Ann Arbor, MI Medicinal Marijuana Initiative
Type: Ballot Initiative
Status: Adopted on 11/2/04
Vote: In Favor - 70% Opposed - 30%
Source File: (Missing)
Text: Ann Arbor's Proposal C, which was approved by 74% of voters on Nov. 2nd, 2004, amended section 16.2 of the city's municipal charter in support of medical cannabis users. Primarily, it amended section (b) to create an exception and an affirmative defense for medical cannabis. The passing of Prop. C also changed the wording of a portion of section (b) which pertains to cannabis offenses in general, substituting "not less than $100.00 for the third or subsequent offense" with simply "$100.00 for the third or subsequent offense."
Specific Amendments Made to Section 16.2 of Ann Arbor's Municipal Charter: Restrictions of Marijuana SECTION 16.2.
(a) No person shall possess, control, use, give away, or sell marijuana or cannabis, which is defined as all parts of the plant cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; its seeds or resin; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the above, unless such possession, control, use, or sale is pursuant to a license or prescription as provided in Public Act 196 of 1971, as amended. This definition does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compounds, manufacture, sale, derivative, mixture or preparation of the mature stalks, except the resin extracted there from, fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination.
(b) Violations of this section shall be civil infractions. Persons convicted of violating this section shall be fined $25.00 for the first offense, $50.00 for the second offense, $100.00 for the third or subsequent offense and no incarceration, probation, nor any other punitive or rehabilitative measure shall be imposed. Fines and all other costs shall be waived upon proof that the defendant is recommended by a physician, practitioner or other qualified health professional to use or provide the marijuana or cannabis for medical treatment. The court may waive all or part of the fine upon proof that the defendant attended a substance abuse program. It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that the use or intended use of the marijuana or cannabis relieves, or has the potential to relieve, the pain, disability, discomfort or other adverse symptoms of illness or medical treatment, or restores, maintains or improves, or has the potential to restore, maintain or improve, the health or medical quality of life of the user or intended user or users of the marijuana or cannabis. Requirements of this subjection shall not be construed to exclude the assertion of other defenses. (Amended by election of April 2, 1990 and November 2, 2004)
(c) In all arrests and prosecutions for violations of this section, appearance tickets and the relevant procedures set forth in Public Act 147 of 1968, as amended, shall be used.
(d) No Ann Arbor police officer, or his or her agent, shall complain of the possession, control, use, giving away, or sale of marijuana or cannabis to any other authority except the Ann Arbor city attorney; and the city attorney shall not refer any said complaint to any other authority for prosecution.
(e) No Ann Arbor police officer, or his or her agent, shall complain and the city attorney shall not refer for prosecution any complaint, of the possession, control, use, giving away, sale or cultivation of marijuana or cannabis upon proof that the defendant is recommended by a physician, practitioner or other qualified health professional to use or provide the marijuana or cannabis for medical treatment. (Amended by election of November 2, 2004)
(f) Should the State of Michigan enact lesser penalties than that set forth in subsection (b) above, or entirely repeal penalties for the possession, control, use, giving away, or sale of marijuana or cannabis, then this section, or the relevant portions thereof, shall be null and void.
(Amended by election of November 2, 2004)
(g) The people of the City of Ann Arbor specifically determine that the provisions herein contained concerning marijuana or cannabis are necessary to serve the local purposes of providing just and equitable legal treatment of the citizens of this community, and in particular of the youth of this community present as university students or otherwise; and to provide for the public peace and safety by preserving the respect of such citizens for the law and law enforcement agencies of the City. (Amended by election of November 2, 2004) (Section 16.2 added by election of April 2, 1974)