Grand Rapid leaders support decriminalizing pot; Chief doesn’t

Submitted by Peter Ross

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Mayor George Heartwell and the majority of the Grand Rapids City Commission joined other public officials Friday in endorsing Proposal 2, a city ballot question that would decriminalize possession of marijuana.
“Gathering around this issue today is simply another example of Grand Rapids perhaps leading the way, but taking risks to getting something done,” said John Logie, the city’s mayor from 1992-2003, and chairman of the Decriminalize G.R. campaign.
He noted how the city enacted a needle exchange program and a drug court during his tenure.   “It’s time, ladies and gentlemen to make another step,” Logie said at a morning news conference.
Joining Logie was George Heartwell, who said a majority of the city commission supports the plan that would make marijuana possession a civil infraction, punishable by up to a $100 fine. Sale of marijuana would still be a crime.
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