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Marijuana Civil Infraction Ordinance Could Show on Benzie's November Ballot

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April 1, 2014 -

Benzie County could be the first county to decriminalize marijuana possession making state history.

Some in Benzie County want to see those caught with marijuana face civil, not criminal, penalties.

The ordinance proposal was made to the board of commissioners today in Beulah.

Behind the movement is Rev. Steven Thompson, founder and director of Benzie County's NORML Chapter a national group working to reform marijuana laws.

The county's legal counsel says the county government may not legally be able to enact something like this.

The voters however, could decide the fate of the ordinance - then it would be out of the county's hands.

In order to get on the November ballot, the group will have to meet an August 12th deadline for ballot language and signatures.

9&10's Marisa McKay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson take us inside the meeting where we hear from both sides of the issue.

More information about Benzie County's NORML chapter can be found here.