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Marijuana, Day 1: Medical marijuana in Michigan boosts legitimacy

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Marijuana users smoke openly during this year's "Hash Bash" in Ann Arbor. With a recent Pew Research Center study indicating 52 percent of people favor marijuana legalization, Michigan-based supporters say they feel complete marijuana legalization in inevitable.

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An SKS assault rife confiscated by Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers from 3034 S. Byrne Road in South Toledo sits on the trunk of police vehicle. Police valued the confiscated materials, including up to 65 hydroponic marijuana plants, seven pounds of processed marijuana and a Dodge Charger at an estimated $115,800.

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Sgt. Joe Heffernan carries a tote bins of marijuana, related paraphernalia and growing equipment out of 3034 S. Byrne Road in South Toledo on April, 12.

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Sgt. Joe Heffernan displays a tote bins of marijuana, related paraphernalia and a SKS assault rifle seized from a house at 3034 S. Byrne Road in South Toledo.

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Undercover officer hoist tote bins and coolers full of marijuana, paraphernalia and related growing equipment out of 3034 S. Byrne Road in South Toledo.

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Marijuana confiscated by Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers from a house at 3034 S. Byrne Road in South Toledo.

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Adam Michilak, left, and Joshua Bennett, right, are led out a South Toledo home by police after Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers raided the house.

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A Toledo Police officer takes Adam Michilak into custody after Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers raided 3034 S. Byrne Road in South Toledo on April, 12.

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Stacy Saville, center, stands in municipal court for a preliminary hearing on Friday, May 3, 2013. The home Saville was living at in South Toledo was raided by police, who turned up an estimated $115,800 in evidence of an expensive marijuana grow operation.

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Joshua Bennett, center, stands in municipal court for a preliminary hearing.

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John Evans sells bags of medical marijuana to a dispensary employee in Ann Arbor, Mich. A proponent and user of medical marijuana, Evans moved to Michigan in 2010 to become a registered care giver, the term used for a legal grower of medical marijuana who supplies a registered patient.

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Bags of medical marijuana sold by John Evans sit on the desk of a dispensary employee in Ann Arbor, Mich. Evans nets about $20,000 a year selling his overage to dispensaries.

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John Evans walks into an unmarked medical marijuana dispensary in Ann Arbor, Mich. Though legal at the state level, many of the people and organizations who deal regularly with medical marijuana don't feel comfortable openly using or selling.

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Drying medical marijuana hangs in a spare closet inside John Evans's home near Ann Arbor, Mich. Evans currently has 12 plants which he grows and harvests from on a rotating basis.

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John Evans peers into a makeshift room containing his growing marijuana plants.

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John Evans pulls back the plastic sealing off one of his medical marijuana growing rooms in the basement of his home near Ann Arbor, Mich. Evans grows marijuana with almost no THC. Instead, his contains more CBD, a chemical compound that has been shown to relieve pain and curb seizures and convulsions. Evans can net up to $20,000 a year for his medical marijuana supply.

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Literature on medical marijuana sits on a table at John Evans' home near Ann Arbor, Mich. Evans used his connections as a former manufacturing manager to purchase specific LED lights to enhance his growing marijuana.

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John Evans works with his dried marijuana as he processes the plants for consumption in his living room.

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Medical marijuana activist Tim Beck stands in his home in Detroit on April 30, 2013. Beck has been working to legalize marijuana in the state of Michigan for more than a decade, and has been a major force behind the passage of the state's medical marijuana legislation.

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