Going to Pot: Medicinal Marijuana
Michigan's law boosts marijuana's legitimacy: (5/26/13) Largely independent of government inspection, medical-marijuana growers such as John Evans are part of an industry that’s emerging from the underground and entering the mainstream. The marijuana trade is blossoming throughout Michigan, Ohio, and the Midwest through legal and illegal operations. The cultivation of highly potent marijuana, shifting black-market demands, and a growing acceptance of the drug all play a part in its entry into the limelight.
Editorial: Straight dope: (5/26/13) Now that voters in Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana in their states, it’s a matter of time before the issue reaches Ohio. If our state is not prepared to take that big a leap all at once, it still ought to look favorably at joining the 18 states — including Michigan — that authorize the growth, sale, and use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Legal questions cloud medical marijuana use: (5/27/13) Access remains a lightning rod of legal, legislative, and social debate in Michigan, where medical marijuana is legal, and in Ohio, where activists plan to put a constitutional amendment to legalize medical cannabis on the November, 2014, ballot. Michigan voters approved medical marijuana in November, 2008, with 63 percent in favor and 37 percent dissenting. That fact is where much of the clarity ends on the ballot measure turned law. Police and prosecutors aren’t quite sure how to enforce some aspects of the law. Further definition has been provided by Michigan’s courts and legislature on marijuana dispensaries, transportation of the drug, and what constitutes a doctor/patient relationship. But pervasive questions linger.
Ohio backers optimistic on medical marijuana: (5/27/13) Backers of the third attempt in less than two years to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio insist the latest effort will take root as it did in Michigan. The Ohio Rights Group just cleared two hurdles to get petition circulators out. Both Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Ballot Board have signed off on language that would be shown to potential petition signers. But its two predecessors reached that point too, in late 2011 and early 2012, only to watch momentum then evaporate.
Blade Briefing: Kris Turner discusses the medical marijuana articles: (5/24/13)