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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:48 AM

Ignoring voters' wishes, Michigan cities challenging marijuana reform

Source: Detroit Free Press

Ignoring voters' wishes, Michigan cities challenging marijuana reform
January 8, 2013
By Bill Laitner
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

Political organizers behind easing laws against marijuana use have been quietly cheering since November.

That's when voters in Detroit and four other Michigan cities -- as well as residents of Colorado and Washington state -- passed referendums to reduce penalties for possession of the drug and, in a few cases, make it easier to obtain or grow.

Activists like Tom LaVigne of Grosse Pointe Park and Matt Abel of Detroit, partners in a Detroit law firm, have been relishing last fall's election victories in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Ypsilanti. / JARRAD HENDERSON/Detroit Free Press
Political organizers behind easing laws against marijuana use have been quietly cheering since November.

That's when voters in Detroit and four other Michigan cities -- as well as residents of Colorado and Washington state -- passed referendums to reduce penalties for possession of the drug and, in a few cases, make it easier to obtain or grow.

Since then, activists for the change like Matt Abel of Detroit and Tom LaVigne of Grosse Pointe Park, partners in a Detroit law firm, have been relishing last fall's election victories in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Ypsilanti. Now, the two are eyeing fresh political efforts for Mt. Clemens, Jackson, Lansing, Traverse City and more.

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"The man is not going down easy," Abel, 53, said Monday, with a laugh -- a slang reference to the war on drugs and specifically to Michigan, where some political leaders and law-enforcement authorities find the voter-passed initiatives impossible to accept.




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Let's all hear it for the drug forfeiture laws, the juiciest lure of all time for America's Drug War warriors.

Michigan's Teabagger government will tell you that it represents the public, but only when they agree with the voters' orders.

Welcome to the new state of Michissippi.

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:21 AM

1. There is lot of good going on in Detroit, Flint etc. rust belt

 

Especially the community garden movement which feeds people with cheap or free local organic food, greens the city, strengthens communities etc. It has not happened with the initiative of hierarchic authorities, but rather despite their obstruction. And it should surprise no one that many active in building and maintaining community gardens are also marijuana users.

Autonomous strong communities that can produce and distribute their own food and other necessities locally by themselves have little need of politicians and bureaucrats at the top of power hierarchy. The parasite class.

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