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US MI: Police Groups Oppose Passage Of Marijuana Bills
Lansing - Officials representing law enforcement and health workers urged Wednesday that lawmakers not pass bills that would permit medical marijuana dispensaries and "edible" forms of cannabis during the lame-duck session.
US MI: Face Time: Dimitri Mugianis on Speed-Balling, Ibogaine
In the underground world of heroin, there is a legend of an African root called iboga, or ibogaine, that can cure addiction. Those in the depths of heroin use, often as a last resort, seek out the root, which can be dangerous to use. Some go to Mexico or to Europe to take it, as it is illegal here in the United States. It can be an expensive trip for the user, and often one made in a moment of final desperation.
US MI: City Votes To Decriminalize Pot
Mt. Pleasant residents have overwhelmingly voted in favor of decriminalizing marijuana. With a vote of 62-percent to 38-percent, the mid-Michigan city residents voted Tuesday to amend the city ordinance so that nothing in the city's code would apply to the use, possession or transfer of "small amounts" of marijuana on private property by those 21 and over.
US MI: Voters In 3 Cities To Decide Pot Proposals
Marijuana decriminalization proposals are on the ballot in three south Oakland County communities on Nov. 4 and pro-pot organizers have yet to lose such an election.
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Letters

US MI: War On Drugs Based On Bad Premise
It's the 100th anniversary of Drug Prohibition and the drug black market courtesies of the Harrison Act of 1914. Bring those hard drugs back into a doctor's care and let's save around $75 billion to $95 billion for enforcement and incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders.
US MI: Do The Research On Marijuana
How long-term marijuana use effects the human brain is a pivotal question before any legalization can occur nationally. Although alcohol remains legal despite the massive evidence on the dangers associated with long-term use, the fight to make marijuana available, both for its medical properties (especially important in selectively killing cancer cells) and for non-medical/recreational use, is hinged on claims made about marijuana's effects on the individual user.
US MI: Capitol Behind States On Marijuana
Regarding your July 8 editorial, the people of Washington state are way ahead of the politicians in Washington, D.C.
US MI: Legalize Marijuana
Dear Editor, This is in response to Judge Mark McCabe's Feb. 19 column. Not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be regulated. Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of drug trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits. The drug war fuels crime. Taxing and regulating marijuana, the most popular illicit drug, is a cost-effective alternative to never-ending drug war failure. As long as marijuana distribution is controlled by organized crime, consumers will continue to come into contact with hard drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Marijuana prohibition is a gateway drug policy.
US MI: Doctor Got Marijuana Right
Regarding Dr. Robert Townsend's thoughtful Mar. 4 op-ed, the days when drug warriors can get away with confusing the drug war's tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant are coming to an end. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success.
US MI: Recreational Pot Should Be Legalized
Regarding the Feb. 18 Times Herald editorial, "Medical pot statute still needs work," not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be regulated.
US MI: Everybody Knows
Drug warriors who claim we don't know enough about the marijuana plant to legalize it are misinforming the American public. These taxpayer-funded liars deliberately confuse the drug war's tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant. The good news is the American public is no longer falling for their ruse. A growing majority of Americans recognize that the war on marijuana consumers is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign. This country can no longer afford to subsidize the prejudices of culture warriors. Not just in Colorado, but throughout the nation, it's time to stop the pointless arrests and instead tax legal marijuana.
US MI: Legalize It
Re: Larry Gabriel's Jan. 15 Higher Ground column about medical research showing marijuana's beneficial properties, Gabriel got an arrow-splitting bull's eye, exposing government's vile denial of the beneficial God-given plant cannabis (marijuana), which hasn't killed anyone in over 5,000 years of documented use. That's safety on a biblical scale. Cannabis is safer than our government.
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Opinions

US MI: Looking Back On Marijuana Gains In 2014
Looking back on 2014, it was a tremendous year for marijuana activists with two more states legalizing, California lowering penalties for low level crime, New York City decriminalizing possession of small amounts, eight cities in Michigan legalizing, Guam voting for medical use, and generally the public opinion numbers kept moving in the right direction. Washington, D.C., legalized, but since the city is a federal district Congress has to approve. However, hardline anti-marijuana Republicans are making that look iffy at the moment.
US MI: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Makes Less
Test the Legislature first Legislators sometimes make fun of a law by calling it "a solution in search of a problem." More often than not, these are proposals fueled by ideological bias rather than the facts, such as the "voter ID" bills intended to battle "voter fraud" - an almost nonexistent problem. (But if it should happen to stop even a small percentage7 of voters who support the Democratic Party, so much the better for the GOP.)
US MI: Might Marijuana Edibles Soon Be Legal in
Two bills to watch Big things are afoot for medical marijuana in Michigan right now. At least that's what most activists who have their eyes on Lansing believe.
US MI: A Family Affair
How Many of Our Brothers and Sisters Will Get Busted for Pot This Holiday Season? I remember a Thanksgiving, nearly 20 years ago. At the time I lived in a very low-income neighborhood. Most white people would call it a "bad" neighborhood. Back then, it was almost entirely black and Hispanic people living there. I loved that neighborhood. It was filled with families, good music, and delicious food. The neighbors were always friendly to me. Even the drug dealers were nice. They sold marijuana back then, nickel and dime bags ($5 or $10 sizes).
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Links

Macomb County, NORML
Education and Responsible Reform of Marijuana Laws
Michigan NORML
Our mission is to move public opinion sufficiently in order to achieve the repeal of cannabis prohibition in the state of Michigan so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty under law
Oakland County NORML
Rainbow Farm Campground
Rainbow Farm -- Supporting industrial hemp and cannabis legalization in Michigan. Campground, concerts, events, benefits.
Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access
Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access is committed to protecting the rights of veteran patients and healthcare professionals by advocating for safe and legal access to marijuana (cannabis) for all appropriate therapeutic uses and to encourage research on marijuana as a treatment alternative.
 

