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Oct 01 2018

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Michigan Ballot PROPOSALS – Vote NO on 1

First in a Series of Election 2018 Ballot Proposals

 

 

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Prop 1 and Why You Should Vote NO
#NoMIProp1  #MITCOT #MIElections

 

INITIATION OF LEGISLATION  the law if the proposal is passed

Official Ballot Wording Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Proposal 18-1

A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers

This proposal would:

Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles,and growup to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.
Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces be secured in locked containers.
Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.
Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10% tax,dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials,schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.
Change several current violations from crimes to civil infractions.

I would like to preface this article with my own personal experience
I think it also important to note in regards to this article is that I, the author has personal experience with marijuana Yes. When I was in a stage of my young life I refer to as a “hippy dippy” I smoked marijuana, weed, pot, mary jane.

I also ingested it. Therefor, I have first hand knowledge of the affects not only personally but of those around me at the time. And I can say, it was mind alternating, producing a false state of reality. It made me lethargic, passive, unambitious. It was addicting.
For many the effect of weed simply became not enough, other forms of “getting high” were sought out and used. Many, many people I knew in that era went on to hallucinogenics, cocaine and heroin as it was part of a culture of “getting high.”
However, pot today is much stronger (delta-9-THC) then back in the day when I was using.

So the question we should be asking is not Whether or not to legalize pot but; How will growing use of delta-9-THC affect individuals and communities in Michigan if this proposal passes?

1. Marijuana is illegal under federal law

Screen Shot 2018-10-02 at 10.58.48 AM2. This proposal has NOTHING to do with medical marijuana which is already legal in Michigan
MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT

3. The language you see on the ballot is NOT the law that will be passed. The language on the ballot has been reduced down from four pages to hundred words.
The four pages is the Initiation of Legislation or the law if passed

4. The path to get a proposal on the ballot is two fold, money and signatures

5. Most signature gathers are paid to collect signatures. Their pay is determined by how many signatures they collect. It is highly likely that inaccurate and certainly incomplete information was given by signature gathers in an effort to gather as many signatures as possible

6. The group behind getting the proposal on the ballot “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” are not Michiganders. It is an out of state Washington DC organization
2370 CHAMPLAIN ST NW STE 12
WASHINGTON, DC 20009
Treasurer: MATTHEW SCHWEICH
2370 CHAMPLAIN ST NW STE 12
WASHINGTON, DC 20009
(202) 905-2018

98% funded by entirely funded by out of state PACS in an attempt to change Michigan policy

 

Who benefits from recreational marijuana? Big addictive industries

“Marijuana abuse may never become a serious problem among educated, financially secure people with strong networks of personal support. The story is likely to be different in regions that are economically depressed and culturally desiccated. Of course, these are also places where people are already insecure, ill-equipped to cope with another catastrophe.

Legalization could have a big impact in those areas, because availability really matters to indigent populations. The opioid crisis was partly driven by Mexican heroin dealers who set up shop in mid-major towns, perfecting their delivery system until it was effectively a black-market Amazon. Another major factor was the “pill mills” (sham clinics that effectively functioned as recreational opioid dispensaries), which flooded America’s most depressed towns with addictive drugs. Both testify to the significance of efficient distribution as the harbinger of widespread addiction. When marijuana is legal, we can be confident that cannabis companies will find their target demographics.”
“Why America will regret legalizing marijuana”

 

THE LAW if the PROPOSAL PASSES

Aggressively advance an agenda without easy citizen regulation.

If the initiative passes on November 6, every Michigan community – whether their members want it or not – will be open for marijuana business as of January 2019. Towns will be forced to allow recreational marijuana businesses until they choose to opt-out.

