marijuana http://michiganradio.org en A new book takes a closer look at marijuana prohibiton http://michiganradio.org/post/new-book-takes-closer-look-marijuana-prohibiton <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Investigative journalists Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian present a book that explores the new landscape of cannabis in the United States in a book called<a href="http://www.anewleafbook.com/"> A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition. </a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters in 22 states, including Michigan, have said yes to medical marijuana laws. In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of marijuana.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public opinion continues to shift toward policies that favor legalizing cannabis. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yet, 49.5% of federal government drug-related arrests involve the sale, manufacture, or possession of cannabis.</span></p><p>In their book, Martin and Rashidian interviewed patients, growers, entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, and regulators in nearly every state with a medical cannabis law.</p><p>They analyze how recent milestones toward legalization will affect the war on drugs both domestically and internationally. The book is a unique account of how legalization is manifesting itself in the lives of millions.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:11:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 18312 at http://michiganradio.org A new book takes a closer look at marijuana prohibiton More Michigan cities will vote on decriminalizing pot http://michiganradio.org/post/more-michigan-cities-will-vote-decriminalizing-pot <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 21.111112594604492px; ">In Berkley, activists say they've now turned in enough signatures to put decriminalization on the local ballot this fall.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 21.111112594604492px; ">The city clerk says they'll know whether or not the signatures are valid by Thursday. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Kate Wells 18227 at http://michiganradio.org More Michigan cities will vote on decriminalizing pot Michigan Senate leader says he’s on board with medical marijuana bills http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-leader-says-he-s-board-medical-marijuana-bills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The top lawmaker in the state Senate says he’s now on board with legislation to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan.</span></p><p>Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, is now also embracing a bill that would allow state-certified patients to use edible and other non-smokable forms of marijuana.</p><p>Richardville was not a fan of the legislation when the state House approved it late last year. But he says that has changed as he’s heard more from supporters of the bills.</p><p>“This is for well-meaning people and it’s all for medical purposes. And [patients and caregivers] came and gave some moving testimony,” said Richardville.</p><p>“There’s so much to learn about that topic, and I didn’t know a lot about it. And I didn’t realize how difficult smoking is for some people and the different ingestion techniques that are important to them.”</p><p>Supporters of <a href="http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-HB-4271">House Bill 4271</a> say dispensaries allow people to get treatment right away, instead of having to wait for a caregiver to grow and cultivate marijuana. They say that process can take months. Patients with certain diseases, such as cancer, sometimes don’t live long enough to get the benefits of medical marijuana.</p><p>A number of state Supreme Court rulings in recent years have made it impossible for dispensaries to operate the way they did when Michigan voters first approved the state’s Medical Marijuana Act in 2008.</p><p>Advocates say <a href="http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-HB-5104">House Bill 5104</a> is also necessary because a recent Michigan Court of Appeals ruling limited legal medical marijuana use to smokable forms. They say children and people with respiratory illnesses should not be forced to smoke cannabis. Products like candies, lotions, and oils can produce unique benefits and some don’t produce a “high” effect, according to patients and caregivers.</p><p>Richardville chairs the Senate Government Operations Committee, where the bills sit now. He expects to move the bills to the Senate floor over the summer. He says a vote in the full state Senate could come as early as September.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:48:32 +0000 Jake Neher 18010 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate leader says he’s on board with medical marijuana bills Some aspects of the marijuana issue deserve more thought http://michiganradio.org/post/some-aspects-marijuana-issue-deserve-more-thought <p></p><p>Over the years, people have asked me why I haven’t taken a position on the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana. One man told me it was my patriotic duty as a baby boomer to do so.</p><p>I should have told him that all my patriotic fervor was invested in making sure that the music of Bob Seger and Mitch Ryder would never be forgotten. But unfortunately, I wasn’t quick enough.</p><p>But I do feel that there are a couple aspects of the marijuana issue that deserve more thought. Personally, I don’t have any particular feeling about it one way or another.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:29:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17930 at http://michiganradio.org Some aspects of the marijuana issue deserve more thought Michigan could be the first state to test for driving while under the influence of marijuana http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-could-be-first-state-test-driving-while-under-influence-marijuana <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A package of bills before state lawmakers could make Michigan the very first state to adopt a roadside test that would tell police whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana.