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***Update*** – Nov 5, 2008 – Michigan is now the 13th state to legalize Cannabis as medicine and Massachusetts is the 13th state to decriminalize Cannabis (marijuana)! Read more on a post from NORML.

Headline: Sept 28, 2008 – Michigan: Election 2008 – Medical Pot Issue Called “Ploy”, “Good Idea” – A lively controversy accomponies Michigan’s medical Cannabis (marijuana) ballot proposal, which if successful, will make Michigan the thirteenth state to allow citizens access to Cannabis for medicine. The measure directs the legislature to enact a state program to register patients; will allow patients and caregivers to grow their own Cannabis, with limits on possession amounts; and will establish a “medical necessity defence” for persons not registered in the state program, but seeking to defend their use of Cannabis as medicine in front of a jury. This last provision is causing some law enforcement to vehemently oppose the proposal.

Headline: Oct 3, 2008 – MI: Editorial: Vote Yes on Proposal 1 for Medical Marijuana – The Detroit Free Press has identified half a million potential patients who would qualify under the proposed medical marijuana measure on the ballot in Michigan and urges its’ readers to vote Yes.  The Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care, proponents of the new medical marijuana ballot measure, cite a September poll showing 67% support across the state.

Oakland County, Michigan’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has a You Tube Channel – OCNORML, which has just posted a video outlining the ballot proposal and media treatment of the issue:OCNORML on Proposal 1

Headline: Oct 3, 2008 – MI: Group Launches Campaign to Stop Proposal on Pot“Pot dream come true for drug dealers”, says a coalition fighting the Michigan medical Cannabis proposal. Law enforcement groups and anti-drug groups like “Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Kids” warn of dire consequences, but the Michigan State Medical Society is neutral on the bill, while the Michigan Nurses Association is in favor of the legislation.

Headline: Oct 14, 2008 – MI: U.S. Deputy Drug Czar Says Proposal 1 Is ‘About Dope, Not About Medicine’U.S.  Deputy Drug Czar Scott Burns, using taxpayer dollars, is fighting Michigan’s potential medical Cannabis proposal – with the usual warnings of crime, chaos and “pot shops in strip malls“, like in California. However, a spokesperson for Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care pointed out that Proposal 1 does not have a provision for dispensaries.

Headline: Oct 14, 2008 – Massachusetts: Column: Marijuana Skirmish in the War on Drugs – Meanwhile, on the east coast, “Question 2 “, a voter initiative that would decriminalize small amounts of Cannabis, has also generated controversy – despite it’s modest goal of including Massachusetts in the roster of “decrim” states (around a dozen), some of which decriminalized simple possession and eased other marijuana statutes way back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These states were responding to government studies suggesting that liberalizing Cannabis laws would be the smart way to go and few have reversed their stance.

The Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy says that 71% of MA’s voters already support “Question 2”. (See our previous post from this spring), claiming wide based, mainstream recognition of the need for change. Economist Jeffrey Miron of Harvard University (see previous post) estimates that decriminalizing marijuana would save the state’s police departments, courts, and jails nearly $30 million.

Headline: Oct 20, 2008 – MA: DAs Fight Bid To Ease Penalty For Marijuana – District Attorneys across the state of Massachusetts are using their public offices to influence a voter initiative – morally questionable policy at best. Question 2, which would decriminalize small amounts of Cannabis in a rather modest effort at easing the states harsh marijuana statutes, which unnecessarily saddle many otherwise law abiding citizens with criminal records and other punitive measures. 

Jack Cole of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is also a supporter of Question 2.  LEAP, consisting of retired police officers, judges and other law enforcement personnel, educates the public from a “law and order” point of view – showing how a prohibition always makes things worse, including crime and corruption.

Here is a radio ad (on video), featuring a long time Boston police officer who supports Question 2.  The You Tube Producer who posted this video has more on Massachusetts’ efforts for reform of Cannabis laws.Radio Ad: MA Marijuana Decrim Question 2, Retired Boston Police Officer Supports It

Keeping in mind that alcohol prohibition was “decrim” (targeting only sellers, not users) and still had to ended for the good of society, please vote in our poll on how best to reform Cannabis prohibition in 21st century America

If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being a gift from God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.
Samuel Adams, Father of the American Revolution.

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  1. Let us hope that the state of Michigan will now lean towards compassion, science and truth. Allowing the sick and suffering the return of their dignity so they can stop living in fear of arrest and prosecution will certainly lower the cost of medical care for these patients. Stress and anxiety are detrimental to the health and no other stress than living in fear of one’s own government can be so intimidating nor as detrimental.


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