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Michigan's Finest Legal Mind takes a crack at meddling in local affairs

by: Eric B.

Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 10:55:37 AM EDT

I give you the party of small government and individuals deciding what's in their best interests as opposed to centralized planning.


Marijuana decriminalization in Mount Pleasant just got two more voices of opposition in the form of Michigan's governor and attorney general.


Both Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette sent letters to Mount Pleasant's city commissioners care of City Clerk Jeremy Howard denouncing the proposal, which is slated to be on the Nov. 4 ballot. The proposal, spearheaded by marijuana advocacy groups on and off campus, would effectively make the use, possession and transfer of less than one ounce of marijuana legal in the city.

This isn't just a case of elected officials meddling in what ought to be purely local affairs, it's also the case of two elected officials who just simply can't see the writing on the wall and are trying to hold back the river of change with their hands. In the grand scheme of things, marijuana prohibition is only a big deal in the cost that it saddles all of us with in terms of diminished civil liberties and ballooned prisons, but leadership that continues to insist that it remain our stated public policy despite a public that is turning against it and despite decades of experience that tells us that it is failing is probably not going to be forward looking in a lot of things.

File this under "Our attorney general may be the most out of touch office holder in the state." There's good reason for that, of course, which is that he's never held an honest job a day in his life.

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First they cut college funding, then they oppose marriage equality, now they oppose decriminalization.

How many more ways will they tick off young people between now and November 4?

Heck of a rebrand, guys!

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

So far behind the curve...
Pathetic. Even many Republicans are on board with legalization. Decrim is a ridiculous half-measure, IMHO--it's OK to have some weed, but not to have lots of it, or to buy and sell it? Enough already... Half the country has smoked cannabis at one time or another, with no ill effects. It's worth noting, too, that opiate painkiller overdose deaths are down 25% in states that have medical marijuana programs in place.

Schuette is the Republicans' worst enemy when it comes to convincing people that they are a kinder, gentler bunch of authoritarian moralizers.

In this town, it's largely an add-on charge
The idea that this diminishes law enforcement in Mt. Pleasant is downright idiotic. The cops, and we have lots of them, have their hands full with other things. In fact, the only people I've ever known to get busted for weed possession are people who got busted for something else, either drunk driving or something or who drew police attention for something else but who only had weed on them.

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