Every community means – every municipality or township in Michigan.Business refers to commercial growing and retail shops. To opt-out or limit the number of recreational marijuana businesses in your community, an individual in the community must petition to initiate an ordinance to opt out of the law, after it goes into effect. Said individual must gather 5% of voter signatures from the last governor election, and create a ballot proposal for a regularly held election (cannot be a special election), and get enough community support to pass the initiative at the next election. Healthy and Productive Michigan

Sec. 6
1. Except as provided in section 4, a municipality may completely prohibit or limit the number
of marijuana establishments within its boundaries. Individuals may petition to initiate an ordinance to provide for the number of marijuana establishments allowed within a municipality or to completely prohibit marijuana establishments within a municipality,and such ordinance shall be submitted to the electors of the municipality at the next regular election when a petition is signed by qualified electors in the municipality in a number greater than 5% of the votes cast for governor by qualified electors in the municipality at the last gubernatorial election.

Allow the highest per person marijuana possession limit of any state in the nation.

pot,weedSec. 5
1. 21 years of age or older to possess, use, transport, or process 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana or 15 grams of marijuana concentrate. Individuals would be allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants, as long as the plants are not visible from a public place, and store up to 10 ounces of marijuana from the plants in locked containers in their residences for personal use. Individuals would be allowed to share or transfer without payment up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana to other persons 21 years of age or older.

Opinions of course can vary however 2.5 ozs of weed is anywhere from 20 (huge joints) to 40 joint per ounce. 10 ounces therefore would be 10 times that amount
You probably noticed that the conditions are age 21.

The proposal(bill) does not authorize under 21 usage but certainly does not “limit it”. There is absolutely no way that anyone can guarantee with that with the proliferation of pot that it will not fall into the hands of minors. NONE

Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 7.17.42 PMIn fact Colorado has now ranks #1 in marijuana use by minors “Lessons Learned After Fours Years of Marijuana Legalization

So what is the effect of strong delta-9-THC on those under 21?

From a neuroscientist ;

“heavy-smoking teens show evidence of reduced activity in brain circuits 

“60 percent less likely to graduate from high school, and are at substantially increased risk for heroin addiction and alcoholism. They show alterations in cortical structures associated with impulsivity and negative moods; they’re seven times more likely to attempt suicide.

kid smoking pot“Recent data is even more alarming: The offspring of partying adolescents, specifically those who used THC, may be at increased risk for mental illness and addiction as a result of changes to the epigenome — even if those children are years away from being conceived. The epigenome is a record of molecular imprints of potent experiences, including cannabis exposure, that lead to persistent changes in gene expression and behavior, even across generations. Though the critical studies are only now beginning, many neuroscientists prophesize a social version of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” in which we learn we’ve burdened our heirs only generations hence.” “Pot Holes”

“Although increasing legalization of marijuana has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless, research documents the risks of its use by youth are grave. Marijuana is addicting, has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, ...”Marijuana Use: Detrimental to Youth” American College of Pediatricians – April 2017

Adults Also: “Marijuana is one of the most popular drugs on the market today. While it may have the impression of being a harmless, fun substance, it is still a drug that changes what goes on in the mind, sometimes with significant consequences. The long-term effects on the brain and body make marijuana a dangerous drug to a lot of people, leading to negative outcomes that don’t show until years later. “Dangers of Marijuana: Long-Term Effects on the Brain and Body”

Undermines Parental Controls:

Sec. 5
3. A person shall not be denied custody of or visitation with a minor for conduct that is permitted by this act,…
In other words a parent concerned about the use of weed by another parent (medical reasons, second-hand smoke, religious reasons, other adults consuming pot near your child, safety concerns) will not be considered by the court.

Effects on Public Safety:

Colorado passed Recreational Marijuana Bill in 2012
The Colorado Department of Public Safety, provides some early statistics related to the effects of marijuana legalization on public safety and public health. Reported marijuana usage has increased significantly in the state, with the percentage of 18 to 25 year olds reporting usage over the past month increasing from 21 percent in 2006 to 31 percent in 2014. Similarly, reported usage among adults over 25 has risen from 5 percent in 2006 to 12 percent in 2014. Hospitalizations related to marijuana also rose sharply from 803 per 100,000 hospitalization on average between 2001 and 2009 to 2,413 per 100,000 between 2014 and mid-2015. In addition, calls to poison control mentioning marijuana have increased between 2006 and 2015.
Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice. “Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: Early Findings.”

