Isn’t It Time To Legalize Marijuana ?

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Michigan’s prospects for adopting a marijuana legalization program in 2016 are brighter as the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee (MCCLRIC) announces their intention to launch a petition drive and collect signatures in 2015.

 

“The time is right and people are demanding a comprehensive petition that protects medical marijuana, creates a responsible tax and regulation system for adult use age 21 and over, and permits the farming of hemp for Michigan agriculture, food and industry,” said MCCLRIC chairman Jeffrey Hank, an attorney from Lansing.

 

“The proposal could bring 25,000 jobs and net $200 million in revenue, while slashing $300 million from expenses,” explained Detroit attorney Matthew Abel, a MCCLRIC Board member.

 

Proposed language for the petition would include a strengthening of protections for registered medical marijuana patients, a legalized marijuana program and an advancement of the industrial hemp initiative established under legislation signed into law by Gov. Snyder earlier this year.

 

Some of the highlights of the proposal include: allowing citizens to cultivate 12 plants each, which mimics the medical marijuana possession limit; adding protections for medicinal marijuana patients and ensuring access for pediatric and elderly patients; and dedicating tax revenues toward public interest projects such as road repair and school funding.

 

“The organization’s Board of Directors is a stellar list of accomplished activists from Michigan,” said Rick Thompson, journalist and Board member of several other statewide patient advocacy organizations.

 

“We are open, transparent, democratic, indigenous Michigan activists, not shadowy outsiders,” Hank said. “This is a unique opportunity for Michigan to create the gold standard for cannabis law reform.”

 

Leadership for the MCCLRIC consists of eleven Board members, including several attorneys and noted media personalities. (See attached Board Membership Directory) All were elected at a gathering of statewide marijuana law reform advocates. The final language of the petition is being drafted.

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Marijuana Legal In Washington D.C. – & The White House Is Hopping Mad !

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Big Victory In Washington

As of 12:01am a New Law goes into effect and it has the Hill Hopping Mad.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, told Bowser that if she continued with her plan to implement marijuana legalization she would face “very serious consequences,” The Washington Post reported.

“You can go to prison for this,” The Post quoted Chaffetz as saying. “We’re not playing a little game here.”

Bowser was undeterred by the threat of prison time. “We are acting lawfully,” she told reporters. “I have a lot of things to do, being in jail wouldn’t be a good thing.”

Rep. Andy Harris, D-Md., who has been one of the most vocal opponents of marijuana legalization in D.C., says implementation of the law would be a violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, which prohibits the spending of federal funds that have not been appropriated.

“The Anti-Deficiency Act doesn’t say everybody except the mayor,” Harris said, according to The Hill. “The Anti-Deficiency Act is clear. It has two years’ jail time and loss of a job, as well as penalties.”

Nearly two thirds of D.C. voters approved Initiative 71 in November. Under Initiative 71, people ages 21 or older will be allowed to possess two ounces or less of marijuana, use marijuana on private property and give one ounce or less to another person as long as no money, goods or services are exchanged.

Residents will also be permitted to cultivate up to six marijuana plants — although no more than three mature plants— in their primary home.

Congress has final say over the laws in the District of Columbia, and the two sides disagree about whether Congress acted quickly enough to block an initiative legalizing pot.

Congress passed legislation in December that aimed to block Initiative 71 by banning the use of appropriated funds to “enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize” marijuana.

District officials argue that the law was enacted when voters approved the initiative in November and that it merely takes effect Thursday. Chaffetz disagrees with that interpretation and says the mayor and other District employees who move forward with legalization could face criminal penalties.

Chaffetz and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., sent Bowser a letter Tuesday “strongly urging” her to reconsider implementing marijuana legalization. They argue D.C. bills do not become law and are not enacted until the 30-day review period called for in the Home Rule Act has expired.

According to City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, “The initiative was enacted at the point that the voters voted and the board certified the results,” The Post reported. “I sent the initiative to Congress for the required congressional review as required by law. This is not a matter that I had a choice about. The legal opinions are consistent.”

The letter from Chaffetz and Meadows says if money is spent to change the D.C. law it would violate the Anti-Deficiency Act. To that end, the Oversight Committee has begun an investigation and demanded the District turn over all documents that would reveal how much time and money city employees have spent on the marijuana legalization law.

No one has ever been convicted of violating the Anti-Deficiency Act, although government employees have been punished administratively for violations.

Jamie Raskin, a constitutional law professor at American University, characterized the threat of criminal prosecution as “a lot of huffing and puffing on Capitol Hill.”

