Gr. Rapids pot law stands after high court takes a pass

December 12, 2015:

GRAND RAPIDS — The Michigan Supreme Court won’t intervene in a dispute over a Grand Rapids law that makes possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense similar to a traffic ticket.

In an order released Saturday, the court declined to take an appeal from the Kent County prosecutor.

Justice David Viviano wanted to take the case, saying it raises a critical question over a prosecutor’s “broad power to enforce state law.”

Grand Rapids police officers don’t have to report marijuana cases to the prosecutor unless they involve grow operations; someone has more than 2.5 ounces; or a person is caught committing another crime.

The appeals court upheld the law. It said Grand Rapids voters made the change by amending the City Charter — not through an ordinance. It’s a critical distinction under Michigan law.

Associated Press 1:36 p.m. EST December 12, 2015

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