LANSING -- The state Legislature has plenty of thorny issues -- including a ban on traditional abortion insurance coverage -- to sort out before the end of the year.US MI: Michigan Court To Take Look At Jobless Pay For Pot Users
The Michigan appeals court has agreed to hear two cases to determine whether someone fired for using medical marijuana still can collect unemployment benefits from the state.US MI: City Won't Appeal Judge's Disqualification In Marijuana Case
DEARBORN -- The city won't appeal a Nov. 14 state Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the disqualification of 19th District Judge Mark Somers in a case involving the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.US MI: State Court of Appeals Upholds Judge's Disqualification
DETROIT -- The state Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 14 that 19th District Judge Mark Somers was properly disqualified from hearing a case involving the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act because of comments he made in a different case regarding the drug.More news from Michigan
The drug war is largely a war on marijuana, by far the most popular illicit drug. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success.US MI: Legalize It
Wouldn't legalizing and taxing marijuana succeed in Mr. Osler's primary goal (diverting the cash flow of the drug black market away from those who currently profit) far more effectively than any plan that maintains its prohibition?US MI: Let There Be Plant
Re: Mark Osler's Nov. 8 column, "Drug policy: Moral crusade or business problem?": Mr.. Osler does not understand that molecules are not the cause of the problem, prohibition is the cause of the problem. The solution is not to try to get rid of the molecules, the solution is to get rid of prohibition and restore liberty to grow God-given plants in one's own home and yard.US MI: Outlaw Everest?
Smoking tobacco should not be encouraged, yet we do not threaten tobacco growers, vendors and users with arrest and imprisonment. Now consider dangerous sports, such as mountain climbing. The death rate on Mount Everest is about one in ten of those who make it successfully, which is a vastly higher mortality rate than just about any drug used at present in a recreational manner.US MI: Marijuana Rights Now
Dear Editor, re: "Provisioning Centers Bill Lingers in Committee"; [Higher Ground, Oct. 23-29, 2013]US MI: Marijuana Decriminalization Could Curb Teenage
As voters debate the merits of decriminalizing marijuana for adult private use in three Michigan cities this fall, there is one thing that we can all agree on, and that is the need to prevent its use by teens. No one working to pass these ballot initiatives in Ferndale, Lansing, or Jackson wants this issue to allow more use by youth.US MI: The War On Drugs
Dear Editor: RE: "Double Standards, Singular Repercussions"; [Higher Ground, July 31-Aug. 6, 2013]US MI: Marijuana Should Be Taxed, Regulated Like
Marijuana in our country has long been an issue. We should be able to make our own decision to use or not, it should be regulated like alcohol, and it should be taxed and sold legally. In changing times with public approval being at 56 percent we should not be denied.More letters from Michigan
The very first time I started reporting for the Higher Ground column in 2009, marijuana activists were outspoken about their opposition to Bill Schuette, then a candidate for state attorney general. Schuette won -- and has carried on a vendetta against patients, caregivers and dispensaries operating under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.US MI: Ferndale Pot Law Breeds Confusion, Anger -
So Ferndale police will continue to enforce Michigan laws prohibiting possession of small amounts of marijuana even though the city's voters agreed to legalize it. Confusing? Apparently it's meant to be. Residents this month voted by better than 2-1 to decriminalize possession of an ounce or less by persons age 21 or older on private property.US MI: World Watches As Washington And Colorado
Michigan Fiddles While the West Burns One. What a waste of the state Legislature's time. SB660 was passed by the Michigan Senate last week to much posturing and politicking by our lawmakers, and a fair amount of grousing by marijuana legalization activists. I'm not sure why any of them bothered.US MI: Drug Policy: Moral Crusade Or Business Problem?
Slowly, Americans are beginning to realize what a mess our "War on Drugs" has been. We have spent billions of dollars and prosecuted millions of people, all to little real effect.More opinions from Michigan
Education and Responsible Reform of Marijuana LawsMichigan 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 lawOakland 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.
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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
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."
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.
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, 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.