LANSING -- Supporters of medical marijuana were thrilled last year when two bills making it easier for people to buy a variety of medicinal cannabis -- including edibles -- passed the House of Representative with large bipartisan majorities.US MI: Duluth Mayor Tweets Support Of Medical Marijuana
Duluth Mayor Don Ness today expressed support for allowing Minnesotans to use marijuana to help treat painful illnesses, but stopped short of endorsing a bill making its way through the state Legislature.US MI: Madison Heights Businessman Sees Billions In Medical Pot
A Madison Heights businessman is building a facility in Canada to grow government-controlled medical marijuana that he hopes to turn into a $5 billion a year business that could spread to the U.S.US MI: Pot 'Pioneers' Find Room For Growth In Ontario
Area Entrepreneurs Plan Farm As Canada Tweaks Medical Marijuana Rules Starting April 1, Canadian law will allow the commercial production and sale of medical marijuana, and one Metro Detroit company hopes to cash in on the new market.More news from Michigan
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.US MI: The Drug War Succeeds
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.More letters from Michigan
I read with interest the 'Guest Voice' Article on the 'Dangers of decriminalizing marijuana' by Michael Covarrubias. Despite my concern about retribution I felt the need to respond to the outrageous claims made in the article.US MI: Edu: Opportunity Cost Opportunity Lost
"Colorado Expects to Reap Tax Bonanza From Legal Marijuana Sales" was a headline which appeared in the New York Times over Winter break.US MI: Parents, Children at Forefront of Medical
Parents and their children seem to be at the forefront of medical marijuana contention in Michigan and across the nation these days. One of the hottest points is Michigan's proposed SB 736, which was introduced by state Sen. Rick Jones on Jan. 15. The Senate bill addresses issues around the children of medical marijuana patients and seems to be an outgrowth of the Bree Green debacle last year.US MI: The Latest Word On The Michigan Medical
In the Ter Beek case, the Circuit Court held that the MMMA was preempted by the CSA and accordingly the ordinance, which prohibited any uses in a zoning district contrary to federal, state or local law was valid.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.