Marijuana Radio Is Alive And Well

Cultural icon Tommy Chong’s voice is drifting out over a vast portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, uttering these silky words:

“Support MILegalize… I do.”

The message is born on the radio waves of WUPS; the issue is legalization of marijuana; the breakthrough is the acceptance of marijuana issues by mainstream radio stations. The Black Tuna, Robert Platshorn, just announced a similar accomplishment in a few other states where radio spots in support of his The Silver Tour are popping up.


Marijuana use is not loosing its share among college, study finds

Michigan – Daily marijuana use among US college students continues to rise, even surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014. A new study found that one in every 17 college students is smoking marijuana on a daily or near-daily basis. But what is most concerning about the report is that the use of other drugs, such as cocaine and ecstasy, are also on the rise.

The research conducted by the University of Michigan created a series of national surveys for US college students to fill. The results showed that marijuana use has been growing in college campuses since 2006.


Daily marijuana use among college students rising

A University of Michigan study has found that drug use among college students has largely been trending up since 2007. Marijuana use has been on the rise, which should come as no surprise given recent legalization efforts. More worrisome, however, has been a rise in the use of other drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy.

The current rise in drug use comes after years of progress. For most types of drugs, use among college students actually dropped from the 1980’s through until about 2007. Drug abuse has been on the rebound over the last few years, however.


Michigan man who tried to sell bag of dirty socks as marijuana sentenced to jail

A man who tried to sell a backpack of dirty socks as marijuana has been sentenced to at least one year in a Michigan prison.

Michael Suarez was sentenced Thursday for committing fraud through false pretenses. An unarmed robbery charge was dropped.

Police say Suarez was pursuing a marijuana deal in July when he showed up at a home in Lenawee County's Raisin Township. But instead of carrying pot, he had a backpack stuffed with dirty socks.

Police say a purse with $2,800 was stolen from the home. Suarez and others were stopped after speeding through a stop sign.

Defense attorney John Glaser says the "false pretenses" were the dirty socks. Suarez will be eligible for parole after a year in prison. His maximum sentence is 7 ½ years.



Only Comprehensive Regulation Protects Cannabis Businesses

Nearly half of all states in the U.S. have some form of cannabis legalization on the books, but that has not been enough to protect businesses from prosecution by both local and federal authorities. Broad and undefined state laws have allowed the industry to grow very quickly in many parts of the country, but have left businesses with little-to-no direction as to standards for legal compliance. This has left them out in the open with insufficient legal protection. While the freedom of broad laws allows a large amount of expansion and innovation, only comprehensive regulation provides legal protections for companies in the cannabis space.


Marijuana legalization a 'terrible idea,' says GOP presidential hopeful John Kasich

LANSING, MI — Marijuana legalization is a "terrible idea," according to Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose home state will see a pot proposal on the ballot this fall.

"It sends mixes messages to young people about drugs," Kasich told MLive.com on Tuesday as he wrapped up a two-day swing through Michigan. "I don't think we should do that. We need to tell young people to stay off drugs."

Kasich acknowledged the distinction between marijuana and harder drugs like heroin but suggested that legalization could cloud the issue for young people.


Group to push medical marijuana for Autism and Parkinson's after Michigan rejects

Patients with autism and Parkinson’s disease could use medical marijuana under a new effort to overhaul the system in Michigan.

The Michigan Responsibility Council (MRC) announced this week it will push lawmakers to make the state’s medical marijuana system safer and more accessible to qualified patients.

It announced it will include the specific illnesses in its efforts in the wake of a senior state official’s decision on Thursday to reject autism as a qualifying condition.


Michigan rejects use of medical marijuana for autism

Medical marijuana was OK’d by Michigan voters with a 63% yes vote in 2008, yet implementation is always controversial. This week? A state official nixed treating autism, infuriating many parents . . .

Gov. Rick Snyder’s top state regulator on Thursday rejected a state panel’s advice to allow medical marijuana as a treatment for autism.

The decision followed three years of efforts by parents of autistic children, their lawyers and supporters to have Michigan become the first state to specify that marijuana could be used to treat autism.


Nation's largest marijuana expos 'Cannabis Cup' took place in mid-Michigan


The nation's largest marijuana expos "Cannabis Cup" took place in mid-Michigan.

This is the second year in a row the "Cannabis cup" has been in the Clio area.

Organizers say it's growing in popularity.

Last year there were about 4,000 marijuana enthusiasts who attended.

This year, about 6,000 are expected to pass through the Auto City Speedway near Clio.

The number of vendors has also doubled compared to last year.

People can buy items like gear for grow rooms.

Organizers say some politicians were also expected to attend.


Thousands expected at Cannabis Cup in Clio


The Auto City Speedway in Clio is being transformed into the Cannabis Cup for this weekend's trade show.

Dan Skye, Editor/Chief at High Times Magazine says, "We're show casing the cannabis industry here. Michigan is on the verge of something really, really special."

It's the third time the cup has been held in Michigan and each year it's gotten bigger, with nearly 6,000 people expected to show up.

Skye says, "This is a chance for the entire Cannabis Cup industry to network and find out about the industry. It's a great place for the public to find out what the industry is really about as well."

Medical experts have planned seminars and more than 175 vendors will be on hand.


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