Michigan

Tue
26
May

Michigan marijuana legalization drive poised to clear step

LANSING, MI (AP) – Organizers of a marijuana legalization drive in Michigan are poised to clear a procedural step.

The Michigan Cannabis Coalition is expected to receive word from state election officials Tuesday on whether the form of its petition is OK.

The initiated legislation would require 252,000 valid voter signatures before going to the Republican-led Legislature. If lawmakers rejected the bill or took no action, it would receive a statewide vote in November 2016.

The initiative is being supported by anonymous people from the agricultural, real estate, insurance and education sectors. The group says Michigan could add jobs and tax revenue by legalizing and regulating marijuana for recreational purposes.

Mon
25
May

Using Medical Marijuana, Pain Meds Together Doesn't Up Abuse Risk

HealthDay News — Medical marijuana users don't appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription pain medications (PPMs), according to research published in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

The study included 273 patients at a medical marijuana clinic in Michigan. More than 60% of them had also used PPMs in the past month.

Mon
25
May

Hearing set on adding autism to medical marijuana list

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP (AP) -- Lisa Smith says her son's behavior was dangerous: hair pulling, kicks, punches, all related to a severe form of autism. But it began to change more than a year ago when he was given daily oral doses of oil extracted from marijuana.

"That's all stopped. He's more focused, he's calmer," Smith said of 6-year-old Noah. "He sleeps better through the night. He has a better appetite. You can tell he's growing, gaining weight."

Noah is registered to use marijuana to control epileptic seizures; the effect on his autism was an unexpected benefit. Based on that success, Smith is asking the state of Michigan to add autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

Fri
22
May

Michigan students stranded at prom as pot brownies lead to limo driver arrest

The best laid plans of Detroit-area high school students went to pot on Thursday night, after their limousine driver was arrested and taken away by police, leaving them stranded at the prom.

Fri
22
May

Michigan: Medical marijuana for autism? Committee to consider it

Lisa Smith sits on her porch, with son Noah, at their home Belleville, Mich., Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Noah is registered to use marijuana to control epileptic seizures; the effect on his autism was an unexpected benefit. Based on that success, Smith is asking the state of Michigan to add autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. A public hearing will be held in Lansing on May 27.

Lisa Smith says her son's behavior was dangerous: hair pulling, kicks, punches, all related to a severe form of autism. But it began to change more than a year ago when he was given daily oral doses of oil extracted from marijuana.

Thu
21
May

Pot for potholes? Rep. Dillon wants to legalize, tax marijuana to pay for roads

Legalize marijuana in Michigan and the taxes could help repair roads, educate children and pay for public safety.

Those are some of the reasons Grand Rapids State Representative Brandon Dillon says the time has come to not just "decriminalize" marijuana, but make it legal, available and taxable as it is in a few states like Colorado.

"I think even people who are somewhat uncomfortable with the notion of legalization understand that what we are doing right now is not working," explains Representative Dillon. Continuing to direct precious resources to prosecute people for marijuana offenses is not in anyone's best interests."

Wed
20
May

Combination Of Medical Cannabis, Opioids Does Not Increase Substance Abuse Risk, Study Finds

With nearly half of the country having already legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes, physicians prescribing opioids for pain management have another alternative at their disposal. As medical marijuana laws become more relaxed, practitioners now have the option of treating chronic pain patients with prescription opioids, medical cannabis or both. Among many, however, there’s a concern about the adverse effects in patients using both.

Wed
20
May

Let's legalize and tax marijuana to help pay for Michigan roads, schools, police

It's no secret that Michigan has a problem finding enough money to invest in critical priorities like roads, education and public safety. The costs of providing a good education to our kids, fixing our roads and providing even basic services to residents continue to climb.

Taxpayers have made it clear in the voting booth that they are skeptical about forking over more of their hard-earned money until they know the Legislature has asked corporations to pay their fair share and looked to alternative options to generate significant revenue. What we need are consistent, permanent revenue solutions that don't simply raise taxes on middle-class, working families.

Tue
12
May

The legalization of marijuana in Michigan

Many believe that the legalization of marijuana will mean less jail time, more jobs, and more tax dollars.

“The first thing we’re saying is regulate it and the second thing is, let’s bring in tax revenue,” said Matt Marsden, a spokesman for the Oakland County-based Michigan Cannabis Coalition.

In April, the group filed language for a ballot proposal with the Board of Canvassers in Lansing and a decision is expected sometime this month. If approved, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition would have 180 days to collect at least 252,000 signatures. Maybe more, considering some of those signatures could be deemed invalid.

Thu
30
Apr

Medical marijuana bills get fresh look in Lansing

Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana in 2010 but legislators still struggle to agree on terms for licensing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.(Photo: Ed Andrieski, Associated Press)

Medical marijuana is back on agendas in Lansing.

The Michigan House Judiciary Committee is to begin new hearings today for two medical-marijuana bills. Both passed the House overwhelmingly last year, then hit roadblocks in the lame-duck session of the state Senate last fall, when statewide police groups lobbied hard against them.

The bills would allow two big additions to Michigan's medical-marijuana landscape:

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