Of the crimes reported with a connection to marijuana in 2017, 54 percent were burglaries and 74 percent were industry-related.x
Traffic fatalities with THC-only or THC-in-combination positive drivers rose from 55 in 2013 to 79 in 2014.
Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice. “Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: Early Findings.

Effect on Employment:

Employers can still require a drug test,which may make finding employees difficult which is exactly what has happened in Colorado. And employees can be fired.

Sec. 4
3. This act does not require an employer to permit or accommodate conduct otherwise allowed by this act in any workplace or on the employer’s property. This act does not prohibit an employer from disciplining an employee for violation of a workplace drug policy or for working while under the influence of marijuana. This act does not prevent an employer from refusing to hire, discharging, disciplining, or otherwise taking an adverse employment action against a person with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of that person’s violation of a workplace drug policy or because that person was working while under the influence of marijuana.

“Marijuana legalization also involves significant downsides to existing businesses. As marijuana use has increased in states that have legalized its use, so has use by employees, both on and off the job. Large businesses in Colorado now state that after legalization they have had to hire out-of-state residents in order to find employees that can pass a pre-employment drug screen.
The CEO of large Colorado construction company GE Johnson has said that “his company has encountered so many job candidates who have failed pre-employment drug tests because of their THC use that it is actively recruiting construction workers from other states.”

And the owner of Colorado Springs construction company Avalanche Roofing & Exteriors told The New York Times that in Colorado, “to find a roofer or a painter that can pass a drug test is unheard-of.” “Lessons Learned After Four Years of Marijuana”

 

This Proposal does NOT decriminalization without government interference
It GIVES the government the authority to regulate and tax. It also removes local control. So a vote for Prop 1 is a vote for government regulation and taxes and lack of local control.

Sec. 6
1. Except as provided in section 4, a municipality may completely prohibit or limit the number
of marijuana establishments within its boundaries. Individuals may petition to initiate an ordinance to provide for the number of marijuana establishments allowed within a municipality or to completely prohibit marijuana establishments within a municipality,and such ordinance shall be submitted to the electors of the municipality at the next regular election when a petition is signed by qualified electors in the municipality in a number greater than 5% of the votes cast for governor by qualified electors in the municipality at the last gubernatorial election.

Sec. 9
(5) All state licenses are effective for 1 year, unless the department issues the state license for a longer term. A state license is renewed upon receipt of a complete renewal application and a renewal fee from any marihuana establishment in good standing

Sec. 1
3 1.In addition to all other taxes, an excise tax is imposed on each marijuana retailer and on each marijuana microbusiness at the rate of 10% of the sales price for marijuana sold or otherwise transferred to anyone other than a marihuana establishment
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2.Except as otherwise provided by a rule promulgated by the department of treasury, a product subject to the tax imposed by this section may not be bundled in a single transaction with a product or service that is not subject to the tax imposed by this section.
3.The department of treasury shall administer the taxes imposed under this act and may promulgate rules pursuant to the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.201 to MCL 24.328 that prescribe a method and manner for payment of the tax to ensure proper tax collection under this act

 

Does NOT stop drug gang trafficking

“If you combine the legalization of marijuana and you combine that there are no regulations for the legalization of marijuana outside Colorado, it becomes an attractive criminal enterprises,” said Jorge Duque with the Colorado Department of Law.

Duque said cartels are now trading drugs like heroin for marijuana, and the trade has since opened the door to drug and human trafficking….”

Mexican drug cartels are taking full advantage of Colorado’s marijuana laws

Rise in pot related crime

Colorado governor won’t rule out banning marijuana again. Here’s why”It’s not a causal thing,” he said, arguing instead that legal weed is attracting a growing seasonal transient population — a population that he said is more likely to commit crime. “Every third inmate in the [Larimer County] jail is a transient and you go by and ask them, and they’ll tell you, we came here because of marijuana.”

