Traverse City, Ferndale voters favor medical marijuana

November 09, 2005


A newly approved city ordinance in Traverse City will instruct police to go easy on those who use marijuana for medical purposes.Voters endorsed the ordinance in yesterday's election, with 1,594 in favor and 925 opposed -- a 63 percent approval rate.


The northern Michigan city's proposal doesn't make marijuana legal but declares possession, use or delivery of the drug by a medical patient the "lowest law enforcement priority of the city."


A similar proposal in Ferndale passed 1,894 to 1,222.


But state law prohibits possession and use of marijuana, raising doubts about the legality of the municipal ordinances.

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