Much of the time they would rather avoid cannabis calls plus focus on more pressing matters at hand, like violence, theft, or sexual assault
After I left Washtenaw County to live in the southern United States for a few years, people never believed me about the progressive stance towards marijuana back home. Forget about the new legal status of recreational marijuana in Michigan, it has been decriminalized in our hometown of Ann Arbor since the early 1973s. In the south you could get arrested if a cop found a single roach or weed seed in your car. I had a acquaintance of mine who had a perfect score on his SAT plus yet got expelled from high university just a few weeks before graduation after something tragic occurred with a stray cannabis seed in his car. A cop was looking through his driver side window at a can of soda in his cup holder after initially mistaking it for beer. However, he looked closer plus saw a seed resting next to a stray Bic lighter plus that was all the probable cause that he needed to initiate a search of the vehicle. Even though our acquaintance didn’t have weed with him that morning or in his automobile at all that week, they inspected the seed plus then expelled him when the results came back. Ann Arbor Police might give you a ticket if they bust you for being negligent with cannabis in public, but that’s usually if they get a complaint or you’re smoking a joint in plain view of an officer of the law. Much of the time they would rather avoid cannabis calls plus focus on more pressing matters at hand, like violence, theft, or sexual assault. I still couldn’t convince our friends that our hometown had a literal “pot fine” instead of an arrest-mindset.