medical marijuana http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-schuette-launches-reelection-campaign <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette kicked off his reelection campaign today in his hometown of Midland.</p><p>In his speech, Schuette touted his record in office, including efforts to combat human trafficking and protect pensions.</p><p>“A record that’s strong and clear. It’s a record of being a voice for victims. A voice for the constitution and a voice for Michigan,” says Schuette. “It’s a long election and I’m going to win. I’m going to take my case to the citizens across the state of Michigan.”</p><p>Schuette didn’t directly address the controversy over same-sex marriage.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16945 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign Medical pot bills would OK edibles, dispensaries in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/medical-pot-bills-would-ok-edibles-dispensaries-michigan <p><br />LANSING –&nbsp;More than five years after Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana, advocates say gaps in the law cause needless confusion and prosecution.<br /><br />Two Republican House bills aim to clarify the law by legalizing dispensaries and edibles. Neither was directly addressed in the 2008 law, but court rulings have since judged them illegal. More than 100,000 patients and 27,000 caregivers are licensed by the state to use and grow marijuana.<br /> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:41:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16939 at http://michiganradio.org Medical pot bills would OK edibles, dispensaries in Michigan The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-50 <p>In This Week in Michigan Politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-declares-financial-emergency-royal-oak-township"> financial emergency in Royal Oak Township</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/ptsd-becomes-first-mental-health-disorder-approved-medical-marijuana-use">the approval of PTSD for medical marijuana use</a>, and how Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is going after energy companies accused of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/big-energy-companies-face-conspiracy-anti-trust-violations-michigan">drastically bringing down the prices of oil and gas land leases</a>, and why some people paid as much as $8 a gallon for propane this year.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:08:56 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16908 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics PTSD becomes first mental-health disorder approved for medical marijuana use http://michiganradio.org/post/ptsd-becomes-first-mental-health-disorder-approved-medical-marijuana-use <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will now be able to get medical marijuana, marking the first mental-health disorder approved for medical marijuana use.</span></p><p>The decision came yesterday, as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs signed off on the proposal from the Michigan Medical Marihuana Review panel.</p><p>As Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher explains, the decision is the result of months of deliberation.</p><p>How will the decision affect veterans who apply for federal benefits? Is Lansing considering adding other conditions to the issue?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:12:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 16903 at http://michiganradio.org PTSD becomes first mental-health disorder approved for medical marijuana use State board says PTSD patients should be able to use medical marijuana http://michiganradio.org/post/state-board-says-ptsd-patients-should-be-able-use-medical-marijuana <p>Dakota Serna served in the Marines during the Iraq War. He says memories of seeing friends and children killed left him suicidal after he came home. Serna says the only thing that has helped him get his life back on track is using marijuana.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>But that puts him on the wrong side of the law as it is currently written.</p><p></p><p>“Somebody on paper can say that I’m a criminal,” said Serna. “Somebody can come to my house and try to put me in handcuffs. But I’m not a criminal.”</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:25:38 +0000 Jake Neher 16757 at http://michiganradio.org State board says PTSD patients should be able to use medical marijuana Landlords could ban tenants from smoking or growing medical marijuana under bill http://michiganradio.org/post/landlords-could-ban-tenants-smoking-or-growing-medical-marijuana-under-bill <p>Some Michigan medical marijuana patients and caregivers could soon be banned from smoking or growing cannabis where they live.</p><p></p><p>A state Senate panel approved a bill on Tuesday that would let landlords decide whether to allow tenants to grow or smoke medical marijuana.</p><p></p><p>“We’ve had a lot of apartment owners that have people smoking marijuana or growing marijuana, doing damage to the apartments, creating danger for other residents,” said state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, who introduced the legislation.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:24:12 +0000 Jake Neher 16500 at http://michiganradio.org Landlords could ban tenants from smoking or growing medical marijuana under bill Michigan pharmacies will be able to sell medical marijuana if feds reschedule as drug http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-pharmacies-will-be-able-sell-medical-marijuana-if-feds-reschedule-drug <p></p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill into law that clears the way for pharmacies to sell medical marijuana in Michigan. But that’s only if the federal government reclassifies cannabis as a legal prescription drug.</p><p>There’s no clear sign that will happen any time soon.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:45:55 +0000 Jake Neher 15846 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan pharmacies will be able to sell medical marijuana if feds reschedule as drug What happened to the high profile bills in Lansing? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-happened-high-profile-bills-lansing <p><strong>Dark money bills go to Gov. Snyder's desk</strong></p><p>"People who pay for so-called “issue ads” would be able to stay anonymous under a bill that has cleared the state Legislature. It would also double the amount of money people can give to campaigns and political action committees – or “PACS”. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/more-campaign-money-could-flow-michigan-after-lawmakers-pass-new-legislation">The bill</a> now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Three medical marijuana bills move forward</strong></p><p>"Medical marijuana patients in Michigan would have more ways to legally obtain and consume cannabis under three bills that cleared the state House Thursday. A bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate again in Michigan and another to let patients use edible or topical forms of medical marijuana will now go to the state Senate. Lawmakers in both the House and Senate approved legislation that could clear the way for pharmacies to sell medical marijuana in Michigan. That now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/trio-medical-marijuana-bills-clear-state-house">reports.</a></p><p><strong>New petition drive planned against anti-abortion coverage law</strong></p><p>"A campaign is organizing to block the new law that will require people to buy a separate insurance policy for abortion coverage. The Legislature approved the law this week. Because it’s a petition initiative, it will take effect next year without the governor’s signature. Abortion rights advocates are putting together a coalition to launch a petition drive." Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/groups-already-considering-challenge-michigan-s-new-abortion-insurance-rider">reports.</a></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:06:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15676 at http://michiganradio.org What happened to the high profile bills in Lansing? Marijuana and campaign finance bills, and a new woman CEO for GM make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/marijuana-and-campaign-finance-bills-and-new-woman-ceo-gm-make-political-headlines <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics,</em> Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss marijuana and campaign finance bills and the appointment of the first <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/what-does-gms-first-female-ceo-mean-auto-industry">female CEO</a> of General Motors.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:02:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15638 at http://michiganradio.org Marijuana and campaign finance bills, and a new woman CEO for GM make political headlines In this morning's headlines: GM U.S. government free, marijuana bills, MSU post championship http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-gm-us-government-free-marijuana-bills-msu-post-championship <p><strong>The U.S. government no longer owns GM</strong></p><p>The U.S. government sold its<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-government-motors-no-more"> last stock in General Motors </a>today. The government no longer owns parts of the company.</p><p><strong>Medical marijuana bills could move forward today</strong></p><p>"A state House panel could vote as early as today on some high-profile medical marijuana bills. The legislation would revive medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan and allow patients to use edible forms of cannabis," Jake Neher<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/high-profile-medical-marijuana-bills-could-clear-state-house-panel-tuesday"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>MSU student raises $3,000 for owner of flipped car </strong></p><p>"A Michigan State University student has raised more than $3,000 to help pay for <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-fans-get-rowdy-after-big-ten-title-win">damage</a> done to a stranger's car by rowdy Spartan fans after the school's football team beat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:47:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15620 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: GM U.S. government free, marijuana bills, MSU post championship Michigan court to take look at jobless pay for pot users http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-take-look-jobless-pay-pot-users <p>DETROIT (AP) - Can workers who are fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana get unemployment benefits?<br /><br />The state appeals court has agreed to tackle the issue in the months ahead. One case involves a hospital employee in Charlotte, Michigan, while another involves a forklift driver in Grand Rapids.<br /><br />Jenine Kemp and Rick Braska were fired after their employers learned they used medical marijuana. Drug use violated company policy.<br /> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:22:37 +0000 The Associated Press 15471 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan court to take look at jobless pay for pot users In Lansing, could unexpected legislation pop up? http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-could-unexpected-legislation-pop <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each Thursday we talk Michigan politics with Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan legislature is on recess until the first week of December. This feels like a much more subdued legislative session compared to last year. Today we ask, what has the legislature checked off it's list, what bills are likely to come up in December?</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:03:42 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15386 at http://michiganradio.org In Lansing, could unexpected legislation pop up? Tolerance for marijuana use in Michigan is increasing http://michiganradio.org/post/tolerance-marijuana-use-michigan-increasing <p>One of the more intriguing results of the recent elections here in Michigan centered on marijuana.</p><p>Voters in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, and by large margins: Each passed with more than 60% of the vote. Voters in Grand Rapids, Ypsilanti, Flint and Detroit have passed similar proposals in recent years.</p><p>On the state level, Michigan voters approved legalizing medical marijuana in 2008.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And a recent <a href="http://norml.org/news/2013/09/26/michigan-most-voters-favor-eliminating-criminal-penalties-for-marijuana-offenses">EPIC-MRA</a> poll found nearly 80% of Michigan voters support ending criminal penalties for pot-related charges.</span></p><p>What’s behind this greater tolerance towards marijuana? And what could come from relaxing pot restrictions?</p><p>We talked with Melvyn Levitsky, a professor of International Policy and Practice at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. The former U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria and Brazil, Levitsky also served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:01:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 15350 at http://michiganradio.org Tolerance for marijuana use in Michigan is increasing Michigan legislators propose pharmacy marijuana sales http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislators-propose-pharmacy-marijuana-sales <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Five years after Michigan voters legalized marijuana use for medical purposes, lawmakers say it's time patients can buy the drug at their corner pharmacy.