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Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids voters will decide marijuana issues this fall


GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) -- It appears voters in Grand Rapids will join voters in Kalamazoo and be asked to make a decision on marijuana this November.

More than ten-thousand signatures were submitted this week by supporters of a decriminalization effort. Grand Rapids supporters would like to see marijuana possession and use charged as a civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor crime.

Kalamazoo Voters will also be deciding a marijuana initiative that was actually the result of a signature drive in 2011 but submitted too late to make the fall ballot last year. It would require the city to provide zoning for three medical marijuana dispensaries in commercial zones.

City Attorney Clyde Robinson says even if it passes, its unenforceable because the State’s Medical Marijuana law does not permit dispensaries.

It will be one of six charter amendments appearing on the fall ballot in the city this year.