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MARQUETTE – This past November, Michigan became the first midwest state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana.

While the proposal represented a milestone for the state, there are still a few blurred lines surrounding its meaning. One of the big questions surrounding the proposal is allowing businesses to sell recreational marijuana.

“With the medical marijuana, it actually took about four years for the state and everyone to get on the same page where it was a good law,” said Greg Zyburt, Marquette County Sheriff. “I can see that it’s going to take a couple of years for this where everyone is on board and understanding it.”

Earlier this week, two Marquette County attorneys spoke with NMU students and members of the community on what the passing of Proposition One in Michigan means for residents legally. In Negaunee, the city council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana within city limits. What some think would put an end to other potential issues.

“I think there’s going to be less emphasis on the smoking of it, although it is illegal to smoke it in public; you have to do it in private of your own home or private residence,” said Zyburt. “But I think you’re going to see a lot more people doing it out in the open. I don’t think law enforcment is going to be going after it as much as they used to.”

Another issue Zyburt says facing law enforcement is being able to tell if a driver is under the influence of marijuana.

“When I pull you over, we’re going to go through a standard field sobriety test,” said Zyburt. “If they fight it and they go to court, I’ll have to be able to articulate in court why this person was impaired; why I believe they were under the influence.”

The Negaunee City Council will be having a public hearing on the matter at its next regular meeting next month.