marijuana http://michiganradio.org en 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 A politico's guide to what to look for in next week's elections http://michiganradio.org/post/politicos-guide-what-look-next-weeks-elections <p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Local elections across Michigan are coming Tuesday. And, there are also some interesting races across the country. The results of which politicos and prognosticators will be mining for hints, tips, and adumbrations (<em>yes, we really just did use the word “adumbrations”</em>) of what Election 2014 may have in store.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Elections in 2013, like in 2014, will be in the off-presidential cycle, with similar dynamics in play. Here in Michigan, we’ll have big statewide races next year for governor and U.S. Senator, and two or three congressional races that could be hot. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">So, for us, 2013 is a kind of scouting report, a chance to look for any developing trends. Similar to January 2010 when Republican Scott Brown’s Senate victory in super-blue Massachusetts was a preview of the November 2010 national GOP blow-out. Brown’s win was seen as an early indicator of the election to come.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This Tuesday we’ll be watching for anything that defies expectations. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Republican Chris Christie is expected to win reelection in New Jersey and Democrat Terry McAuliffe is expected to win in Virginia; a state that was once reliably conservative but has become purple as its demographics change. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">We’ll be watching for both an upset and the margins of victory.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">If it’s a blowout, Republican leaders in Michigan will use that as evidence to argue for a more centrist approach to campaigning in 2014: Be conservative, but appeal to the middle. That could make a difference not just in primaries next year, but also the Republican nominating convention - where Tea Partiers have been pretty dominant lately.</span> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:40:58 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 15091 at http://michiganradio.org A politico's guide to what to look for in next week's elections Three Michigan cities will vote on marijuana decriminalization ballot questions next week http://michiganradio.org/post/three-michigan-cities-will-vote-marijuana-decriminalization-ballot-questions-next-week <p>On Tuesday, voters in <a href="http://www.dailytribune.com/government-and-politics/20131030/ferndale-expects-large-voter-turnout-on-mayors-race-marijuana-proposal">Jackson</a>, <a href="http://www.dailytribune.com/government-and-politics/20131030/ferndale-expects-large-voter-turnout-on-mayors-race-marijuana-proposal">Ferndale</a> and <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20131026/OPINION01/310260005/Editorial-Marijuana-vote-mostly-symbolic">Lansing</a> will decide if they want their police departments to focus less on busting people for small amounts of marijuana.</p><p>The results should tell us something about whether Michigan is <a href="https://today.yougov.com/news/2013/10/21/poll-results-marijuana/">getting more comfortable with pot.&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/10/22/239847084/public-support-for-marijuana-legalization-hits-record-high">&nbsp;</a></p><p>In Jackson, <a href="http://norml.org/mi/item/jackson-county-mi-norml">Steve Sharpe </a>says volunteers have been handing out fliers and signs, talking with prospective voters and encouraging supporters to get out and vote. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>He admits he’s been waiting for <a href="http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana">opposition </a>that so far hasn’t appeared.</p><p>“No one’s come to me and complained about this,” says Sharpe, who adds when he’s asked if he’s surprised by the lack of a sizable opposition, “I am totally surprised.”</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15069 at http://michiganradio.org Three Michigan cities will vote on marijuana decriminalization ballot questions next week Pot for potholes? GOP state lawmaker wants legal marijuana to pay for roads http://michiganradio.org/post/pot-potholes-gop-state-lawmaker-wants-legal-marijuana-pay-roads <p>There’s a new idea floating around the state Capitol about how to boost funding for roads. Supporters call the plan “pot for potholes.”</p><p>Lawmakers like state Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville) would like to see the state legalize and tax marijuana and use that money to pay for road repairs.</p><p>“You can tax the heck out of marijuana,” Callton says, “put it into a separate fund for Michigan roads - because it doesn’t seem like that money is going to come from anywhere else at this point in time - and it’s a cute name, ‘pot for potholes.’”</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:20:48 +0000 Jake Neher 14506 at http://michiganradio.org Pot for potholes? GOP state lawmaker wants legal marijuana to pay for roads 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 Seeing more $2 bills lately? Could be because of a campaign by marijuana advocates http://michiganradio.org/post/seeing-more-2-bills-lately-could-be-because-campaign-marijuana-advocates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Last Wednesday, medical marijuana groups started a campaign that they hope will shed light on the economic impact of the marijuana industry.</p><p>They want supporters of medical marijuana and cannabis legalization to spend at least one $2 for every cash purchase.</p><p>Organizers hope that placing more $2 bills in circulation will show the economic impact of medical marijuana.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:31:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13532 at http://michiganradio.org Seeing more $2 bills lately? Could be because of a campaign by marijuana advocates