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Michigan Seeks Clarity on Legality of Marijuana

Jan 26, 2018

This week the House of Representatives approved House Concurrent Resolution No. 11 asking the federal government to clarify its position on the legality of marijuana. In 2008 Michigan voters approved a citizens-initiated ballot proposal allowing the medical use of marijuana. Similarly, twenty-eight other states have also passed legislation that conflicts with federal law. This creates law-enforcement and prosecution questions between the states and federal government. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has voiced his disapproval of legal marijuana in the past, rescinding an Obama policy leaving the decision of if or when to prosecute marijuana up to the states. This has led to many questions for states who allow marijuana usage in some manner.

The resolution has been sent to the Senate for consideration. If approved, it would be sent to the Michigan congressional delegation, the president of the U.S. Senate, and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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