Each of the following Michigan cities have removed criminal penalties for the possession of a personal amount of marijuana under their own city ordinances. Ann Arbor led the way in 1972, but more recently, well over a dozen other cities in Michigan have passed similar laws. With only two exceptions, the following cities have replaced arrest and a jail sentence with a modest fine.

Unfortunately, despite broad support among voters, state law has remained unchanged, leaving those caught in possession at risk of arrest and jail. Please take a moment to urge your representative and senator to support a statewide law to remove criminal penalties for possession.

Order City Date
1 Ann Arbor 4/1972
2 Kalamazoo* 10/2012
3 Detroit 11/2012
4 Flint 11/2012
5 Grand Rapids 11/2012
6 Ypsilanti** 11/2012
7 Ferndale 11/2013
8 Jackson 11/2013
9 Lansing 11/2013
10 Hazel Park 8/2014
11 Oak Park 8/2014
12 Berkley 11/2014
13 Huntington Woods 11/2014
14 Mount Pleasant 11/2014
15 Pleasant Ridge 11/2014
16 Port Huron 11/2014
17 Saginaw 11/2014





East Lansing




Keego Harbor






*Possession is still a criminal offense in Kalamazoo, but the city lowered penalties and removed the option of arrest.

** Voters in Ypsilanti voted in support of a “lowest priority initiative,” designed to redirect police efforts away from enforcing laws against marijuana in lieu of more serious crime.