Whitmer will consider forgiving marijuana crimes

Gretchen Whitmer gives her acceptance speech after being elected the next governor of Michigan. The Michigan Democratic Party held its election night event at the Sound Board Theater at Motor City Casino in Detroit, November 6, 2018.

Gretchen Whitmer gives her acceptance speech after being elected the next governor of Michigan. The Michigan Democratic Party held its election night event at the Sound Board Theater at Motor City Casino in Detroit, November 6, 2018. David Guralnick, The Detroit News

Kim Williams and Paulette Compass, both with SEIU, cheer as Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan tells the Democratic crowd at MotorCity Casino's Sound Board that  Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is in the lead in the early results.

Kim Williams and Paulette Compass, both with SEIU, cheer as Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan tells the Democratic crowd at MotorCity Casino’s Sound Board that Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is in the lead in the early results. Daniel Mears, The Detroit News

"I am so excited about what the state of Michigan is doing right now," said Garlin Gilchrist II said after the race was called. "I am so proud to humbly accept the opportunity to serve as your next lieutenant governor."

“I am so excited about what the state of Michigan is doing right now,” said Garlin Gilchrist II said after the race was called. “I am so proud to humbly accept the opportunity to serve as your next lieutenant governor.” Daniel Mears, Detroit News

Bill Schuette and Lisa Posthumus Lyons concede the governor’s race as the Michigan GOP gathers at the Lansing Center on Election Night. Dale G. Young, The Detroit News

Lt. governor candidate Lisa Posthumus Lyons addresses the crowd beside running mate Bill Schuette and his wife Cynthia as the Michigan GOP gathers at the Lansing Center.

Lt. governor candidate Lisa Posthumus Lyons addresses the crowd beside running mate Bill Schuette and his wife Cynthia as the Michigan GOP gathers at the Lansing Center. Dale G. Young, The Detroit News

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow makes her way on stage after winning her race against John James. She joined Democratic Party candidates at the Sound Board theater in the MotorCity Casino in Detroit Tuesday night. Daniel Mears, The Detroit News

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, right, celebrates with her mother Ann Greer after winning re-election.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, right, celebrates with her mother Ann Greer after winning re-election. David Guralnick, The Detroit News

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, left, and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee join hands after speaking  at the Michigan Democratic Party  election night event at the Sound Board Theater at Motor City Casino in Detroit, November 6, 2018.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, left, and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee join hands after speaking at the Michigan Democratic Party election night event at the Sound Board Theater at Motor City Casino in Detroit, November 6, 2018. David Guralnick, The Detroit News

Elissa Slotkin, Democratic candidate for Michigan's 8th Congressional District, speaks at an election night watch party in Clarkston, early Wednesday.

Elissa Slotkin, Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, speaks at an election night watch party in Clarkston, early Wednesday. Paul Sancya, AP

Michigan Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel thanks supporters at the Democrats' election night party in Detroit. At left is her wife,  Alanna Maguire

Michigan Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel thanks supporters at the Democrats’ election night party in Detroit. At left is her wife, Alanna Maguire Daniel Mears, The Detroit News

Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson thanks her supporters during the Democratic Party election night party at the Sound Board theater at Motor City Casino in Detroit on Tuesday night.

Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson thanks her supporters during the Democratic Party election night party at the Sound Board theater at Motor City Casino in Detroit on Tuesday night. Daniel Mears, The Detroit News

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., left, shakes hands at his campaign watch party with supporter Tommy Saracino in Rochester, Tuesday.

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., left, shakes hands at his campaign watch party with supporter Tommy Saracino in Rochester, Tuesday. Jose Juarez, AP

With wife Elizabeth at his side, Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James thanks his supporters, concedes the race and says he will enjoy having more time with his family. He spoke at his election night party  at James Group International in Detroit.

