To the Polls in Kalamazoo

HMJ believes the end is in sight for cannabis prohibition, followed by the re-legalization of the cannabis plant and the re-integration of the hemp plant back into society.  Just what form that change will take — and what it will be called; probably not legalized — is not so clear.  But what seems to be crystal clear is that the change already happening is real. It is the kind of change which will last.  That bold claim rests on this fact — the change we already see has come from the bottom up; it is not something sought or desired by the new-boss-same-as-the-old-boss in Washington.
Individual “communities” tell the federal government their policy towards cannabis is wrong. People want to address the situation with new ideas. The old ideas have failed. But the Emperor Wears No Clothes and will not listen. So the push back eventually comes. In small ways that have enormous impact — things like making cannabis enforcement the lowest local police priority — a town here and a city there changes things on the ground. That grass roots change goes unnoticed by the Emperor until so much has changed a tipping point is reached. And the Emperor is alone. Here’s another example of that:

KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo voters will decide in November whether to allow three medical marijuana dispensaries to locate in the city. City Attorney Clyde Robinson said a measure filed last August by the Kalamazoo Coalition for Compassionate Care will go before voters in November. Voters will see this proposal on the November ballot: “Shall the Kalamazoo City Charter be amended such that three (3) medical cannabis dispensaries are permitted within the city limits?”

Robinson has expressed his concern over the proposal. In a letter, the city attorney outlined six points of concern about the proposal, most having to do with its language, and said he considered the proposed charter amendment called for in the petition to be unlawful and unconstitutional. “Simply put, the proposed charter language violates existing federal law which outlaws marijuana/cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance and violates the provisions of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and Michigan Public Health Code regarding the sale, possession, transfer, use, or cultivation of marijuana,” he wrote.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan Attorney General Chief Legal Counsel Richard Bandstra replied to Robinson in letters earlier this year, agreeing with his positions. Even so, they can’t legally decline to place the measure on this November’s ballot. Robinson said even though the proposal may be unlawful, the local proposal has to go to local voters. “The legal requirements of getting on the ballot were satisfied,” Robinson said.
Small changes and real people pushing back. Original story is here.

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Author: DavidB

a heathen, but hopefully not an unenlightened one

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