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US MI: Police Partner With DEA Task Force To Combat Heroin Use
Chief: Two Residents Have Died in Overdoses This Year To combat a growing trend of individuals selling, buying and using heroin in Shelby Township, Police Chief Robert Shelide plans to permanently assign a narcotics officer to serve on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's task force.
US MI: Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative Planned in
LANSING (AP) - A statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiative is planned for 2016 that aims to allow residents to cultivate their own plants and allow other uses of the drug.
US MI: Statewide Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative
A statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiative is planned for 2016 that aims to allow residents to cultivate their own plants and allow other uses of the drug.
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.
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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: Drug-Free Living
A year ago, Kimberly Cole was taking 11 different prescription drugs to try to control her epileptic seizures, neuropathic pain, and other health issues. Then, on her doctor's advice, she tried marijuana.
US MI: Why African-Americans Are Largely Absent From
When I was at the breakfast for Tommy Chong a couple of weeks ago, I talked with another African- American at the event. Actually, he was the only brother at this gathering of activists and dispensary owners aside from me.
US MI: Clarify Medical Marijuana
Legal Patients Deserve Clear, Fair Interpretation of Rules to Avoid Unintentionally Running Afoul of the Law
US MI: Notes From The Hash Bash
Tommy Chong, half of the vintage comedy duo Cheech and Chong, made a series of appearances over the weekend for a big weekend anchored by the 44th Ann Arbor Hash Bash.
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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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