With wife Elizabeth at his side, Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James thanks his supporters, concedes the race and says he will enjoy having more time with his family. He spoke at his election night party at James Group International in Detroit. Robin Buckson, The Detroit News

Haley Stevens, candidate for Michigan's 11th Congressional District seat,  greets supporters at an election night party in Birmingham.

Haley Stevens, candidate for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District seat, greets supporters at an election night party in Birmingham. Carlos Osorio, AP

Jim and Maria Stevens react after learning their daughter Haley Stevens was the projected winner for Michigan's 11th Congressional District seat at an election night party in Birmingham.

Jim and Maria Stevens react after learning their daughter Haley Stevens was the projected winner for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District seat at an election night party in Birmingham. Carlos Osorio, AP

Bill Schuette talks with a TV reporter at the Lansing Center on Tuesday evening before the GOP election night party on November, 6, 2018.

Bill Schuette talks with a TV reporter at the Lansing Center on Tuesday evening before the GOP election night party on November, 6, 2018. Dale G. Young, The Detroit News

Supporters munch on some free snacks as the Michigan GOP gathers at the Lansing Center to wait for results.

Supporters munch on some free snacks as the Michigan GOP gathers at the Lansing Center to wait for results. Dale G. Young, The Detroit News

People gather around the television at the Republican election night party at the Lansing Center.

People gather around the television at the Republican election night party at the Lansing Center. Dale G. Young, The Detroit News

U.S. Senator Gary Peters, retiring Congressman Sandy Levin, his brother, former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and newly elected Congressman Andy Levin, son of Sandy, celebrate at the Democratic election night party.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters, retiring Congressman Sandy Levin, his brother, former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and newly elected Congressman Andy Levin, son of Sandy, celebrate at the Democratic election night party. Daniel Mears, Detroit News

Lt. Governor-elect Garlin Gilchrist II's son falls asleep on his wife's shoulder at the  Democratic Party's election night event.

Lt. Governor-elect Garlin Gilchrist II’s son falls asleep on his wife’s shoulder at the Democratic Party’s election night event. Daniel Mears, The Detroit News

Michigan governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer waves to her supporters with other Democratic Party candidates at the Sound Board theater in the MotorCity Casino in Detroit, Tuesday night. Daniel Mears, Detroit News

Democrats cheer as the results come in Tuesday night at their party at the Sound Board theater in the MotorCity Casino in Detroit.

Democrats cheer as the results come in Tuesday night at their party at the Sound Board theater in the MotorCity Casino in Detroit. Daniel Mears, Detroit News

Amy Jonker and Andrea Forsyth have fun posing for a  photo taken by Sara Vroman in front of the stage where the Democrats are hoping Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer will announce a victory later Tuesday night.  Democrats gathered at the Sound Board theater in the MotorCity Casino in Detroit.

Amy Jonker and Andrea Forsyth have fun posing for a photo taken by Sara Vroman in front of the stage where the Democrats are hoping Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer will announce a victory later Tuesday night. Democrats gathered at the Sound Board theater in the MotorCity Casino in Detroit. Daniel Mears, The Detroit News

Deborah Richardson of Highland, left, and Vikki Parman of Commerce wait for results to come in at the election night party for U.S. Senate Republican candidate John James in Detroit.

Deborah Richardson of Highland, left, and Vikki Parman of Commerce wait for results to come in at the election night party for U.S. Senate Republican candidate John James in Detroit. Robin Buckson, The Detroit News

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan addresses the crowd Tuesday night at the Democratic Election Night party at MotorCity Casino's Sound Board.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan addresses the crowd Tuesday night at the Democratic Election Night party at MotorCity Casino’s Sound Board. Daniel Mears,The Detroit News

Nancy Corsett of Lexington applauds as early results are shown on television at the election night party for U.S. Senate Republican candidate John James at James Group International in Detroit Tuesday night.

