Growing Marijuana At Home Would Be Banned
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Growing Marijuana At Home Would Be Banned
Posted by CN Staff on November 29, 2018 at 16:09:04 PT
By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press
Source: Detroit Free Press
Lansing, Michigan -- Republican lawmakers introduced bills Thursday that would undo some of the provisions in two of the ballot proposals overwhelmingly passed by voters on Nov. 6.One bill, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, would prohibit homegrown marijuana that was part of the legalization ballot proposal that passed by a 56-44 margin. That provision allows anyone over the age of 21 to grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal use in their homes.
Meekhof said Thursday that he wants to prohibit home grows as a way to stop pot from flooding neighborhoods across the state.“People don’t get to make alcohol and serve it in unregulated bars to anyone they want to. Homegrown marijuana is basically unregulated,” he said. “It should be in some regulated form, so we have consistency and safety. It’s a mind-altering substance like alcohol. It should be somehow controlled.”Jeffrey Hank, director of the East Lansing-based MiLegalize, which was part of the coalition to support marijuana legalization, said the measure is just more “lame-duck mischief.”“He’s really being totalitarian if he thinks Michigan adults can’t grow a plant or two. He just wants to do this to block competition from corporate interests,” he said. “People can make their own wine and their own home-brewed beer — they should be able to grow a few plants.”Several other bills introduced Thursday would require a declaration of U.S. citizenship on driver's licenses and state identification cards before a person could automatically be registered to vote. The Promote the Vote ballot proposal, which passed 67-33 percent, includes a provision that automatically registers a person to vote when they get a driver’s license or state ID.The bills, introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, would also allow a person to opt out of registering to vote when they got state identifications or driver's licenses. And, while the Promote the Vote proposal allows people to register to vote up until the day of the election, another bill limits the ability to register to 14 days before an election.The chances of passing the changes to the approved ballot proposals, however, are almost impossible in this lame-duck session. Because the two proposals were passed by voters, the Legislature needs to muster a supermajority — a three-quarters vote — in both the House of Representatives and Senate. Republicans hold a 27-11 supermajority in the Senate, but only a 63-47 edge in the House.Democrats are unlikely to support any changes to the laws and even some Republicans aren’t on board with the proposals.“I don’t believe in home growing (marijuana) for sale, but I don’t object to growing for personal use,” said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.The marijuana legalization law, which goes into effect on Dec. 6, prohibits home growers from selling their products, although they can give away the pot.The marijuana legalization includes a provision that gives the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs the authority to regulate and license marijuana businesses. Meekhof’s proposal changes that so that a politically appointed licensing board — similar to how the medical marijuana industry is regulated — also has the authority over licensing businesses in the recreational marijuana industry.“The people in Michigan have already spoken and passed our initiative with more votes than Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer got,” said Josh Hovey, spokesman for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, which led the legalization campaign. “For lawmakers to immediately go against the will of the people is undemocratic and it totally disregards the political process.”The bills build on an already controversial lame-duck session that has included Republicans in the Senate passing laws gutting minimum wage and paid sick leave laws that were a part of a citizen-led petition drive to get the issues on the ballot.The Legislature passed those two initiatives in September in order to keep them off the ballot and leave them with the ability to amend them after the election with only a simple majority, rather than the three-quarters vote they would need if voters had passed the proposals.Instead of a $12 minimum wage phased in through 2022, a bill now spreads out the increase until 2030 and removes tipped workers, such as bartenders and wait staff, from the wage hike. A paid sick leave bill cuts the amount of paid sick time a worker can get each year from 72 hours to 36 and exempts businesses with fewer than 50 employees.The House of Representatives still has to consider those two bills.Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)Author: Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free PressPublished: November 29, 2018Copyright: 2018 Detroit Free PressWebsite: letters freepress.comURL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #9 posted by afterburner on December 03, 2018 at 13:00:00 PT
Cannabis - More Popular than Politicians
Michael Moore Calls for Putting Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot in Every Swing State in 2020.
