Mike Riggs on Michigan Municipalities Rejecting Marijuana Decriminalization and Democracy


While voters in Colorado, Washington, and Massachusetts celebrate the reform of those states' marijuana laws, residents in two Michigan cities are learning that marijuana ballot initiatives are only as effective as the people charged with implementing them. In Flint and Detroit, writes Mike Riggs, popular ballot measures decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of pot have been rendered toothless by resistant city governments.