Article by Alexander Alusheff, Lansing State Journal
If you’re over the age of 21, you can now smoke marijuana in your front yard in East Lansing without being arrested.
East Lansing passed an ordinance Tuesday night that allows people over the age of 21 to use or possess less than an ounce of marijuana on private property. For those under the age of 21, it’s a civil infraction that carries a fine of $25 and community service or a required substance abuse course.
So getting high on private property is fine under the city’s ordinances. State law still considers the use or possession of marijuana a misdemeanor, punishable by of up to one year in jail.
“Police always have the option to seek criminal charges under state law,” said Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth of the East Lansing Police Department. “Most of the time they’ll take the civil infraction.”