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Bill introduced to decriminalize marijuana in Michigan


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Could marijuana be decriminalized in Michigan? State Representative Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor has bipartisan backing for his effort to decriminalize possession of marijuana in in the state.

The Democrat unveiled his bill this week, with Republicans Mike Shirkey and Mike Callton signing on as co-sponsors.  Ann Arbor enacted a policy years ago to write tickets for pot possession rather than make arrests, while Grand Rapids is struggling with the issue.  Irwin says the state spends over 325-million dollars a year to battle marijuana, but says law enforcement is losing the battle.  A recent YouGov poll found that 51-percent of voting age Americans say marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and regulated like alcohol, while 33-percent were against the idea