Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin plans to introduce a bill in the state House of Representatives that would lessen the penalties for using marijuana. Several communities in Michigan have already voted to decriminalize marijuana possession, but this new bill would change the law statewide.
He explained, “We must take those policies that are already governing a good percentage of people in Michigan, and are working just fine, and apply those policies statewide. And by doing so, we will free up a lot of law enforcement resources.”
The bill would decriminalize low level marijuana possession and change the penalty to a fine rather than jail time.
Irwin believes that the state wastes millions of dollars by “running marijuana users through the court system and doing so at a great cost to our state and at great cost to those individuals and their futures.”