</span></p><p>Current law allows police to test the blood, breath and urine of drivers pulled over for erratic driving. The proposed legislation now being debated would add a roadside saliva test that could tell police if a driver is impaired by pot.</p><p>Cynthia Canty spoke with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Representative Dan </span>Lauwers, R-Brockway Twp., who&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">sponsored the legislation.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:42:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 17515 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan could be the first state to test for driving while under the influence of marijuana 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 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 Michigan still hasn't figured out how to get marijuana into the hands of registered patients http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-still-hasnt-figured-out-how-get-marijuana-hands-registered-patients <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Medical marijuana is legal in Michigan. Voters overwhelmingly said "yes" to that in 2008.</span></p><p>But more than five years later, our state still hasn't figured out how best to get the cannabis into the hands of the more than 100,000 people who are registered as medical marijuana users.</p><p>In Mid-December, two bills were passed by the State House that made it easier for patients to buy medicinal cannabis. House Bill 5104 would permit manufacture and sale of non-smoking forms of medical marijuana – capsules, oil, brownies – which would help patients who have a hard time smoking the weed. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:22:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 16378 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan still hasn't figured out how to get marijuana into the hands of registered patients 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 Flint city councilman jailed on drunken driving, drug charges http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-councilman-jailed-drunken-driving-drug-charges <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A Flint city councilman is being held in the city lockup on suspicion of drunken driving and drug possession.<br /><br />Police Chief James Tolbert tells The Flint Journal that Eric Bradford Mays was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana.<br /><br />Mays was arrested about 2:50 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 475 by police investigating a traffic accident. Police say Mays was trying to change a flat when officers arrived.<br /> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 00:07:12 +0000 The Associated Press 15492 at http://michiganradio.org Flint city councilman jailed on drunken driving, drug charges 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 In this morning's headlines: 1,300 signed up for Obamacare, Court of Claims, pot in pharmacies http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-1300-signed-obamacare-court-claims-pot-pharmacies <p><strong>1,300 Michiganders signed up for Obamacare in the first month of online exchange </strong></p><p>"Health officials released a report yesterday showing that only about 1,300 Michigan residents managed to sign up for coverage through the troubled federally-run state health care exchange in its first month of operation," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Michigan Supreme Court names Court of Claims judges </strong></p><p>"The Michigan Supreme Court has moved quickly to name judges to serve on a revamped Court of Claims to hear major lawsuits filed against the state. A new law moves the Court of Claims from the Ingham County Circuit and makes it part of the Michigan Court of Appeals. The state Supreme Court tapped two judges originally appointed by a Republican governor and two appointed by a Democrat to serve on the new Court of Claims," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-names-court-claims-judges">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Senate approves bill for pot sales at pharmacies </strong></p><p>"The state Senate has approved a bill that could clear the way for pharmacies to sell medical marijuana in Michigan. That’s if the federal government decides to regulate cannabis as a prescription drug," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/plan-sell-medical-marijuana-pharmacies-clears-state-senate">reports. </a></p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:14:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15279 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: 1,300 signed up for Obamacare, Court of Claims, pot in pharmacies Stateside for Monday, November 11th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-november-11th-2013 <div><p>Driverless cars might just be a futurist's dream-no longer. The University of Michigan has announced its plans to bring a fleet of networked, driverless cars to Ann Arbor by the year 2021. We have the details on today's show.</p><p>And the temperatures are falling and parts of Michigan have snow on the ground. We asked if winter has already arrived.</p><p>Also, the Farm Bill passed last January took an important subsidy away from organic farmers.&nbsp;What does the loss of this subsidy mean to organic farmers in Michigan? And does a farm have to go through the trouble and expense of getting certified to be organic?</p><p>First on the show, it's been less than a week since voters in three very different Michigan cities all approved ballot initiatives allowing small amounts of marijuana for personal use on private property.</p><p>And that has pro-marijuana advocates hoping those votes will boost pressure on state lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize pot.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing correspondent Jake&nbsp;Neher&nbsp;joined us today to give an overview of what efforts are underway.</p></div><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:20:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 15226 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, November 11th, 2013 What does the future look like for marijuana use in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-does-future-look-marijuana-use-michigan <p>It's been less than a week since voters in three very different Michigan cities all approved ballot initiatives allowing small amounts of marijuana for personal use on private property.