1,000 Rally in Lansing To Protest Pushback on MMJ
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1,000 Rally in Lansing To Protest Pushback on MMJ
Posted by CN Staff on September 08, 2011 at 04:49:08 PT
By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
Source: Detroit Free Press
Lansing -- Nearly 1,000 people gathered on the steps and lawn of the state Capitol on Wednesday to decry attempts to change the law passed by voters in 2008 that allows for the use of medical marijuana.With the distinct aroma of marijuana in the air and signs declaring, "Let My People Grow," and "Fight Criminals, not Sick People," the gathering was one part Hash Bash and one part protest rally.
Speaker after speaker decried a Court of Appeals ruling that said medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal and the subsequent raids on dispensaries. They lashed out at the Legislature and Attorney General Bill Schuette for bills that would make the law more restrictive. About 63% of voters approved the law.Six legislators said last month they would introduce bills that would prohibit felons from becoming caregivers, clarify what is a debilitating condition, prohibit dispensaries within 500 feet of a church, school or day care center and require a full physician workup -- including medical histories -- before a doctor can certify someone as a medical marijuana user."If we can get enough letters sent, maybe we can stop some of those bills," said Corey Thomason, 62, of Three Rivers.He's a certified medical marijuana user because he has hepatitis C. He's also a caregiver for one other medical marijuana user, meaning he can grow marijuana and provide it to that person."The ballot issue was meant to show the feelings of the people," said Chris Chiles, who is on the board of directors for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. "We don't need games or silly bureaucracy."Chiles is organizing a petition drive to repeal an ordinance in Kalamazoo that prohibits medical marijuana dispensaries.Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)Author: Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Staff WriterPublished: September 8, 2011Copyright: 2011 Detroit Free PressWebsite: letters freepress.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #4 posted by Storm Crow on September 09, 2011 at 09:52:49 PT
50 Billion+ on the WOD!
50 states, 50 billion dollars! Hmmm....What could your state do with an extra billion dollars? Employ a bunch of folks to fix the roads? Improve our struggling schools? Restore badly needed mental health services? That money should go where it will do some GOOD! 
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on September 09, 2011 at 08:10:46 PT
A letter from Ethan:
Dear jerry,For the next two months, we have an opportunity to rein in the worst excesses of the war on drugs. The government is set to cut spending by $1.5 trillion by November 23 - and one way to do that is to roll back costly and ineffective drug war programs and institutions like the DEA. With support for legalizing marijuana and ending the war on drugs at an all time high, now is the time to strike. Donate today and help let members of Congress know that the American public wants drug war funding cut. Help us raise $10,000 by September 16th and reach out to Congress!No agency merits defunding so much as the DEA. Who are they to declare that marijuana “has no acceptable medical use in the United States”? The DEA has shown that they’ll work to block researchers from discovering new medical benefits to marijuana at all costs. Why should the taxes we pay support this kind of ideological nonsense?What’s the price tag for the anti-science, anti-public health DEA? Over $2 billion per year. And the drug war as a whole? Each year, the war on drugs costs taxpayers at least $50 billion!Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans think the war on drugs has failed, so it’s time for Congress to cut it off at the source. Let Congress know that you don’t want to waste money on the war on drugs. Donate to the Drug Policy Alliance today!When opportunity calls, we count on supporters like you to rise to the occasion. That’s why we’re asking you to help us raise $10,000 by September 16th. With your help, we'll be able to reach out to media allies and continue our work in the halls of Congress to make sure drug war funding is on the chopping block. Make a tax-deductible gift today!Sincerely,Ethan Nadelmann
Executive Director
Drug Policy Alliance
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on September 08, 2011 at 09:32:32 PT
Lol! Runruff. I wonder...
Oh wait. I know! I know! And I know where you got it from.This is wonderful that they got a thousand people out. That's good. That's a noticeable amount of protesting citizens.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on September 08, 2011 at 08:07:30 PT
"Let My People Grow," 
I wonder where they got that clever play on words?
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