officers know u have it and are within ur proper storage and limits.

    you should have no problem then…
    remember nocard nocarry
    AT LEAST ITS A TICKET AND NOT JAIL!!!

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