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Michigan: High Times Midwest Medical Cannabis Cup This Weekend In Clio

High Times Cannabis Cup 2017

Cannabis activists will be at the event gathering signatures for a recreational cannabis initiative for 2018

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

This weekend, on June 24-25, the Michigan cannabis community is coming together in Clio for the 4th Annual High Times Midwest Cannabis Cup. High Times, the organization sponsoring Cannabis Cups since 1988, has been working to unite cannabis freedom fighters since 1974.

Michigan: Cannabis Legalization Campaign Seeks To Gather 252,523 Valid Signatures To Qualify For November 2018 Ballot


Personal grow limits and cultivation of hemp are included in the bill

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

On May 18, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers approved the language of a cannabis legalization initiative for the November of 2018 ballot. If passed, the progressive initiative would legalize personal possession, cultivation and use of limited amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and older. It would also tax cannabis with a 10 percent excise tax and 6 percent sales tax.

The proposal sets up three classes of cannabis growers: those who can grow up to 100 plants, 500 plants and 2,000 plants.

Michigan: Cannabis Legalization Petition For 2018 Approved For Circulation


The initiative seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan approved to circulate petition for 2018, Revenue would go to K-12 schools, road repairs and participating cities and counties

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

On Thursday, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers approved the language of a cannabis legalization initiative for the November of 2018 ballot. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (RMLA), the group behind the initiative, has 180 days to collect 252,523 valid signatures from registered Michigan voters.

Michigan: Majority of Voters Support Legalizing or Decriminalizing Marijuana


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A majority of voters in Michigan support legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana, according to the results of a new statewide poll.

Nearly half of those responding -- 46 percent -- favored outright legalization of marijuana by taxing and regulating it like alcohol, reports Jonathan Oosting at Another 16 percent said they support fines instead of criminal penalties, and four percent said they favor repealing all state laws against cannabis.

Only about one in four residents -- 26 percent -- support Michigan's present system of criminal penalties for marijuana, according to the poll.

The survey, conducted from September 7 to 10 by EPIC-MRA of Lansing, asked 600 likely voters what they thought about Michigan's marijuana laws. It has a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.

The question, part of a larger poll about Michigan politics, was commissioned by Michigan NORML, the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

"There's been kind of a sea change in opinion over the last two years," said EPIC-MRA pollster Bernie Porn. "In 2010, when there were petitions circulated to legalize marijuana, we find 45 percent who said they would say no. That's a significant change."

Michigan: Legalize it, don't criticize it, marijuana proponents say

By Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

There is a truth that must be heard! They wore suits and ties and said they hope to raise $1,000 apiece from 1,000 people -- $1 million dollars -- while gathering 322,609 signatures by July 9 as the first step toward legalizing marijuana in Michigan.

At a news conference Friday at Roberts Riverwalk Hotel & Residence in Detroit, a dozen members of the Committee for a Safer Michigan announced the kickoff of their effort to put their legalization question on Michigan's November ballot.

"The time has come to end prohibition of cannabis in Michigan," said lawyer Tom Lavigne of Grosse Pointe Park, coauthor of the ballot language.

The group said it expects legalization to create jobs in a new industry, allow law enforcement to focus on violent crimes, develop a new source of tax revenue for the state and take the business aspects of marijuana away from organized crime. Committee members said polls show Americans increasingly favor easing laws against marijuana, although drug-abuse prevention groups steadfastly oppose it.

"We say no to legalizing marijuana," said Judy Rubin, executive director of the Tri-Community Coalition, a group that works to end youth substance abuse in Berkley, Huntington Woods and Oak Park.

"Do we really want more harmful substances for our youth? We're already doing a pretty poor job with alcohol," she said.

Michigan: Petition drive seeks to legalize pot

By Kim Kozlowski, The Detroit News

There is a truth that must be heard! It may be a lot of smoke in the air, but an effort is in the works to try to make it legal for Michigan residents over age 21 to smoke marijuana.

A petition drive is expected to launch this week aimed at asking voters in November amend the state constitution and legalize marijuana.

If enough signatures are collected and the measure were to pass, Michigan would become one of the first states in the nation to abolish criminal penalties for anyone using, growing, selling and delivering what has been a federally controlled substance for decades.

The move also would put Michigan in the forefront of a national movement to end the prohibition on marijuana.

Legalizing marijuana is Michigan's next frontier, activists say, since the state's 2008 medical marijuana law is vague and has lead to chaos among patients and medical authorities and police and court officials in the implementation and enforcement of the law.

Proponents for a change contend that many judicial officials have used their authority to limit the law for those who need it. Meanwhile, they add, the state Legislature has not responded to the confusion.

"The medical law is not working," said Matthew Abel, an attorney who is coordinating the petition campaign. "Rather than try to rebuild that and have more of the same type of problems, we needed to go something broader than that.

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