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US MI: GOP Operatives To Push Legalizing Pot
Lansing - Two prominent Oakland County Republican political operatives are behind a new advocacy group that is exploring a 2016 ballot initiative legalizing marijuana use if the Legislature won't reform the existing medicinal cannabis law.
US MI: Plan Seeks Clarity In Medical Pot Laws
Lansing - Four state lawmakers are reviving bills to legalize an array of medical marijuana products and dispensaries where they'd be sold after last year's effort was shot down by last-minute criticism from law enforcement and health groups.
US MI: Bills Would Legalize Medical Pot Centers, Drug
Lansing (AP) - Confusion surrounding the legality of marijuana dispensaries and non-smokable forms of the drug are prompting lawmakers to propose changes related to Michigan's voter-approved law that legalized marijuana for medical use.
US MI: Marijuana Growers Sue Over Raid
Couple, Who Were Not Charged, Say Detroit Police Lacked Warrant A Warren couple whose medical marijuana operation was raided by the Detroit Police Department's narcotics unit have filed a civil lawsuit against the officers, including one who killed himself after being investigated for corruption by the FBI and Internal Affairs.
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Letters

US MI: Pot No 'Gateway'
If marijuana is a gateway drug what is baby aspirin? If marijuana was truly being treated like a medicine, where are the privacy protections that come with all drugs? Do you need a state sponsored card to eat your anti depressants? Your sleeping pills?
US MI: War on 'Spirit of Truth'
Steve Siebold's point is well taken ("Time To Legalize Marijuana," Feb. 28), however, the problem isn't the war on drugs but rather the war on a relatively safe God-given plant... More specifically a war against the "spirit of truth."
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.
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Opinions

US MI: Time To Legalize Marijuana
The debate over the side effects of marijuana vs. alcohol, along with the lingering question of whether or not marijuana should be legal, has been long running and probably won't end anytime soon. But according to new research published in the journal Scientific Reports, that looked at things people take to get high or drunk, weed is the least fatal. And guess what the deadliest was? Alcohol.
US MI: The Road To Legality
It looks like longtime state activists will mount an effort to put the question of legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults on the 2016 ballot. They're being pushed by the appearance of a new organization, the Michigan Responsibility Council (MRC), with ties to the state Republican Party, that has its own plans to tax and regulate the plant.
US MI: This Detroit High School Senior Wants to Open a
DeMarius "DJ" Tidwells is a not unusual 18-year-old Detroiter. He is a senior at Covenant House Academy on the west side and expects to graduate this June. He's wondering about his future - thinking about college or possibly starting his own business. His interests haven't settled on any one thing, but he talks about possibly starting a transportation company, or a landscaping company, or getting into law enforcement, or opening a marijuana dispensary.
US MI: Detroit Dispensary Debate
"This is not going away, every community organization that I'm aware of in this city is looking for the same thing, and it's to not have Detroit become the Wild West city in the state of Michigan for medical marijuana," says Jim Ward, president of the Green Acres radio patrol (GWCRP), a community watch group.
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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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