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Big Week For Marijuana Legalization in Michigan

Citizen petition drive to get legalization on November ballot expected to start while Michigan Supreme Court hears medicinal cases. What do you think about legalization of marijuana?

 

The push to make Michigan one of the first states in the nation to decriminalize use, possession, and delivery of marijuana could begin in earnest this week with a petition drive to amend the state constitution.

The drive by the Committee for Safer Michigan will need to collect 322,609 signatures by July 9 to put the question of whether Michigan residents 21 and older can legally smoke marijuana on the November ballot, the Detroit News reported. The petition kickoff coincides with a question before the Michigan Supreme Court, which is scheduled this week to consider two cases with local ties related to the state's medical marijuana law.

On Dec. 1, 2010, the ACLU — on behalf of Birmingham residents Robert and Linda Lott — saying both cities were in direct violation of the 2008 Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), which allows and provides protection for the medical use of marijuana for patients and their caregivers when used to treat debilitating medical conditions.

because neither of the plaintiffs were arrested for any alleged violations.

In July, a Wayne County judge dismissed another lawsuit filed by the Lotts and the ACLU, this time against the city of Livonia, for not allowing them to grow marijuana in a warehouse they own there. The ACLU appealed the ruling in August.

Petition proponents told the News legalizing marijuana is Michigan's next frontier, since the state's 2008 medical marijuana law is vague and has led to chaos among patients, medical authorities, and law enforcement. Opponents, however, argue decriminalizing marijuana is a mistake and won't help Michigan's most pressing problem – the economy.

Herb Kaiser July 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Paul you have no clue, I'm not wasting my time anymore on this subject.
Paul July 17, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I have witnessed patients speak before the State House of Representative in tears because they are so thankful for this medicine! I have spoken to veterans with PTSD that find benefits from marijuana after serving our country in war. I have met people with Fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, degenerative spine diseases, cancers, surgeries, and on and on, that have benefitted from marijuana. These people were on morphine, vicodin, etc etc. Those pills and their side-effects are so much more harmful than marijuana. I don't expect you to change your mind, Herb; you had not responded to this post since January, obviously you have done nothing to educate yourself since. Thank you for serving our country and for helping maintain my freedoms, like my right to choose.
Herb Kaiser July 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Paul, I have a friend dying from lung cancer now because he smoked pot. I have a friend who cured herself of fibromyalgia with yoga. There are better choices than pot. This whole article is about legalization not about medical marijuana. I do not want people on the streets that have just smoked a joint. Like I stated before, there are enough brain dead people out there.
Paul July 17, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Agreed, it is about legalization. I am not sure it should be legal for all. Medically, people should have access if they wish. We agree on that I hope. It is less harmful than alcohol, opiates, and other drugs: TRUE. You don't have to smoke it. In fact, most people trying to cure their problems ingest Simpson Oil it by pill. Look up Simpson Oil for anyone interest in learning about a cure all. Thanks again, Herb!
James Ver Wys February 26, 2013 at 09:59 PM
"Opponents, however, argue decriminalizing marijuana is a mistake and won't help Michigan's most pressing problem – the economy." So the opposing side chooses money over what is right or wrong?! That's crazy!

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