Screen Shot 2018-10-05 at 2.16.37 PMDid marijuana bring a killer to town?
Smith’s frustration reached a boiling point last summer when the body of 23-year-old Helena Hoffmann was pulled out of a lake in Fort Collins. Police said she had been raped and murdered walking home from an overnight shift at a nearby McDonald’s. The man convicted in the case, Jeffrey Etheridge, is just the kind of person Smith is warning against.
Etheridge is a registered sex offender from Kentucky. From jail, he told CNN that he moved to Colorado in 2017 with his then-girlfriend because her brother worked at a marijuana dispensary. At the time of his arrest he was a transient, living out of his car in the park where Hoffmann’s body was found. Etheridge pleaded guilty but now says he is innocent.Colorado governor won’t rule out banning marijuana again. Here’s why

Increases Law Enforcement’s Job..

This will make it difficult for police to prove a driver is under the influence of marijuana.
This will affect enforcement and potentially accident liability and insurance rates.
The PER/SE (BAC of.. .08+) criterion for driving under the influence of alcohol will not apply

Landlords

Landlords will need to include vaping and ingesting (and to be safe smoking) in their lease agreements if they wish to avoid pot use by tenants

Sec. 4

4…except that a lease agreement may not prohibit a tenant from lawfully possessing and consuming marijuana other than smoking.

And even Pets

Marijuana Toxicity in Pets

Golden Puppy

 

With its legalization in various states across the United States, marijuana is becoming very common in households for medicinal purposes. In fact, over the past 6 years, Pet Poison Helpline has experienced a 448% increase in marijuana cases. Here’s what you should know about marijuana ingestion in pets….

 

 

 

But what about the benefits of increased employment and state revenue?

Lets once again look to Colorado
As the first state to open recreational marijuana retail stores, Colorado provides a case study to examine the potential economic effects from legalization. Direct employment in the marijuana sector has risen robustly since the passage of Amendment 64, contributing about 5.4 percent of all employment growth in Colorado since January 2014.xxx Despite these solid gains, employment in the sector makes up just 0.7 percent of total employment in the state.

Similar to employment, tax collections from marijuana have also increased sharply in recent years, and are equal to about 2 percent of general fund revenues in the state. Although legalization has contributed to employment growth and tax revenues in the state, it is important to weigh those benefits against the potential costs to public safety and health outcomes. “The Economic Effects of the Marijuana Industry in Colorado”

In conclusion in Michigan we have the advantage in our decision making process of looking to others states particularity Colorado as a state who legalized recreational marijuana in 2012. We have an examples of how the legalization of recreational marijuana has affected their communities. Looking at all the facts and data we believe that the growing use of delta-9-THC a mind altering drug will adversely affect Michigan communities. Vote NO on Proposal 18-1

More Questions? Please visit Healthy and Productive Michigan

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  1. Jim McKindles

    While I agree partially with a no vote because of the outrageous tax implications I plan to register my yes vote.
    Mostly because I see the cops and the courts pocketing a ton of money not only using the misnamed civil asset forfeiture laws but also destroying young Peoples lives with arrest records, excessive costs for court, attorneys and fines.
    I find it rather arrogant that anyone would want to use government force for such a frivolous (crime?).
    Your story as to how maryjane affects you does not mean that other individuals have the same experiences. I find it to cause me to be more creative, drives my ambition and to take the time for perfection.
    Remember prohibition in the 20′s? A no vote will motivate our rulers to continue their unconstitutional actions while a yes will keep many out of prison.
    I would concentrate on defeating Prop 2 and 3 which will affect our Liberty as much as Prop 1.

    1. Joan

      As the owner of the site I allow comments. I am allowing yours to show how a person ignores factual evidence of the affect on communities because they simply want to. But not just that, how someone manages to justify their abhorrence with government taxes, lack of local control yet vote for taxes at the same time.
      However, there is one thing you are right about, taxes, if this does pass watch them continue to rise.

