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US MI: Make The Right Choice: Support MIlegalize
HIGHER GROUND We're heading into the final rounds of the petition drives to legalize recreational marijuana here in Michigan. The MILegalize petition drive is expected to round things up by the end of December. The competing petition circulated by the Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MCC) is expected to finish up in January.
US MI: Marijuana Legalization Effort Shifts On Strategy
Lansing - A group seeking to put recreational marijuana legalization on the November 2016 ballot abruptly stopped collecting signatures at the end of September, prompting a competing pro-pot group to speculate the other campaign is faltering.
US MI: Detroiters, Advocates Pack Medical Marijuana Hearing
Concerned Detroiters who cringe at the rapid spread of marijuana dispensaries and medical card-holders who rely on the product for treatment packed a public hearing today to debate proposed regulations of the city's medical marijuana industry.
US MI: Warren Sued Over Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana patients claim city officials have targeted them in violation of state law. Warren officials including police harassed medical marijuana patients - - some suffering from cancer -- with tickets and other methods in violation of state law, according to a lawsuit filed Monday against the city.
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Letters

US MI: Medical Marijuana Should Not Stop Pain
Local doctors are not writing any pain medicine prescriptions when they find the patient is using medical marijuana. This is why we have a local heroin epidemic. Medical marijuana serves as a pain medicine, but does not cover all pain. Why are these doctors/hospitals willing to write multiple scripts for powerful pain pills, but stop writing any scripts for pain pills when they learn of the patient's medical marijuana use? Doctors, please help patients: write one script for pain pills to cover the horrific pain (some of these people are dying), and let medical marijuana get them through the rest. Or this problem will get worse.
US MI: Time To Rethink Drug Enforcement
Re: The Detroit News' Dec 12 story, "FBI agent shot in Detroit drug raid": We seem to hear stories like this one about the enormous drug bust and injured FBI agent so often that it makes you wonder whether police officers really still believe we're making a dent in the drug market.
US MI: Campaigning For Cannabis
In a recent Higher Ground column, Larry Gabriel wrote about why people should sign MILegalize petition to end Michigan's cannabis prohibition ("Make the right choice: Support MILegalize,"Nov. 25). Reader Stan White wrote in to offer his endorsement:
US MI: Campaigning For Cannabis
I favor the MILegalize petition. Please visit its website and contribute to its campaign fund. Michigan is a right-to-farm state. If your land is suitable and you raise crops according to state standards, you may compete in the state's open market. I'd say legalize marijuana but don't corporatize it. Never interfere with patients' rights to grow their own. And tell the police to take a hike. They are addicted to profiting from Michigan's antiquated, unconstitutional forfeiture law. Their reps have repeatedly hijacked lawmakers' votes to fine tune the MMMA by showing up en masse and playing "tough cop" in legislators' offices just before a vote.
US MI: Medical Pot Will Help Autistic Children
In the United States, and in Michigan, autism is growing. In fact, it is growing at such an alarming rate that it has just recently been identified as a significant public health issue, due to statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, a nationwide federal program that tracks autism rates around the country.
US MI: Marijuana Dispensaries Save Lives
According to the Center For Disease Control, 44 people die from prescription opioid overdoses every day in the United States. In 2013, more than 16,000 people fatally overdosed on prescription painkillers.
US MI: It's Just A Plant
In our July 22 Higher Ground column ("Making an example") Larry Gabriel wrote about a police sweep on a Detroit Medz dispensary, a move which appeared to be defended by Detroit Councilman James Tate. Robert Sharpe, a policy analyst at Common Sense for Drug Policy, weighed in.
US MI: Regulations Can Make Medical Pot Safe in
I was saddened and disappointed to read The Detroit News report that Detroit police officers had raided a medical marijuana dispensary and arrested several apparent bad actors who were allegedly selling marijuana to eighth graders.
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Opinions

US MI: Drug Task Forces That Lose Money Will Lose Teeth
The administration has opined that our country incarcerates too many people for nonviolent drug offenses. It recently decided to address that problem. However, the only people who are going to be happy about the solution are drug dealers.
US MI: Out Of The Shadows In Windsor
I've sometimes wondered what the cannabis lounge of the future will be like when cannabis connoisseurs don't have to sneak around and keep their pleasure on the down low. Will it have the typical bar and lounge look? Will it look like a coffeehouse? Will it have a psychedelic feel? Will there be overstuffed chairs providing something soft and comfortable for customers to settle back into? Will there be ferns at the windows while patrons sip chai?
US MI: Guideless
Recently an old family friend got in contact with me because she has cancer and wanted to use cannabis to alleviate the side effects of her chemotherapy. She got her card from the state and had gone to provisioning center in Detroit to buy some items. She didn't want to smoke or get high so she bought edibles. She called me to figure out if she'd got the right stuff. Personally I thought that she had bought a little too much of the wrong stuff. She had bought a bunch of CBD-infused articles that she'd been told would bring her down from the THC oil that she'd purchased.
US MI: Down The Weed Rabbit Hole
Apparently there is a third marijuana legalization petition that has been given the thumbs up by Michigan election officials - and it's not the investor-backed plan from the Michigan Responsibility Council that made some waves last year. This new one comes from a group calling itself MichICan and its petition is called Abrogate Prohibition in Michigan 2016.
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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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