Marijuana prohibition has led to a number of unjust arrests, lifelong punishment, and the destruction of family life. While many local law enforcement agencies remain behind the times, there are some that are hoping to change the direction of how we punish marijuana possession by passing the decriminalization of marijuana.
This is a closer look at the cities and the states that are making a difference.
Where Marijuana Possession is Decriminalized
The decriminalization of marijuana is a phenomenon that is happening across the country, but the Green Revolution is really making way in Michigan. However, it is also taking place in other cities, as well. Some of the current areas that have decriminalized the plant include:
Ann Arbor, MI
East Lansing, MI
Grand Rapids, MI
Huntington Woods, MI
Keego Harbor, MI
Mount Pleasant, MI
New Orleans, LA
New York City, New York
Port Huron, MI
Santa Fe, NM
While some cities have not fully passed the decriminalization of marijuana, many cities have made non-medical marijuana arrests of low priority. Those cities include:
Eureka Springs, AR
San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Why the Decriminalization of Recreational Marijuana is Important
Marijuana arrests have led to a number of problems for individuals, and for countries. Prisons are running out of room and cannabis users’ lives are being ruined by an unjust system. Because marijuana is fairly safe, there is little reason for the plant to be illegal. However, if it is to remain illegal, it is important that we, at the very least, decriminalize it.
Ending the prison-industrialization complex will help give back lives to those that are not violent criminals. Considering alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, it is hard to deem it fair that it is legal when marijuana is not. If people are not arrested for the possession of alcohol, why should people be arrested for the possession of marijuana?
Decriminalization will lead to higher morale and lower crime rates among the populace of any region that chooses to pass such measures.
A Step Further: Full Legalization
Beyond the decriminalization of marijuana, there is a much more liberal step: full legalization. Only a few states have legalized recreational marijuana. Those include:
States that allow medical marijuana are as follows:
District of Columbia
Many states still treat cannabis possession as a serious offense. It is difficult to find that fair, considering there are states that allow its recreational use.
The decriminalization of marijuana will not only help those that need cannabis for recreational purposes, but also for those that use it medicinally. While Michigan’s Green Revolution is a start, it is just the beginning of an uphill battle. We must keep pushing for the freedom to use cannabis. That way, everyone has the same freedom. Because isn’t that really what America is all about?