Medical Marijuana on The Ballot in Flint 

Medical Marijuana on The Ballot in Flint 
Posted by CN Staff on February 17, 2007 at 06:54:26 PT
Gazette News Service 
Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Flint, MI -- The three days Charles Snyder III spent in jail after being accused of a laundry list of drug crimes strengthened his resolve to seek legalization of marijuana for medical use. Snyder, 29, of Flint, is one of the driving forces behind an initiative that would change Flint law to allow the possession and use of marijuana with a doctor's approval -- theoretically, at least.
The issue goes before Flint residents in a Feb. 27 election, but the vote is largely symbolic because pot usage -- recreational and medicinal -- would still be illegal under both state and federal laws. And they trump local ordinances. Opponents say a city already battling a crime problem dominated by drugs shouldn't legalize marijuana use, even under special circumstances. City Council President Darryl Buchanan said he can't speak from a medical standpoint, but he opposes the initiative and believes it could send a wrong message about drug use to children. ``I don't condone any drug use. I will not be voting for it,'' Buchanan said. ``We already have our hands full combating drugs and crime in Flint.'' Supporters claim marijuana helps treat nausea, pain and other symptoms of as many as 200 diseases. They say it's important to offer as much protection as possible to prevent seriously ill patients from going to jail for smoking pot.  Snipped:Complete Article: Kalamazoo Gazette (MI)Published: Saturday, February 17, 2007Copyright: 2007 Kalamazoo GazetteContact: letters kalamazoogazette.comWebsite: Articles: Flint Pot Vote Mostly Symbolic Voters To Have Say on Medical Marijuana
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Comment #3 posted by doc james on February 19, 2007 at 07:11:00 PT
Yes, very non-traditional
yet they are still on the wrong track. While they look at corn, soybeans and sugarbeets the answer to the alternate fuels is in good old weed, as in hemp. Several crops a year vs 1 crop a year w/sugarbeets. Henry Ford had it right long ago.
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on February 18, 2007 at 09:39:18 PT
ACLU to show two of its Freedom Files films
Fri Feb 23 --- 7:30 pm Kalamazoo MI Drug Wars-- Racial ProfilingSmartshop Metalworking Studio 516 North St. admission is Free
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on February 17, 2007 at 10:44:26 PT
Gov. Jenny get out infront allow Hemp to be grown 
the Word today Nation is Non-Traditional.Ag Secretary Hopeful About Cellulosic Ethanol   
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 February 16, 2007  
 Cellulosic ethanol could be a financially viable alternative fuel within five years, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says. In order to meet President Bush's renewable fuels goals and make large reductions in U.S. foreign oil dependence, ethanol producers will need to use other feedstocks in addition to corn, Johanns says. That notion has been stressed by many others, including the Renewable Fuels Association. But while some groups have said the need for large amounts of cellulosic ethanol would be unattainable in the near future, Johanns is optimistic that the technology will emerge soon to make cellulosic ethanol financially competitive. "I really do think it's fair to say that somewhere near the end of this decade  you'll see it as viable," he told state energy officials Tuesday. "Personally, I think we're right on the edge." Johanns told Down Jones Newswires that he seems to learn about imminent breakthroughs in cellulosic ethanol technology nearly every day. "But meeting that demand means that we'll have to draw on resources and regions that  traditionally we didn't think about," he says.
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