Papers

Allegan County News (MI)  (Info)
Alpena News, The (MI)  (Info)
Ann Arbor Business Review (MI)  (Info)
Ann Arbor Journal (MI)  (Info)
Ann Arbor News (MI)  (Info)
Arenac County Independent (Standish, MI)  (Info)
Argus-Press, The (Owosso, MI)  (Info)
Battle Creek Enquirer (MI)  (Info)
Bay City Times, The (MI)  (Info)
Belleville View (MI)  (Info)
Birmingham Eccentric (MI)  (Info)
Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle (MI)  (Info)
Burton View (MI)  (Info)
Cadillac News (MI)  (Info)
Cassopolis Vigilant (MI)  (Info)
Central Michigan Life (Central MI U, MI Edu)  (Info)
Charlevoix Courier (MI)  (Info)
Cheboygan Daily Tribune, The (MI)  (Info)
Chelsea Standard, The (MI)  (Info)
Chimes (MI Edu)  (Info)
Citizen, The (MI)  (Info)
City Pulse (Lansing, MI)  (Info)
Clare County Review (MI)  (Info)
Clio Messenger, The (MI)  (Info)
Collegian (Hillsdale College, MI, Edu)  (Info)

County Press, The (Lapeer, MI)  (Info)
Courier-Leader (Paw Paw, MI)  (Info)
Crain's Detroit Business (Detroit, MI)  (Info)
Crawford County Avalanche (MI)  (Info)
Daily Mining Gazette, The (Houghton, MI)  (Info)
Daily News, The (Greenville, MI)  (Info)
Daily Press, The (Escanaba, MI)  (Info)
Daily Reporter, The (MI)  (Info)
Daily Telegram, The (Adrain, MI)  (Info)
Daily Tribune, The (Royal Oak, MI)  (Info)
Davison Index, The (MI)  (Info)
Detroit Free Press (MI)  (Info)
Detroit News (MI)  (Info)
Dexter Leader (MI)  (Info)
Dowagiac Daily News (MI)  (Info)
Eastern Echo (Eastern Michigan U, MI Edu)  (Info)
Farmington Observer (MI)  (Info)
Ferndale/Berkley Mirror (MI)  (Info)
Flint Journal (MI)  (Info)
Garden City Observer (MI)  (Info)
Gaylord Herald Times (MI)  (Info)
Grand Haven Tribune (MI)  (Info)
Grand Ledge Independent (MI)  (Info)
Grand Rapids Press (MI)  (Info)
Grand Traverse Insider (Traverse City, MI)  (Info)



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Ann Arbor Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Status: 
passed
Location: 
Ann Arbor
Area: 
Michigan
Date: 
11/02/2004

Ann Arbor Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Ann Arbor's Proposal C, which was approved by 74% of voters on Nov. 2nd, 2004, amended section 16.2 of the city's municipal charter in support of medical cannabis users. Primarily, it amended section (b) to create an exception and an affirmative defense for medical cannabis. The passing of Prop. C also changed the wording of a portion of section (b) which pertains to cannabis offenses in general, substituting "not less than $100.00 for the third or subsequent offense" with simply "$100.00 for the third or subsequent offense."

Traverse City Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Status: 
passed
Location: 
Traverse
Area: 
Michigan
Date: 
11/08/2005

Traverse City Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Michigan's Coalition for Compassionate Care's Proposal 3, which makes physician-supported medical cannabis use the lowest possible priority for Traverse City police, was passed on Nov. 8thth, 2005. Voters approved the new city ordinance by a margin of 1,594 to 925, with 63% casting ballots in favor. The measure doesn't legalize marijuana possession but calls for the possession, delivery or use of marijuana by a medical patient to be the "lowest law enforcement priority of the city."

Ferndale Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Status: 
passed
Location: 
Ferndale
Area: 
Michigan
Date: 
11/08/2005

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2005, Ferndale voters came out strongly in support of Proposal D, which removed all criminal penalties under local law for marijuana used by patients with the recommendation of their physician.

The unofficial final results are 61%-39% in favor of Proposal D, with 1894 votes in favor and 1222 votes opposed.

Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Initiative - Niles, MI

Status: 
failed to make it on ballot
Location: 
Niles
Area: 
Michigan
Date: 
11/07/2006

August 2006: Unfortunately, this initiative did not make the November 7, 2006 ballot due to lack of signatures.

The Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Ballot Initiative is expected to appear on the Nov 7, 2006 ballot in the City of Niles. It will ask the voters of the City to stipulate that investigating, arresting and prosecuting adults who use or possess small quantities of marijuana in private should be considered the lowest priority of City Police and Attorney.

This initiative only affects adult (19 yrs and older) behavior in private that does not create a public nuisance. It would still be unlawful to sell marijuana, possess more than one and one tenth ounce (1.1) of marijuana (about the amount of tobacco found in a pack of cigarettes), use marijuana in public or drive under the influence of marijuana. It would also still be illegal for anyone less than 19 yrs old to use and possess marijuana anywhere, public or private, under any circumstances.

Flint Code Amendment-Medical Marihuana

Status: 
passed
Website: 
http://www.minorml.org/flint_compassionate_care_coaliti.htm
Location: 
Flint
Area: 
Michigan
Date: 
02/27/2007

Flint, MI Flint Code Amendment-Medical Marihuana

Supported by 62% of voters, the Flint Compassionate Care Medical Marijuana Initiative passed on Februray 27th, 2007 gives legal protection to patients with serious medical conditions who obtain relief from the symptoms of their illness through the use of cannabis under the supervision of a medical professional.

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