      1. Jonathan Galt

        I have my medical card and use edibles to help sleep. My feeling towards the issue is that it should be kept medical for the time being. Also the main issue that pisses me off about the medical cannabis is that I am deemed to be committing a illegal action in eyes of the Federal Government. So now I can’t even own a firearm or legally purchase a bullet. While having the right for medical cannabis card in the State of Michigan I have no 2nd Amendment rights. While other people can drink at the bar legally or be prescription pain killers and still own a firearm at home. Our state created a law that took away our constitutional rights and recreational will strip away others. I don’t like this aspect of it. Sorry just ranting, very early this morning. Need more coffee. Apologize for the grammar.

        1. Joan

          The government of Michigan did not create the law,it was voted on by Michigan voters

        2. Joan

          It took a Constitutional Amendment yet states still exercised their rights.

          In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition. After the repeal of the 18th Amendment, some states continued Prohibition by maintaining statewide temperance laws. Mississippi, the last dry state in the Union, ended Prohibition in 1966.

  2. Jim McKindles

    I can only assume you love the drug war.
    Show me where in either the US or MI Constitutions do you see any jurisdiction for your conclusions?
    I am an individual that will drive many miles to court cases in order to show support when a defendant demands a jury trial. The government has zero authority over marijuana use per the law of the land. Most all marijuana laws enacted are unconstitutional when strictly interpreted.
    As I wrote I am against the insane extortion that will be imposed however Liberty for those thousands of youngsters is the lessor of the 2 evils presented in Prop 1.
    I do hope you would show the Liberty side of Prop 1 to your readers instead of continuing the insanity of this crazy war.
    Thank you.
    Loved the presentation of Prop 2
    Jim

    1. Joan

      Yes you assume a great deal. This Proposal does NOT decriminalization with out government interference
      It GIVES the government the authority to regulate and tax. It also removes local control. So a vote for Prop 1 is a vote for government regulation and taxes and lack of local control.

      Sec. 6
      1. Except as provided in section 4, a municipality may completely prohibit or limit the number
      of marijuana establishments within its boundaries. Individuals may petition to initiate an ordinance to provide for the number of marijuana establishments allowed within a municipality or to completely prohibit marijuana establishments within a municipality,and such ordinance shall be submitted to the electors of the municipality at the next regular election when a petition is signed by qualified electors in the municipality in a number greater than 5% of the votes cast for governor by qualified electors in the municipality at the last gubernatorial election.

      Sec. 9
      (5)

      All state licenses are effective for 1 year, unless the department issues the state license for a longer term. A
      state license is renewed upon receipt of a complete renewal application and a renewal fee from any marihuana establishment in good standing

      Sec. 12
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      In computing net income for marijuana establishments,deductions from state taxes are allowed for
      all the ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year in carrying out a trade or business.

      Sec. 1
      3 1.In addition to all other taxes, an excise tax is imposed on each marijuana retailer and on each marihuana microbusiness at the rate of 10% of the sales price for marijuana sold or otherwise transferred to anyone other than a marihuana establishment
      .
      2.Except as otherwise provided by a rule promulgated by the department of treasury, a product subject to the tax imposed by th is
      section may not be bundled in a single transaction with a product or service that is not subject to the tax imposed by this section.
      3.The department of treasury shall administer the taxes imposed under this act and may promulgate rules pursuant to the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.201 to MCL 24.328 that prescribe a method and manner for payment of the tax to ensure proper tax collection under this act
      .
      Sec. 1
      4 1.The marijuana regulation fund is created in the state treasury. The department of treasury shall deposit all money collected under section…

      1. Billy

        Please show us your grand stand against Alcohol? Exactly.

        1. Joan

          Alcohol isn’t on the ballot

          However, since you brought it up alcohol and pot combined, what could go wrong there??

          http://learnaboutmarijuanawa.org/factsheets/alcohol.htm

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