Prosecutor loses appeal over GR marijuana law

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of Grand Rapids in a challenge to a law that that makes possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense similar to a traffic ticket.

The Kent County prosecutor argued that Grand Rapids was illegally trumping state law. But the appeals court says there’s an important distinction. It notes that voters made the change by amending the City Charter, or constitution — not through an ordinance.

The court says there’s no conflict. The 3-0 decision was released Friday.

Grand Rapids police officers have been told not to report marijuana cases to the prosecutor unless they involve grow operations or a drug house; someone has more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana; or a person is caught with pot during another crime.

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