I grew up in a city of potheads. That’s a wild exaggeration, but I did grow up in a city that was one of the first in the nation to decriminalize marijuana.
In 1972, when I was a high school freshman in Ann Arbor, Mich., the city council passed an ordinance making possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil infraction, subject to a $5 fine. The penalty has since been raised to $25.
The vote made national headlines, but as I recall, it seemed almost anti-climatic. The vote — challenged in court but later re-affirmed by a voter referendum — wasn’t nearly as exciting as having John Lennon and Yoko Ono come to town.
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