Grand Rapids Marijuana Law Upheld
In the final months of 2015, the Michigan Supreme Court provided much hope for the marijuana community by failing to hear and take up the case involving Grand Rapids’ marijuana law, decriminalizing marijuana within the city. It must be said that the Michigan Supreme Court did not specifically hear oral arguments or render an opinion, but rather the Court decided not to hear arguments on the case nor did it accept the case on appeal from the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Earlier in 2015, the Michigan Supreme Court found for the City, and it determined that the Grand Rapids’ marijuana law, which was amended through the City charter, was valid. The local ordinance does not replace or nullify any existing, specifically when faced against the state law that criminalizes marijuana under Michigan Public Health Code. Now, the City of Grand Rapids and its interrelated City Police Department issue civil infractions for violations of its marijuana ordinance. The civil infraction criminalizes an act involving marijuana, but it does not provide criminal punishment nor a criminal record. Instead, as stated above, a civil infraction is issued under Grand Rapids’ Marijuana law.
An individual must remember, the Grand Rapids Marijuana Law only applies within the city limits. If found in violation of the local law, an individual will face a $25.00 fine for the first violation, $50.00 for a second violation, and $100.00 for a third or subsequent violation. IN order to fall under this local law, the individual must be at least 18 years or older. There are still very many issues that can appear and evolve within Grand Rapids due to this new local ordinance; however, the Grand Rapids’ Marijuana Law does provide for certain safeties that were not in place beforehand.
It is essential to remember that individuals are not fully protected by the Grand Rapids’ marijuana law, even when those individuals are found to be possessing within the city limits. There are numerous reasons for this and they should be examined separately pursuant to each individual case at hand. With that said, whenever you are facing or could face charges for marijuana acts, please contact a criminal defense attorney immediately in order to seek advice and guidance on your individual case. Josh Jones is here for you 7-days a week and is only a phone call away.
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