Voters in Keego Harbor made marijuana legal for adults. It was among many key proposals that passed in Tuesday’s election across metro Detroit.
The marijuana proposals — legalizing the “usage, possession and transfer” of an ounce or less of cannabis by anyone 21 or older, and only within a private non-public space such as a house — passed with 260 votes, or 55%, with 210 voters opposed, or 45%.
The city in Oakland County’s lakes district joins half a dozen other communities in the county and more than a dozen across Michigan to have legalized cannabis possession for adults or to have the drug made their community’s lowest law-enforcement priority. A proposal very similar to the Keego Harbor measure also passed in the Kalamazoo County city of Portage.
Elsewhere in marijuana balloting, Ohio voters rejected a proposal that would have made the state the fifth to legalize marijuana use. Initial tallies showed the proposal failing by a 2-to-1 margin, apparently defeated by a coalition of strange bedfellows — those who saw it as promoting drug abuse and those who support legalization but not in the manner of the proposal. Many Ohioans who want to “free the weed” said the ballot measure would’ve created a series of monopolies for production of cannabis, driving up prices and shutting out small-scale growers.
In Keego Harbor and Portage, opponents of the local legalization measures that passed had said they would conflict with state and federal laws against marijuana. But those in favor said that passing the proposals would put fresh pressure on Lansing lawmakers to consider statewide legalization bills.