Kent County

Kent Co. prosecutor expects to drop certain pot cases

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County prosecutor says he'll probably stop pursuing certain marijuana cases following the passage of Proposal 1.

The proposal, which passed with 56 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, legalizes the recreational use of marijuana. In court Wednesday, a Kent County judge sent three pending cases back to Prosecutor Chris Becker for consideration.

Becker confirmed Thursday he would may drop all the pending pot use and possession cases that his office is handling. He said his team would take a look at all the cases to make sure there aren't any specific reasons any of them should proceed.

There will still be a few types of marijuana cases Becker expects to prosecute because they are not covered by Proposal 1:

  • Those involving anyone between the ages of 17 and 20.
  • Those involving possession with intent to distribute.
  • Those involving driving under the influence.

After legalization goes into effect, which could happen as early as December, people 21 or older will be allowed to have, use and grow marijuana. You can carry up to 2.5 ounces, keep up to 10 ounces at home and grow up to 12 plants in your home for yourself. Using in public will still be illegal.

It could take two years to set up retail sales.


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