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Detroit the New Amsterdam? Well-Known Lawyer Thinks Decriminalization Is Answer to City's Probs

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Well-known lawyer Geoffrey Fieger has an idea about how to improve Detroit’s economic prospects: legalize marijuana and prostitution to help attract young people to the troubled city.

Fieger’s proposal came during a taping of “Michigan Matters” during a discussion of ways to turn the city around.

“I could turn it around in five minutes,” Fieger said, according to Detroit Free Press columnist Carol Cain.

Fieger, a lawyer and onetime gubernatorial candidate, said he’d shovel snow and keep streets and parks clean. “Then, I’d tell the police department to leave marijuana alone and don’t spend one dime trying to enforce marijuana laws,” he said. “I also would not enforce prostitution laws and I’d make us the new Amsterdam.”

Also see:

ABA Journal: “Motormouth: Geoffrey Fieger’s fiery tongue has earned him millions. Now it could cost the Detroit lawyer his career.” “Fieger Firm Agrees to Pay $131K to Resolve FEC Contributions Probe”

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