Legalization Signatures Will Put Issue on Ballot

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  Legalization Signatures Will Put Issue on Ballot

Posted by CN Staff on November 16, 2017 at 14:50:02 PT
By Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press 
Source: Detroit Free Press 

Michigan -- Leaders of a statewide campaign to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Michigan say they've gathered enough signatures to put the issue on the statewide ballot in the 2018 election. The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol this week said it's gathered at least 360,000 signatures, well more than the 252,523 required by law. The group now lacks only about $30,000 to pay off a signature-collection vendor before its leaders can submit truckloads of signed petitions to the Michigan Secretary of State, a move they expect to make before Thanksgiving, said spokesman Josh Hovey, with the Lansing-based public-relations firm Truscott Rossman.
Last week, marijuana was a surprise winner at the polls in Detroit, where, despite strong opposition from Detroit City Council members and church leaders, voters passed two ballot measures by wide margins to roll back the city's tough new strictures on medical marijuana shops.The city's tough ordinance was forcing a domino-like series of closures of scores of the shops, called dispensaries, outlawing any that were near parks, churches, schools and day care centers. Those who favored the closures said Detroit had become an unintended hub of nonresidents flocking to open medical marijuana shops, in part because suburbs and suburban police refused to allow the dispensaries.But voters undid the strict ordinance, and apparently froze the process of closures, with a 60% margin of yes votes on Proposal A to allow more "facilities" — that is, dispensaries; and a 58% yes on Proposal B to ease zoning rules on the businesses.At a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Detroit's Cobo Center, aimed at discussing how the ballot measures are to be implemented, the opponents — drawn from the coalition of city leaders, church leaders and neighborhood organizers who championed the new ordinance — planned to show their disapproval of the ballot measures' success, according to online forums."Any and everyone needs to attend this meeting in opposition of this expansion of medical marijuana centers in our community."We need, community organizations, prevention advocates, churches, schools personnel and leadership, day care centers, Realtors, business owners, to flood this meeting," wrote Detroiter DeBorah Omokehinde.But those who support wider access to medical marijuana, as well as to recreational marijuana, said in online forums that they plan to attend and voice a counterpoint. They included former Detroit resident Tim Beck, a retired health insurance executive and longtime promoter of legal cannabis, who said he planned to drive three hours from his retirement home west of Kalamazoo to attend the Cobo Center hearing."Hells bells yes, I'm going," Beck said Wednesday."Some of these folks just can't get it into their heads — they don't represent the voters of Detroit. I'm going to read them the riot act," said Beck, a frequent speaker on television and radio talk shows about marijuana issues.At a bipartisan debate held Tuesday night in Ypsilanti, five candidates for the governor's seat in Lansing all spoke in favor of legalizing marijuana, said Lansing attorney Jeff Hank, a strong supporter of legalized cannabis.Four Democratic gubernatorial candidates — Gretchen Whitmer, Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar and Bill Cobbs — were joined by Republican Evan Space for the discussion. Hank said Republican candidate and Attorney General Bill Schuette was invited but did not respond. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley was not invited, Hank said, because Calley has yet to announce. "When five main candidates are talking about supporting the (legalization) proposal, we've gone mainstream," Hank said after the event. Last week's election results in Oakland County sent at least a symbolic message of protest against the county's aggressive police raids of medical-marijuana growers, processors and dispensary operators. In Keego Harbor and Lathrup Village, ballot measures were approved forbidding police engaged in drug raids and other criminal investigations from seizing the homes, businesses, cash, bank accounts, vehicles and other property until authorities obtain convictions.The passage of the measures — a similar one passed last year in Orchard Lake — can't block the county's narcotics investigators and State Police from seizing property, but it will apply to local police while sending the others a message about how voters feel, said Peter Trzos, 36, of Keego Harbor, who campaigned for the measures.Trzos operated three dispensaries in Oakland County until they were raided and padlocked in 2013, Trzos said. He faces nine felony charges but has not been convicted on any of the charges, Trzos said Wednesday.In other states last week, governors elected in New Jersey and Virginia are expected to push for easing laws on marijuana if not allowing possession outright.Opponents of marijuana's spreading acceptance have pledged this month to continue efforts to educate voters and lawmakers about the risks of letting the drug become legal.Downriver's SUDDS Coalition, which works in 13 communities to keep youths from abusing alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs, is soon to launch an awareness campaign on social media and billboards about the dangers of marijuana, said Bethany Sanford, a community organizer with SUDDS, which stands for Stop Underage Drinking/Drugs Downriver."Between marijuana and the opioid prescription drugs, these have been big focuses for SUDDS this year," Sanford said. A key message of the group is that marijuana is just as bad as alcohol and other drugs when it comes to deleterious long-term effects on young people because adolescent brains are still developing, she said.SUDDS and other groups fear that legalizing cannabis will allow more access by young abusers. Any gain in tax revenues from legalization "isn't worth it," Sanford said.Michigan's legalization question, aimed for November 2018 ballots, would try to keep young people away from marijuana in the same way that state law forbids the consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21.The proposal would let those 21 and older use recreational marijuana in private homes. It would steer the resulting tax revenues to public schools and road projects, as well as to the coffers of local communities but only to those that "opt in" to the proposal by allowing marijuana cultivation, sale and related business activity within their borders, campaign leaders said.The measure's provisions for cultivation, sale and other businesses such as testing and transport were written to comply with a new state law on medical marijuana, which on Dec. 15 will begin to accept applications for marijuana business licenses. Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)Author: Bill Laitner, Detroit Free PressPublished: November 16, 2017Copyright: 2017 Detroit Free PressWebsite: letters freepress.comURL: -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on December 04, 2017 at 08:51:15 PT

