Irwin himself would go further: in April, he announced a bill to decriminalize marijuana altogether. "Basically it would take the policy of Ann Arbor and make it a state wide policy," he explains.
Though Irwin says "reaction has been pretty positive," he admits that decriminalization's chance of passing is "considerably less than the dispensaries bill." But even if it dies in the legislature, he says, that won't be the end of the issue.
Decriminalization, says Irwin, "is an idea whose time has come-and the only question is whether the legislature does something or citizens put it on the ballot."
[Originally published in July, 2013.]