Read The Letter Here – – – – – -:>>>>       

Contributing: WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.; The Associated Press
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New Medical Marijuana Rules Effective January 1, 2015

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New Medical Marijuana Rules – In Effect Now

On January 15, 2015, new medical marijuana rules will take effect and be implemented. The new rules
do all of the following:

Establish a $60 application fee for all qualifying patients (reduced from $100).
Eliminate the reduced $25 application fee.
Require that caregivers pay a $25 processing fee for each required criminal background check.
Due to the rule changes, applicants who apply for registry cards on or after January 15, 2015 must use
the new forms that will be available below.

Please use the applications below if you are applying for or renewing your registration: (PLEASE NOTE THE ORIGINAL AND RENEWAL APPLICATIONS ARE NOW COMBINED.)

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Lame Duck Shuffle….Medical Marijuana Law Enhancements Can’t Make The Senate

 

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Michigan Marijuana Vote 2014*Marijuana Wins Big in Michigan*Decriminalizing Marijuana in Michigan

Lapeer failed by 6 votes so the recount is on

Lapeer failed by 6 votes so the recount is on

Anyone 21 years and older now can use,posses or transfer up to one ounce of marijuana on private property !

where the laws passed

a victory for sure but let us not be complacent…………

Huntington Woods,Pleasant Ridge,Berkley,Port Huron & Lapeer all had decriminalization on the ballot,..

Lapeer was our only loss by 6 votes which should prompt a recount.

Unfortunately …We still have Bill Schutte in power dispite all of our efforts he is a crafty force of evil,in the end,his ads worked for -:> him.

get real

We still have to change our government before marijuana users can come out of the shadows.Marijuana is s schedule 1 narcotic which means it has ” NO MEDICAL USE & IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE” -:> Yet the “REAL KILLER” drugs have made it to sch 2 & schedule 3 respectively.

On the one hand, United States federal government officials have consistently denied that marijuana has any medical benefits. On the other, the government actually holds patents for the medical use of the plant( U.S.patent was obtained in October of 2003).

Just check out US Patent 6630507 titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism.

This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmunediseases.

The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”

The US government may hold this patent, but that will not stop their officials from consistently denying the benefits of medical marijuana. An FDA spokesperson, for instance, has claimed that “smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States and is not an approved medical treatment.”I guess she didn’t get the memo.

Since one part of the government applied for the patent of medical marijuana, and another part of the government approved that patent, it seems logical to conclude that the federal government knows that marijuana has some valid medical properties.

Now the hard part. How do we get them to admit it? Together we will see change.Keep the faith

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Halloween 2014

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Together,We Can Save Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Law

Stop Schuette Before it’s Too Late

The video highlights several groups impacted by Bill Schuette’s radical agenda:

WOMEN – By denying women coverage for contraceptives.

VICTIMS –  By passing Michigan’s outrageous drug immunity law and losing millions as Attorney General.

KIDS – By denying some of Michigan’s most vulnerable children loving homes.

FAMILIES – By raising taxes on families with health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Along with the video, Totten released this statement:

This race is about giving Michigan families an advocate who keeps them safe and never lets politics get in the way.

But it’s also about stopping a politician who is the most extreme, far-right Attorney General in the nation – a crusader who needs to be stopped now, before he does even more harm later.

In conjunction with the video,Totten also unveiled a new website, StopSchuette.com, where he details some of Schuette’s more egregious actions, all funded by Michigantaxpayers.

Schuette is Michigan’s version of former Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli, an outrageous conservative ideologue who was sent packing by Virginia voters during the last election:

Cuccinelli fought to overturn Obamacare in the courts and lost – So did Bill Schuette.

Cuccinelli signed on to an amicus brief opposing the federal government’s lawsuit challenging Arizona’s racist immigration law – So did Bill Schuette.

Cuccinelli is a raging homophobe who used his office to fight marriage equality and adoption rights for LGBT couples every step of the way – So did Bill Schuette.

Cuccinelli sided with Big Business to fight regulations to protect our environment – So did Bill Schuette.

The similarities are actually a bit creepy. Schuette is so extreme that he even thinks marriage has one purpose: to “regulate sexual relationships” so that people make babies.

Medical Marijuana Patients legal woes

He also decided to throw Medical Marijuana patients under the bus,every chance her could !

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Hazel Park,Oak Park Voters Approve Marijuana Proposals

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Hazel Park Marijuana Ordinance  

YES   763 (62%)

NO   469 (38%)

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Oak Park Marijuana Ordinance
 
YES    2,161 (53%)
 
NO    1,913 (47%)

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Hazel Park,Oak Park  voters approve pot proposals

 HAZEL PARK, Mich. (AP) — Voters in two Detroit-area communities have approved ballot proposals legalizing marijuana for personal use.
 
