Senate bill introduced that would loosen marijuana laws in Michigan

March 9, 2016:

KALAMAZOO (WKZO-AM) — State Sen. Coleman Young II, D-Detroit, has introduced legislation that would decriminalize the sale, possession and cultivation of marijuana in Michigan.

Young claims current laws disproportionately affect African-Americans, who are three times as likely to be jailed for possessing pot.

“We have a law that’s perpetuating the cycle of poverty, and incarceration and oppression of African-Americans and minorities,” Young said.

Michigan would be following 20 states that have reduced their marijuana penalties.

“People are tired, they learned the lessons from alcohol prohibition, and they don’t see the need, frankly, to arrest people,” Young said.

The legislation would make it a civil infraction for lighting up in public and behind the wheel, and would also impose a tax on growers.

By Anthony Pollreisz

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