West Central Michigan
The QDMA REACH Program
REACH is an aggressive national education and outreach program from the Quality Deer Management Association that benefits hunters, landowners and deer managers in several ways. REACH is the acronym for Research, Educate, Advocate, Certify and Hunt.
Dave Bopp, President
Jim Blaszak, Vice President:
GR Won't Implement The Decriminalization Of Marijuana (Wood)
The City of Grand Rapids will not put an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana into effect, even after a Kent County judge lifted an injunction and gave the city the go-ahead.
City Manager Greg Sundstrom Tuesday evening said the city will not implement an ordinance that would make getting caught with marijuana a civil infraction rather than a crime.
The ordinance has been at the center of controversy since voters passed it in November 2012. In December, Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth asked for and was granted a restraining order against the amended ordinance, calling it unconstitutional. He filed suit to get it off the books.
Last month, a Kent County judge lifted that order, giving the city the green light to implement the ordinance, at least until the court makes a final ruling on the suit.
But Sundstrom said the city will wait for a final decision before it moves forward because the case is still in court.
Sundstrom says he expects the court to deliver that final decision in April.