Flint voters OK legalizing medical marijuana

February 27, 2007

, Associated Press

Voters in the city gave approval to a measure legalizing the use of medical marijuana. The proposal to allow the possession and use of marijuana with a doctor’s approval passed Tuesday with nearly 62 percent of the vote, or 1,777 to 1,101, in unofficial results, WJRT-TV reported.

The move is mostly symbolic, since state and federal laws outlaw the use of the drug, which advocates claim alleviates pain and nausea, The Flint Journal reported.

Detroit, Ann Arbor and Ferndale have approved similar measures. Voters in Traverse City in 2005 approved a measure that, while not legalizing the drug, declared possession, use or delivery by a medical patient the “lowest law enforcement priority of the city.”

Opponents in Flint had said the city was already battling crime and drug problems and shouldn’t legalize marijuana use, even under special circumstances.

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