Flint Police Plan on Continuing Marijuana Arrests in Spite of Decriminalization
They say when something seems to good to be true, it probably is. I guess it's true, because regardless of the people's voice, Flint police plan on continuing to arrest adults for possession of marijuana on private property.
I reported on it yesterday, that marijuana laws in Flint were changing, thanks to the voice of the people. Almost 60 percent of voters approved a proposal that would decriminalize the drug, making people over the age of 19 with less than an ounce of pot, the bottom priority of law enforcement.
Law enforcement has decided that what people voted on doesn't matter though, as they have vowed to continue to arrest people with small amounts of weed. City officials have stated that they are bound by state and federal laws and the city ordinance was mostly symbolical. Their official statement read,
"The ballot proposal approved by Flint voters creating an exemption under city ordinance to allow persons at least 19 years old to possess less than one ounce of marijuana is symbolic in nature. It does not decriminalize possession of marijuana."
I'm not surprised, but I am disappointed. The government is basically saying that the people that it serves have no say in anything. Flint police chief Alvern Lock was quoted, "We’re still police officers and we’re still empowered to enforce the laws of the state of Michigan and the United States.We’re still going to enforce the laws as we’ve been enforcing them."