Nancy Corsett of Lexington applauds as early results are shown on television at the election night party for U.S. Senate Republican candidate John James at James Group International in Detroit Tuesday night. Robin Buckson, The Detroit News

Residents leave after casting their ballots in the gym at Brewer Elementary School in Detroit, Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2018.

Residents leave after casting their ballots in the gym at Brewer Elementary School in Detroit, Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2018. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News

Elissa Slotkin, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, fills out her voting card before casting her ballot at the Karl Richter Community Center in Holly on Nov. 6, 2018.

Elissa Slotkin, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, fills out her voting card before casting her ballot at the Karl Richter Community Center in Holly on Nov. 6, 2018. Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer answers questions with Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, left, and daughters Sherry, rear, and Sydney, right, after casting her ballot, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Lansing.

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer answers questions with Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, left, and daughters Sherry, rear, and Sydney, right, after casting her ballot, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Lansing. Al Goldis, AP

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette arrives at his polling station in Midland, Michigan Tuesday surrounded by reporters.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette arrives at his polling station in Midland, Michigan Tuesday surrounded by reporters. Twitter

Haley Stevens, Democratic candidate for Michigan's 11th Congressional District, gives a thumbs up as she exits her polling place Tuesday,  in Rochester Hills.

Haley Stevens, Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, gives a thumbs up as she exits her polling place Tuesday, in Rochester Hills. Carlos Osorio, AP

Elissa Slotkin, Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, talks to supporters Leigh Fullenkamp, left, 35, of Columbus, Ohio, and sister-in-law Amy Gottesman, 41, of St. Louis after casting her ballot at the Karl Richter Community Center in Holly on Nov., 6, 2018.

Elissa Slotkin, Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, talks to supporters Leigh Fullenkamp, left, 35, of Columbus, Ohio, and sister-in-law Amy Gottesman, 41, of St. Louis after casting her ballot at the Karl Richter Community Center in Holly on Nov., 6, 2018. Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News

Dean Thompson, 7, of Southfield waits for his mom Jessica Haynes, 32, foreground, to finish voting at Adler Elementary School this morning.

Dean Thompson, 7, of Southfield waits for his mom Jessica Haynes, 32, foreground, to finish voting at Adler Elementary School this morning. Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News

Voter lines serpentine at Precinct One inside the fire bay at the Armada Twp. Fire Department, Tuesday morning, Nov. 6, 2018. Armada Township voters are considering an increase to a Fire Protection Millage, which would provide additional funding for new fire trucks and firefighting equipment.

Voter lines serpentine at Precinct One inside the fire bay at the Armada Twp. Fire Department, Tuesday morning, Nov. 6, 2018. Armada Township voters are considering an increase to a Fire Protection Millage, which would provide additional funding for new fire trucks and firefighting equipment. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News

Voter lines serpentine at Precinct 1 inside the Armada Twp. Fire Station Tuesday morning. Among other ballot issues in Armada Twp. is a fire protection millage increase, which would provide additional funding for new fire trucks and fire fighting equipment replacement.

Voter lines serpentine at Precinct 1 inside the Armada Twp. Fire Station Tuesday morning. Among other ballot issues in Armada Twp. is a fire protection millage increase, which would provide additional funding for new fire trucks and fire fighting equipment replacement. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, center, walks from her campaign bus to the polling place with daughters Sherry, left, and Sydney, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Lansing.

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, center, walks from her campaign bus to the polling place with daughters Sherry, left, and Sydney, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Lansing. Al Goldis, AP

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, with daughters Sherry, left, and Sydney, right, turns in her privacy folder and receives a sticker after casting her ballot, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Lansing.

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, with daughters Sherry, left, and Sydney, right, turns in her privacy folder and receives a sticker after casting her ballot, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Lansing. Al Goldis, AP

Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James votes with his wife Elizabeth and two sons Tuesday morning in Farmington Hills.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James votes with his wife Elizabeth and two sons Tuesday morning in Farmington Hills. Leonard N. Fleming, The Detroit News

A line of voters wait in the hallway outside the gymnasium at Monteith Elementary School to cast their ballots in the midterm election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Grosse Pointe Woods.