<br /><br />Legislation approved last week by a Senate committee would pave the way for the production and sale of "pharmaceutical-grade" cannabis. The measure would create a second medical pot system in Michigan that proponents say wouldn't interfere with the existing law under which patients can grow their own pot or obtain it from caregivers.<br /><br />The change couldn't occur without federal approval. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 15:59:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15211 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan legislators propose pharmacy marijuana sales Baby Bree is going home as court returns daughter to medical marijuana patients http://michiganradio.org/post/baby-bree-going-home-court-returns-daughter-medical-marijuana-patients <p>Two medical marijuana patients have won a legal battle to have their infant daughter returned to them.</p><p>Today, an Ingham County judge OK'd a deal that will allow an infant girl, known as Baby Bree, to be returned to her parents.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:38:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 15005 at http://michiganradio.org Baby Bree is going home as court returns daughter to medical marijuana patients Do federal drug laws trump Michigan's constitution? High court will decide http://michiganradio.org/post/do-federal-drug-laws-trump-michigans-constitution-high-court-will-decide <p>The Michigan Supreme Court will hear a challenge today to a local ordinance that bans medical marijuana despite an amendment to the state constitution that allows it.</p><p>The city of Wyoming, outside Grand Rapids, enacted the ordinance three years ago. It outlaws any activity that&rsquo;s already prohibited by federal law. It was directed at the state&rsquo;s voter-approved medical marijuana amendment, which conflicts with federal drug laws.</p><p>The city says it acted within its authority because federal laws trump state laws.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:57:15 +0000 Rick Pluta 14802 at http://michiganradio.org Do federal drug laws trump Michigan's constitution? High court will decide Medical marijuana advocates decry state removal of children http://michiganradio.org/post/medical-marijuana-advocates-decry-state-removal-children <p>Medical marijuana activists rallied in Lansing Tuesday to protest the removal of six-month-old Bree Green from her family last week. The activists say the state Department of Human Services (DHS) has targeted a number of medical marijuana users by taking away their kids.</p><p>Bree’s mother, Maria Green, is a state licensed medical marijuana caregiver. Her father is a patient and outspoken advocate.</p><p>Steve Green says he was elated that dozens of people showed up in support.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:25:06 +0000 Jake Neher 14464 at http://michiganradio.org Medical marijuana advocates decry state removal of children Michigan Supreme Court asked to decide fate of “medibles” http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-asked-decide-fate-medibles <p>A medical marijuana cardholder has appealed a drug possession conviction to the Michigan Supreme Court. The appeal seeks clarification on how the law views putting marijuana or its active ingredient into baked goods.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Earl Caruthers hopes the state’s highest court will reverse the Michigan Court of Appeals in his case.&nbsp; He was stopped with some THC-laced brownies in the back of his car. He also had some pot in plastic bags, and was driving on a suspended license. But he’s only challenging a conviction related to the brownies.</p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 14318 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court asked to decide fate of “medibles” In this morning's headlines: Medical marijuana, MSU prof rant, auction house back at DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-medical-marijuana-msu-prof-rant-auction-house-back-dia <p><strong>PTSD and insomnia patients urge medial marijuana panel to allow use</strong></p><p>"A state advisory board heard overwhelming testimony in favor of approving medical marijuana for patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and insomnia. The board is considering ailments not already included under Michigan’s voter-approved medical marijuana law," Jake Neher<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/ptsd-insomnia-patients-urge-state-panel-allow-use-medical-marijuana"> reports. </a></p><p><strong>MSU pulls professor from classroom for anti-Republican rant</strong></p><p>"A Michigan State University professor has been pulled from the classroom, after a conservative group posted a video online that showed him delivering an anti-Republican rant during a class," Steve Carmody<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-university-yanks-professor-classroom-after-his-anti-republican-rant-goes-viral"> reports. </a></p><p><strong>Auction house comes to the DIA again </strong></p><p>Detroit newspapers are <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130905/NEWS01/309050181/DIA-Christie-s-art-evaluation-Orr">reporting</a> that Christie's Auction House visited the Detroit Institute of Art for the second time yesterday to appraise the museum's collection. Detroit's financial situation has raised concerns about whether the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection might be at risk of sale. However Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has said he has "no plans to use art to relieve&nbsp; the liquidity crisis that the city is in now."</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:29:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14302 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Medical marijuana, MSU prof rant, auction house back at DIA PTSD, insomnia patients urge state panel to allow use of medical marijuana http://michiganradio.org/post/ptsd-insomnia-patients-urge-state-panel-allow-use-medical-marijuana <p></p><p>Melody Karr says doctors have told her cannabis might not be helpful for the posttraumatic stress she’s suffered since her husband’s grisly suicide. She says they’re wrong in assuming side-effects such as forgetfulness could interfere with talk-therapy.</p><p></p><p>“The problem is not that I can’t think or talk about my post-traumatic stress and the issues related to it. The problem is that I can’t stop thinking or talking about it.”</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 23:42:00 +0000 Jake Neher 14301 at http://michiganradio.org PTSD, insomnia patients urge state panel to allow use of medical marijuana