Pot Proposal Passes; Alcohol Plan Doesn't 

Pot Proposal Passes; Alcohol Plan Doesn't 
Posted by CN Staff on November 09, 2005 at 07:01:54 PT
By Gina Damron & Bill Laitner, Staff Writers
Source: Detroit Free Press
Ferndale, Michigan -- Light up, but don't drink up. Those were voters' verdicts in neighboring Ferndale and Oak Park.A Ferndale proposal to allow the medical use of marijuana passed, 1,894-1,222. And a proposal in Oak Park to allow sales of alcohol by the glass, according to unofficial results, failed 3,184-1,869 with all but some of the absentee ballots counted.
With the passing of its proposal, Ferndale joins Detroit and Ann Arbor, which in 2004 approved allowing marijuana for medical use.Such initiatives have been approved in 10 states, but not in Michigan, so the new measure flies in the face of state laws banning marijuana possession. Police, including Ferndale Chief Michael Kitchen, pledged to ignore such an ordinance and arrest anyone found with the drug."It basically just seems like a big waste of time to me," said Ferndale resident Michele Sibula, 44. "Does approving that mean that we're cool? I think that's the implication."Proponents include a group called the Ferndale Coalition for Compassionate Care, led by University of Michigan sophomore Donal O'Leary III."I think people realize that this is a legitimate medical question," O'Leary said.In Oak Park, voters shot down the proposal, which would have allowed businesses that made 50% of their profits from food sales to sell alcohol. The issue came up last year after the city acquired a portion of Royal Oak Township through a land- and tax-sharing agreement that had businesses with liquor licenses, including a karaoke bar, Royal Kubo, on Greenfield south of I-696. This vote means that Royal Kubo, the only business that still had a license before the election, will lose its liquor license.Owner Armand Santos said he was surprised by the vote and now plans to move his business to another city."Karaoke without alcohol -- it doesn't go hand-in-hand," he said."We lost everything. We lost our livelihood."Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)Author: Gina Damron & Bill Laitner, Free Press Staff WritersPublished: November 9, 2005 Copyright: 2005 Detroit Free PressContact: letters freepress.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Ferndale Cares Medical Pot Headed for Victory in Ferndale Ballot Seeks Approval of Medicinal Pot Ferndale To Vote on Medical Marijuana
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on November 09, 2005 at 08:46:29 PT
Good advice.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on November 09, 2005 at 08:35:53 PT
Good Work, Ferndale
"Light up, but don't drink up."The press still doesn't really get it. After years of mouthing prohibitionist propaganda, they are just learning about fungibles, like replacing alcohol use with cannabis use. At least they made a lame connection. Thanks, SAFER. Medical cannabis is not necessarily about smoking: vaporizers, tinctures, ointments, edibles often appeal to medical patients. This continued emphasis on smoking (obviously a reference to recreational use) plays into the hands of the prohibitionists with their 'save the children' and 'no medicine is smoked' rhetoric. Legislate, regulate, educate.
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on November 09, 2005 at 07:51:39 PT:
Where's that fence?
Don't forget. Bitchin' Kitchen wants to fund a fence to keep the kids form falling off of the planet. He said, "God made the earth flat there is nothing we can do about that. But we can protect our kids from Gods little fauxpas by constucting a great fence along the edge of the planet". He went on to say, "Then we can install a saftey net to catch those adventurous little nublins that venture to climb over". Kitchens said, "Kids, it's the kids. Kids, kids, kids,
it's all about the kids"! "Without kids there is no future". "Kids, We love the kids. Must protect the kids. Kids love Xmas. Kids love Holloween. Kids love birthdays. God loves kids. We need kids for tax exemptions. Kids for kites. 
Kids for bikes. We must save the kids"! Mr. Kitchen said, "Yes I love God but how could he do this to our kids"?
Where's that fence?
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on November 09, 2005 at 07:38:54 PT
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Comment #1 posted by potpal on November 09, 2005 at 07:20:08 PT
Police state of mind
...Police, including Ferndale Chief Michael Kitchen, pledged to ignore such an ordinance and arrest anyone found with the drug.When did protect and serve become arrest and enslave? What's a dirty penny made out of?
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