By	James McClure, Civilized	on	December 1, 2018 on the freedom train.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on December 02, 2018 at 17:30:57 PT
Even when we've changed the laws
we will have to watch and keep a check on the prohibitionists always. Always. The self-righteous... and prohibitionists are the meaning of self-righteousness, are among the most dangerous people living among us. They will harm others and say that they deserve it... based on their twisted assessment. Self-righteousness is a form of real wickedness. The very meaning of it. The person who is self-righteous is not righteous at all. Not at all. They are, in fact, very dangerous people. They will bring great harm to those they judge. And they judge others constantly, but oddly, never themselves. They don't see it... because they are among the self-righteous. Self-righteousness is a very bad thing. The self-righteous are busybodies and they are always worried about the speck they imagine they see in everyone else's eyes... like ours... while they are running around with a freaking Sequoia blocking their ability to see their own faults... and the truth. Their self-righteousness tells them it's ok for them to hurt people over their darkened and deluded vision of right and wrong. We will always have to keep an eye on the self-righteous among us. They are dangerous people. 
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on December 02, 2018 at 16:20:42 PT
Utah morons #3
Notice:*The people are doing this good work & the rate at which people do this good is only increasing.*This is not simply politicians involved, it's the church & in fact a clear lack of the separation of church & state.*In the future, when We look back, the people are going to get what they want, which is to quit caging responsible humans who choose to use the plant cannabis.*& when We look back, We may also notice an increase of people avoiding anything to do with morons.*The issue of clergy denouncing cannabis is addressed in the last book of the Old, titled Sin of the Priests
Malachi 1:6-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)Sin of the Priests*We are requested by the Christ Jesus to love one another (John 14-16 & 1 John). So many blessings are available to Us when We do that that are not available to those who do not love one another. Chief among those is the ability to receive "the spirit of truth". Acquiring he spirit of truth is the whole entire reason, We are here at this transfer station. The "spirit of truth" is the only thing You can take with You when You leave. IT'S WHY YOU ARE HERE.*!* You can not love someone and cage them for using the plant cannabis, at the same time.Do not let anything get in-between you and the "spirit of truth."Nothing.The Green Collar Worker
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Comment #6 posted by John Tyler on December 02, 2018 at 09:01:51 PT
Utah Morons II
What is wrong with the politicians? They are only holding things up a bit. They may even be imperiling their own political careers. Progress is going forward. I presume that cannabis is widely available in Utah already. The politicians have to face reality, or not be politicians anymore. Remember when the Olympics came to Utah. The Olympic people said for this to work, you will have to change your laws on alcoholic beverages. What did the politicians do? They changed their laws to accommodate the Olympic people. It can be done. It has been done. It will be done.
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Comment #5 posted by John Tyler on December 02, 2018 at 08:48:23 PT
Micah reference
Forget about the Bronze Age Iron Age reference. My time line was a little off. It doesn’t matter anyway as it is not really germane. The main point was that people should have the right to privacy and a sense of wellbeing and be at home or in their garden with their plants. Micah just points out a tradition that began a long, long time ago.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on December 02, 2018 at 07:57:11 PT
Utah morons
Utah Voters Approved Medical Marijuana, Now State Lawmakers Want A Rewrite
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on December 01, 2018 at 08:51:58 PT
biblical flavor and justification
For those who like a biblical flavor and justification check out Micah, a minor prophet from the Bronze Age. Micah 4:4
 It’s the part about beating swords into plowshares etc. (I know it is a little bit anachronistic…iron tools in the Bronze Age, anyway, it is literary. Go with it.) etc., etc. And each man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and by extension cannabis plant, with no one to frighten him. For the mouth of the LORD of Hosts has spoken. Remember that early Hebrew worship services consisted of large bundles of cannabis being tossed on braziers to fill the temple with sweet cannabis smoke to open the minds of the worshipers to the word of the Lord (and the word was OM). Somewhere in history that message was lost. Besides, home growing is just the right thing to do.
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Comment #2 posted by Vincent on November 29, 2018 at 16:56:06 PT:
So-called "conservatives"
What is it with these so-called "conservative" LOWLIFES, anyway? They just lost the election, and yet, they can't accept it. They actually believed that the Reagan Reaction -- oops! I meant the Reagan "Revolution" -- was a permanent feature in this country.They are WRONG!
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on November 29, 2018 at 16:42:50 PT
Show those Republican Prohibitionists the Door
“The people in Michigan have already spoken and passed our initiative with more votes than Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer got,” said Josh Hovey, spokesman for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, which led the legalization campaign. “For lawmakers to immediately go against the will of the people is undemocratic and it totally disregards the political process.”
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