Keego Harbor votes yes to legalize small amounts of pot

- UPDATE: According to Oakland County's website, small amounts of marijuana were approved by a count of 260 yes votes to 210 for no.

Our earlier posted story begins below.

A controversial Election Day in Keego Harbor, a father and son team are backing a ballot proposal for recreational marijuana use and they're both running for city council.

Peter Trzos and his father Phil are lifelong residents of Keego Harbor, running for city council together and looking to make a lot of change on Tuesday's ballot.

The proposal would permit adults 21 and older to possess small amounts of marijuana on private property, but even if this were to pass it wouldn't matter because it would be trumped by state law.

Proposing term limitations for city leaders and most controversially, recreational use of marijuana.

"If you care about people's rights, about having police resources used on solving violent crimes instead of prejudice against marijuana users, if you care about the medical marijuana community, this is a steppingstone towards the path of full legalization,” said Peter Trzos.

Peter Trzos says dozens of cities in Michigan have been and will be voting on the same moot ordinance, in order to set the stage for a state wide vote to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016.

"If in the future the state chose to say small amounts of marijuana legal, on public property or by people over 21, it would be a right given to us by the state. It prevents the city from taking it away from us illegally,” said Trzos.

Chief of Keego Harbor police Kenneth Hurst is against the ordinance.

"Bottom line is, they're pro-marijuana, and it’s not medical marijuana it's for pro-marijuana,” said Chief Hurst.

Also pointing out, the father and son pair are facing personal illegal marijuana offenses.

"Peter Trzos was arrested by the county’s net team for selling marijuana to an undercover officer. He's facing charges right now on that, and Peter's father Phil had his house raided by the county's net team,” said Chief Hurst.

Trzos will argue his case in court, claiming he was discriminated against.

"Full legalization is the only way medical patients can get the protection they need and deserve,” said Trzos.

Now, it's up to voters to decide.

 

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