Recreational Marijuana Information

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety would like to address the legalization of recreational marijuana with a few basic educational tips.

Recreational marijuana use is only legal for those individuals 21 years of age or older.

Possession of 2 ½ ounces per person (on their person) is the allowable amount for those age of 21 or older.

NOT allowed:

  • Operating or being in control of a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana
  • Smoking marijuana within the passenger compartment of a vehicle by anyone within the vehicle
  • Consuming marijuana in public places, such as a business, restaurant or parking lot

While recreational marijuana has been legalized in Michigan, there remain many areas whose answer will come with future legislation and court decisions.

KDPS urges the responsible use and possession of recreational marijuana by those ages 21 or older. KDPS will continue to address illegal use and possession of recreational marijuana as directed by statue. 

The complete text of Michigan’s Recreational Marihuana Law may be found at

Connected City Informational Meeting on December 13

The City of Kalamazoo is hosting a third Connected City Informational Meeting on Thursday December 13 at 5:30pm at Metro Transit, 530 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI. 

Join us to learn about the ways Kalamazoo is becoming a more Connected City. Topics will include the Complete Streets Policy, MDOT Jurisdictional Transfer, and an update to the crosswalk ordinance. 

Learn more about the Complete Streets Policy and view the draft policy at

City of Kalamazoo to Conduct Risk-Limiting Audit Pilot on Wednesday, December 5

On Wednesday, December 5, the City of Kalamazoo will conduct a pilot of a Risk-Limiting Audit, a state-of-the-art post-election audit that provides a check on the reported election results. A relatively new election security measure, a Risk-Limiting Audit is designed to detect irregularities that could influence reported election outcomes, including intentional cyberattacks and unintentional machine or human errors.

“Our goal as election administrators is to foster confidence in the electoral process, the results of that process, and ultimately our democratic institutions,” said Kalamazoo City Clerk Scott Borling.  “Michigan voters put their faith in us to conduct free and fair elections. The Risk-Limiting Audit provides another tool and opportunity to demonstrate their trust is well placed.”

This pilot is one of three to be conducted the first week of December and part of the first multi-jurisdictional risk-limiting audit pilot in the country. Lansing and Rochester Hills will also pilot the procedure during the first week of December. For this project the Michigan Bureau of Elections and the municipal clerks partnered with a team of experts, including Ron Rivest and Mayuri Sridhar of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Jerome Lovato of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), Philip Stark and Kellie Ottoboni of the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University (NYU) School of Law, Verified Voting, and Indiana’s Voting System Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP).

Michigan’s election system already incorporates many election security measures recommended by national security and cybersecurity experts, including paper ballots and mandatory pre-election testing of all voting equipment. Risk-Limiting Audits may complement the existing procedures, and this pilot will assist election officials to determine whether they can work efficiently and effectively in Michigan.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kalamazoo City Hall, 241 W. South Street, Kalamazoo, MI and is open to the public. 

For additional information about risk-limiting audits, see “A Smart and Effective Way to Safeguard Elections” and “A Gentle Introduction to Risk-Limiting Audits.”

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