Marijuana has been in the decriminalization process since 1973 with many states over the years passing laws to either authorize the use of marijuana or prohibit it. It is time to stop treating marijuana like a deadly drug, when science and public opinion agree that it is relatively safe for adult recreational and medical use. With recreational and medical marijuana on the verge of nationwide legalization, marijuana growers and dispensaries are popping up everywhere.

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor’s office in western Michigan is dropping some pending marijuana cases after voters in the state approved recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and older.

A statement from the office of Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says he’ll also consider expunging any past marijuana convictions that otherwise would have complied with the new state law. It’s not immediately known how many cases would be affected by the decision.

The prosecutor in Kent County, western Michigan’s largest county, earlier said he’d probably drop pending marijuana cases that match the law passed by voters.

Although Proposal 1 passed with nearly 56 percent of the vote Nov. 6, 2018, some Michigan communities already are opting out of allowing retail cannabis sales. And federal prosecutors have said no one should expect immunity under federal law simply because Michigan voters approved adult-use marijuana.

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