 Unofficial results posted by the Oakland County Elections Division show the measures passing Tuesday in Hazel Park and Oak Park.
 
The two were among at least 11 cities across Michigan and one county targeted by pro-marijuana activists seeking ballot initiatives to legalize or decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use. 
 
Last year, voters in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing approved proposals that call on local police not to arrest people for marijuana possession if they are found with an ounce or less of the drug, are at least 21 years old and are on private property. 
 
Marijuana users in those communities still face risks because state law bars marijuana use and possession unless it’s medical marijuana.

UPDATE

Voters said yes to decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in Hazel Park and Oak Park, according to unofficial election results.

The measure would allow the use, possession or transfer of less than 1 ounce of marijuana on private property not used by the public by a person who is at least 21 years old.

It passed 62% to 38% with all precincts reporting in Hazel Park. The unofficial win was more narrow in Oak Park with 53% to 47% passage with all precincts reporting.

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Pot at The Polls

June 2014

June 2014

Pot at the Polls. Michiganders are gearing up for a lot of voting about marijuana over the next several months. In August, folks in Hazel Park and Oak Park will be voting on decriminalization of possession and transfer on private property of up to an ounce of the substance for those 21 and older.

Birmingham Eccentric,Frank Carnovale describes himself as a “fearless father” and a “proud veteran.” He’s certainly no fan of medical marijuana. In a stinging letter to the Birmingham City Commission, Carnovale said allowing medical marijuana grow facilities to operate in the city’s Rail District will turn the east side of Birmingham into a “ghetto.”

After more than two hours of closed-door deliberations in the chamber of Judge Rae Lee Chabot at the Oakland County Circuit Court, the parties to the Oak Park marijuana ballot proposal case said the city officials will deliberate on the legal matter and decide the future of the ballot proposal on Monday.

The Safer Oak Park Coalition filed a lawsuit last week demanding the city put their marijuana legalization proposal on the August ballot. Attorneys for Oak Park argued the city needs to get the ballot language approved by the state’s Attorney General’s office before putting it on the August ballot.

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Petition Drives Underway to Change Local Laws ,Cities Across Michigan

Petition drives are currently underway to change the local laws of cities across the State of Michigan.

Petition drives are currently underway to change the local laws of cities across the State of Michigan.

 

Tim Beck, Chuck Ream and Justin Soffa from a Coalition for a Safer Michigan have lined up well over a dozen cities and there is a final deadline of May 10th to make a final commitment to completing the petition drive.

Oak Park and Hazel Park petition drives have been completed already, under the direction of Michigan House of Representative candidate, Andrew Cissel.

Andrew Cissell is lifetime resident of Oakland County, and he is a medical marijuana patient and caregiver.

Last year Andrew Cissell, with the help of the VGIP, Coalition for a Safer Michigan and local political guru Debra Young, successfully completed the Ferndale petition to legalize basic possession of marijuana under the Ferndale city code, which passed with 69.25% of the vote, despite the Oakland County’s investigation a subsequent charges against Mr. Cissell for being a Caregiver in Oakland County and voter fraud.

The Oakland County Sheriff and County Prosecutor have consistently fought against Michigan medical patients and caregivers, denying them the opportunity to inform the jury of their licensing under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program and other legal tricks to undo the protection under the MMMA of 2008.

Andrew Cissell believes he was targeted because of his leadership in cannabis law reform, and his strong contention for the 27th district house seat. Andrew is also working on several other cities in Oakland County that will run in the November election.

Andrew is on the ballot of the August primary, and he will be contending against four others in the democratic primary.

A democrat traditionally holds the seat, so if Andrew wins the democratic primary he will have a serious advantage in the general election.

When asked why he thinks he will win, Cissell stated,”I’m as real as it gets.  

I represent the people. I have a finance degree, and a proven track record of passing laws.” We are very proud of Andrew Cissell and his work with the Vote Green Initiative Project.

There are many great things that have come from this project that was started almost three years ago.   Many folks have been inspired to join the movement and, more importantly, learned how to win.

We will be working hard to complete the rest of the petition drives that have been organized by the Coalition for a Safer Michigan.

We are also working hard with the Cannabis Stakeholders Group (CSG) to pass HB 4271 and HB 5104.

Recently Nick Pannesidi, Chelsea Shaker and many others for the Cannabis Stakeholders Group have participated in dozens of meetings in Lansing to foster support and lobby for our rights, working with many others group like MI NORML, Americans for Safe Access, National Patients’ Rights Association and CPU.

Debra Young is the campaign manager and has been instrumental in the success of Andrew. She can be reached at (734)604-2676.

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