Michigan Lawmakers Introduce Decriminalization Bill

Apr 24, 2013

Ann Arbor, Clarklake, decriminalization, HB 4623, Jeff Irwin, Michigan, Mike Callton, Mike Shirkey, Nashville

[caption id="attachment_6333" align="alignleft" width="210"]Jeff_Irwin_041012_RJS-thumb-400x266-108436 Rep. Jeff Irwin[/caption]

Michigan Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana in Michigan could result in a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000 . House Bill 4623 would re-label the offense as a civil infraction punishable by a fine based on whether it was a repeat offense.
[caption id="attachment_6334" align="alignright" width="171"]Shirkey Rep. Mike Shirkey[/caption]

"We know, and the people here in Michigan know, that marijuana prohibition is not working," Rep. Irwin said today during a press conference at the state Capitol, where he was joined by the bill’s Republican co-sponsors, Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville).

"This is the right time to have this debate in Michigan," said Rep. Shirkey. "We're using a lot of money, energy and resources in Michigan and across the nation to accomplish something we've failed at."

If you live in Michigan, please ask your legislators to support marijuana decriminalization!