Marijuana Legalization: Saginaw, Mount Pleasant Among A Dozen Michigan Communities Circulating Local Ballot Petitions

“The state of Michigan is ripe for change,” he said. “It is highly likely that every one of these efforts will be successful.” Eric Herbers is heading up the campaign in Clare. Herbers said organizers in Clare also hope to place the ballot measure on the ballot in November. McQueen said he grew up in a poor family and witnessed firsthand the impact of laws against the possession and sale of marijuana on poorer communities in the state. “The end goal would be full legalization and regulation of medical and recreational use of marijuana,” he said. “The short-term goal, I guess, would be to show state officials that it’s OK to have this conversation about legalizing marijuana.” In Mount Pleasant, McQueen said, he hopes that local funding going to enforce marijuana laws could, if the proposal passed, be reinvested to fight other crime in the city. Herbers agreed, saying Clare has much bigger problems than marijuana use. He listed continued issues with methamphetamine, break-ins and other recent incidents as proof. “Why shouldn’t someone with a responsible mind smoke a joint, or whatever they prefer, if they stay out of trouble?” he said. Justice said she has seen poverty and violent crime in Saginaw and would like to see government and law enforcement direct any resources used on enforcement of marijuana laws to those issues instead.
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