</p><p>And that has pro-marijuana advocates hoping those votes will boost pressure on state lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize pot.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing correspondent Jake Neher joined us today to give an overview of what efforts are underway.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:46:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 15222 at http://michiganradio.org What does the future look like for marijuana use in Michigan? Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-november-6th-2013 <p>On today's show, we took a look at key election results from around the state, from marijuana to gay rights. How did you vote?&nbsp; And what's the take away from Election 2013?</p><p>Then, we spoke with Michigan singer-songwriter Stewart Franke as he takes us inside his battle with leukemia.</p><p>And, we talked Michigan beer. A new film looks at the craft beer scene in our state.</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t has been quite a journey for a candidate who got booted off the primary ballot, was going to fold his tent and walk away, then was urged to mount a write-in campaign, swept the primary and today, is the new Mayor-Elect of Detroit.</span></p><p>Mike Duggan has become Detroit's first white mayor in 40 years, beating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek has covered the Duggan campaign and was at the victory party last night. She joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15168 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 Jack Lessenberry on the Election Day 2013 results http://michiganradio.org/post/jack-lessenberry-election-day-2013-results <p>Former medical center chief Mike Duggan will be the next mayor of financially troubled Detroit, beating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon 55% to 45%. Duggan will be Detroit's first white mayor since Coleman Young was elected in 1973 as the city's first black mayor.</p><p>So, we heard from Mike Duggan and results from around the state, we looked today for some perspective on what these results mean for Michigan.</p><p>Jack Lessenberry - Michigan Radio's Political Analyst - joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:55:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 15164 at http://michiganradio.org Jack Lessenberry on the Election Day 2013 results Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody talks about votes to decriminalize marijuana http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radios-steve-carmody-talks-about-votes-decriminalize-marijuana <p>Marijuana was on the ballot on Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale, and voters in all three cities said "yes" to decriminalizing pot.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody joined us today to talk about the impact of this vote.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:38:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 15163 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody talks about votes to decriminalize marijuana Lessenberry discusses election highlights http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-discusses-election-highlights <p>This <strong><em>Week in Michigan Politics</em> </strong>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss some of the highlights from Tuesday's election, including <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/mike-duggan-detroits-next-mayor">the Detroit mayoral race</a>, elections on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-voters-uphold-lgbt-ordinance">LGBT issues</a>, and proposals to<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-three-more-michigan-cities-pass-marijuana-decriminalization-proposals"> decriminalize marijuana</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:36:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15158 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry discusses election highlights Voters in three more Michigan cities pass marijuana decriminalization proposals http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-three-more-michigan-cities-pass-marijuana-decriminalization-proposals <p>Voters in three more Michigan cities approved ballot questions today decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.</p><p>Ballot proposals in Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale each passed with more than 60% of the vote.</p><p>“This is an historic night ... a landslide by all considerations,” says Jeff Hank, who headed Lansing’s pro-marijuana campaign. “It sends a message not only to our local politicians, but politicians at the state level that it’s time to do something.”</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:21:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 15152 at http://michiganradio.org Voters in three more Michigan cities pass marijuana decriminalization proposals The big races and proposals this Election Day http://michiganradio.org/post/big-races-and-proposals-election-day <p><strong>Detroit could have its first white mayor in 40 years</strong></p><p>"A former write-in candidate once thought to have little chance of surviving Detroit's primary election is favored to become the city's first white mayor in 40 years. Former health care executive Mike Duggan is leading the polls over Wayne County sheriff Benny Napoleon," the Associated Press reports</p><p><strong>Three cities vote on easing marijuana laws</strong></p><p>"Voters in three Michigan cities have a chance to give some legal protection to users of small amounts of marijuana. Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing would ignore possession of an ounce or less of marijuana on private property. People must be at least 21 years old," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Cities of Saugatuck and Douglas could merge </strong></p><p>Voters in the two west Michgian cities could vote to turn Saugatuck and Douglas into one town.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:08:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15131 at http://michiganradio.org The big races and proposals this Election Day