Michigan Update
Marijuana Legalization Campaign Turns in 360,000 Signatures to Place Issue on 2018 Michigan Ballot.
NOVEMBER 20, 2017,000-signatures-to-place-issue-on-2018-michigan-ballot/Thanks, Michiganders. Signatures in. Waiting for 2018 ballot. Help inform the voters.
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Comment #3 posted by Garry Minor on November 17, 2017 at 04:18:34 PT:

HempWorld - Cannabis in the Holy Oil
It's True! How amazing is it that this information has surfaced in the last seventy years or so?John baptized with water, Christ baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire.There is water in water, there is Fire in Chrism.As it's written;Gospel of Philip The chrism is superior to baptism, for it is from the word "Chrism" that we have been called "Christians," certainly not because of the word "baptism". And it is because of the chrism that "the Christ" has his name. For the Father anointed the Son, and the Son anointed the apostles, and the apostles anointed us. He who has been anointed possesses everything. He possesses the resurrection, the light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. The Father gave him this in the bridal chamber; he merely accepted (the gift). The Father was in the Son and the Son in the Father. This is the Kingdom of Heaven.;From Cyril of Jerusalem: On ChrismRegarding 1 John 2:18-29 ---- Warning against antichrists 4. And ye were first anointed on the forehead, that ye might be delivered from the shame, which the first man who transgressed bore about with him everywhere; and that with unveiled face ye might reflect as a mirror the glory of the Lord. Then on your ears; that ye might receive the ears which are quick to hear the Divine Mysteries, of which Esaias said, The Lord gave me also an ear to hear; and the Lord Jesus in the Gospel, He that hath ears to hear let him hear. Then on the nostrils; that receiving the sacred ointment ye may say, We are to God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved. Afterwards on your breast; that having put on the breast-plate of righteousness, ye may stand against the wiles of the devil. For as Christ after His Baptism, and the visitation of the Holy Ghost, went forth and vanquished the adversary, so likewise ye, after Holy Baptism and the Mystical Chrism, having put on the whole armour of the Holy Ghost, are to stand against the power of the adversary, and vanquish it, saying, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.5. Having been counted worthy of this Holy Chrism, ye are called Christians, verifying the name also by your new birth. For before you were deemed worthy of this grace, ye had properly no right to this title, but were advancing on your way towards being Christians.6. Moreover, you should know that in the old Scripture there lies the symbol of this Chrism. For what time Moses imparted to his brother the command of God, and made him High-priest, after bathing in water, he anointed him; and Aaron was called Christ or Anointed, evidently from the typical Chrism. So also the High-priest, in advancing Solomon to the kingdom, anointed him after he had bathed in Gihon. To them however these things happened in a figure, but to you not in a figure, but in truth; because ye were truly anointed by the Holy Ghost. Christ is the beginning of your salvation; for He is truly the First-fruit, and ye the mass; but if the First-fruit be holy, it is manifest that Its holiness will pass to the mass also.7. Keep This unspotted: for it shall teach you all things, if it abide in you, as you have just heard declared by the blessed John, discoursing much concerning this Unction. For this holy thing is a spiritual safeguard of the body, and salvation of the soul. Of this the blessed Esaias prophesying of old time said,And on this mountain,—(now he calls the Church a mountain elsewhere also, as when he says, In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be manifest;)—on this mountain shall the Lord make unto all nations a feast; they shall drink wine, they shall drink gladness, they shall anoint themselves with ointment. And that he may make thee sure, hear what he says of this ointment as being mystical; Deliver all these things to the nations, for the counsel of the Lord is unto all nations. Having been anointed, therefore, with this holy ointment, keep it unspotted and unblemished in you, pressing forward by good works, and being made well-pleasing to the Captain of your salvation, Christ Jesus, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.; Theophilus of AntiochCHAP. XII.–MEANING OF THE NAME CHRISTIAN.And about your laughing at me and calling me “Christian,” you know not what you are saying. First, because that which is anointed is sweet and serviceable, and far from contemptible. For what ship can be serviceable and seaworthy, unless it be first caulked [anointed]? Or what castle or house is beautiful and serviceable when it has not been anointed? And what man, when he enters into this life or into the gymnasium, is not anointed with oil? And what work has either ornament or beauty unless it be anointed and burnished? Then the air and all that is under heaven is in a certain sort anointed by light and spirit; and are you unwilling to be anointed with the oil of God? Wherefore we are called Christians on this account, because we are anointed with the oil of God., the churches of the world are literally and Biblically;anti- opposite of, opposed to or against.Christ- covered in Holy Oil, Anointed.It seems that just as it says in Revelation, "the inhabitants of the earth have been deceived."It's a big old magnificent world, but, True is True.
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on November 16, 2017 at 17:54:37 PT

Jesus Used Marijuana!
In the holy anointing Oil: Kaneh Bosem! Be in touch with God by being christened in holy anointing oil with Cannabis!
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on November 16, 2017 at 17:38:57 PT

Ending cannabis prohibition is an act of love. 
"...strong opposition from Detroit City Council members and church leaders..."After all these years, it's still difficult to understand how any "church leader" thinks it's ok to cage people for using what is said to be good on literally the very 1st page of the Bible. -When We're requested to love one another.Difficult till understanding "Sin of the Priests" in Malachi 1:6-14. NASB. (Important reading.) -Last book of the Old.I could understand them being among the 1st to call for an end to cannabis prohibition, extermination and discrimination. Ending cannabis prohibition is an act of love. -0-& Michigan, YES.
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