A line of voters wait in the hallway outside the gymnasium at Monteith Elementary School to cast their ballots in the midterm election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Grosse Pointe Woods. John T. Greilick/The Detroit News

Kelly Small and husband Dwayne Small of Southfield fill out voting cards while waiting in line at Adler Elementary School in Southfield.

Kelly Small and husband Dwayne Small of Southfield fill out voting cards while waiting in line at Adler Elementary School in Southfield. Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News

Floyd Hill, 77, of Southfield looks for the scanner to insert his ballot after voting at Adler Elemetary School in Southfield.

Floyd Hill, 77, of Southfield looks for the scanner to insert his ballot after voting at Adler Elemetary School in Southfield. Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News

A long line of voters wait to vote Tuesday morning at Adler Elementary School in Southfield.

A long line of voters wait to vote Tuesday morning at Adler Elementary School in Southfield. Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News

Vivien Mckenzie, 54, center, of Southfield and Sharon Carr, 62, of Southfield fill out applications to vote.

Vivien Mckenzie, 54, center, of Southfield and Sharon Carr, 62, of Southfield fill out applications to vote. Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News

Voters cast their ballots at Macomb Township Precincts 12 and 30 in the cafeteria at Ojibwa Elementary School on Tuesday.

Voters cast their ballots at Macomb Township Precincts 12 and 30 in the cafeteria at Ojibwa Elementary School on Tuesday. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News

With blustery winds, rain and temperatures in the mid-50s, Linda Anderson of Macomb Township is bundled up to hand out campaign literature outside Ojibwa Elementary School. She is a volunteer for Julie Gatti, a candidate for Macomb County Circuit Court Judge.

With blustery winds, rain and temperatures in the mid-50s, Linda Anderson of Macomb Township is bundled up to hand out campaign literature outside Ojibwa Elementary School. She is a volunteer for Julie Gatti, a candidate for Macomb County Circuit Court Judge. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News

A precinct worker instructs Samara Brame, right, of Macomb Township where to get her ballot in the cafeteria at Ojibwa Elementary School. Brame is a UAW Local 140 member who builds Fiat Chrysler automobiles.

A precinct worker instructs Samara Brame, right, of Macomb Township where to get her ballot in the cafeteria at Ojibwa Elementary School. Brame is a UAW Local 140 member who builds Fiat Chrysler automobiles. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News

Voters cast their ballots in the gymnasium at Monteith Elementary School on midterm election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.

Voters cast their ballots in the gymnasium at Monteith Elementary School on midterm election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. John T. Greilick, The Detroit News

A long line of voters wait in the hallway outside the gymnasium at Monteith Elementary School to cast their ballots in the midterm election Tuesday morning in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.

A long line of voters wait in the hallway outside the gymnasium at Monteith Elementary School to cast their ballots in the midterm election Tuesday morning in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. John T. Greilick, The Detroit News

Charmiria Ashford of Detroit casts her ballot in the gym at Brewer Elementary School Tuesday afternoon in Detroit.

Charmiria Ashford of Detroit casts her ballot in the gym at Brewer Elementary School Tuesday afternoon in Detroit. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News

Barbara Easley and her daughter, Mamie Easley, right, both of Detroit, leave True Church Ministries in Detroit  after casting their ballots Tuesday afternoon at Precinct 74.

Barbara Easley and her daughter, Mamie Easley, right, both of Detroit, leave True Church Ministries in Detroit after casting their ballots Tuesday afternoon at Precinct 74. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News

Cora Maynard, 4, grows tired as her mother, Davison resident Rachel Maynard, takes her time voting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Davison, Michigan.

Cora Maynard, 4, grows tired as her mother, Davison resident Rachel Maynard, takes her time voting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Davison, Michigan. Jake May, AP

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