Detroit police make arrests at marijuana dispensary

Detroit police arrested two people and confiscated two firearms and drugs during a raid on a marijuana dispensary Tuesday afternoon.

Police seized 4,100 grams of marijuana (about 9 pounds), and removed 12 edible marijuana foods from the shelves at Detroit Medz, said Sgt. Cassandra Lewis of Detroit police Media Relations.

"Our Major Violators Unit executed a search warrant at the location at 4:30 p.m.," Lewis said.

According to state law, only Michiganders who possess state registry cards can legally use medical marijuana, but at the shop "they were just selling to anybody who walked in," she said.


Snoop Dogg's show in Lansing excites marijuana backers

Rapper Snoop Dogg, a Long Beach, Calif. native, is an avid marijuana supporter and performs Saturday at the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing. The appearance will mark his second at the event since 2008.(Photo: LSJ files)

LANSING – When Snoop Dogg performs Saturday at the Common Ground Music Festival in Adado Riverfront Park, it could inspire his fans and supporters of Michigan's marijuana legalization movement to take some tokes ... and chances.

The 43-year-old rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, is an avid marijuana supporter who has been known to light up on stage. He could inspire others to test the legal system in a Capital City run by Virg Bernero, who has become an advocate for legalizing marijuana in the state.


Medical marijuana changed 6-year-old daughter's life, says Grand Blanc mom

GRAND BLANC, MI – Bella Chinonis can't talk. She can't walk, chew or play like most children her age. The 6-year-old Grand Blanc girl couldn't even stand until a few months ago.

Her days have consisted of seizures lasting anywhere from 2 to 27 minutes and taking multiple prescription medications for problems she's been dealing with since she was born.

Her mother, Ida Chinonis, says it wasn't until Bella was introduced to cannabis oil that things started turning around for her little girl.

"She can stand now. She responds to voices and she loves the movie 'Frozen.' She didn't do that before and the only thing different we are doing is giving her medical marijuana."


12 States Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana Next

Washington State, Washington, D.C. and Colorado have blazed the trail for ending prohibition.

Through legal means these areas have adopted the recreational use of marijuana, freed the market for patients, opened the flood gates for entrepreneurs, and tax revenue for the states and districts. Based on research we have complied a list of states that will be vying for ending prohibition and legalization. With an election coming in 2016 all of these states on the list are going to have a measure on the ballot regarding marijuana. These are exciting times, friends. If you live in one of these states, be on the look out in November 2016 to vote for the right thing for our country. Enjoy.


1. California


Elections board approves marijuana petition language

Two Michigan groups hoping to legalize marijuana in Michigan can begin collecting signatures to put the question on the 2016 ballot after a state elections board signed off on the groups' petition language.

Michigan Public Radio’s Lansing reporter Jake Neher tells us that while the groups both want to legalize the possession, use, production, and distribution of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21, they disagree on a lot of the details.

Neher says the main difference is how each group wants to approach regulation.


Study: Cannabis Users Less Likely To Have Diabetes

A history of cannabis use is inversely correlated with diabetes mellitus, according to an epidemiological review published online ahead of print in the journal Epidemiology.

Investigators at Michigan State University, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics performed a meta-analytic study assessing cannabis use and diabetes in the general population.

“Recently active cannabis smoking and diabetes mellitus are inversely associated,” they determined. Authors estimated that subjects with a history of cannabis use were about 30 percent less likely to have diabetes compared to non-using subjects.


Legalize pot, 56% in Mich. poll say

By a margin of 20 percent, a majority of Michigan voters supports legalization of small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use, as two competing groups race to put the issue on the November 2016 ballot.

Support for legalization topped 56 percent in a statewide poll conducted June 9-11 by the Glengariff Group Inc. and released exclusively to The Detroit News and WDIV-TV.

Among 600 likely 2016 general election voters, opposition to ending Michigan's decades-old cannabis prohibition was just under 36 percent.

"The issue is in a position to win," said pollster Richard Czuba, president of the Chicago-based Glengariff Group. "This has a chance, but it's not an easy campaign."


Michigan marijuana legalization? A guide to multiple petition drives and how they differ

LANSING, MI — Multiple groups seeking to legalize marijuana in Michigan are hoping to put ballot proposals before voters in 2016, which means residents could be asked to sign multiple petitions this summer.

Two groups have already won approval from the Board of State Canvassers to begin circulating petitions for initiated legislation as they each attempt to collect the required 252,523 signatures. A third group is considering a possible petition drive of its own.


Recreational Marijuana Advocates Will Begin Collecting Signatures in Michigan, State Could See Tax Revenue It Desperately Needs

Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers approved the form petitions Thursday for two initiatives that would legalize recreational marijuana. Advocates in Michigan will begin collecting signatures from Michigan voters. WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick said that it will be easy to find enough Michiganders ready for legalizing recreational marijuana to get the initiatives put on the ballot in 2016.

“The sponsors are very confident they can gather more signatures than needed to put this on the statewide ballot.”


Marijuana legalization petitions approved by Michigan board

Michigan would legalize the recreational use of marijuana under two proposed initiatives for which advocates will soon begin collecting voter signatures.

The Board of State Canvassers approved the legalization petition forms Thursday. The advocacy groups need about 253,000 valid signatures each to put the bills before the Republican-led Legislature.

The measures, which would allow the possession or use of marijuana by those 21 and older, would go to a statewide vote in November 2016 if lawmakers did not act.


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