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Law Enforcement Officials Declare Their Disapproval of City’s Undemocratic Approach
The City of Flint, Michigan has announced that despite a successful ballot measure decriminalizing the adult possession of marijuana approved by 54 percent of voters last week, it will continue to prosecute people for marijuana possession. City officials called the vote “symbolic,” saying they would continue to arrest people for pot.
“We’re still police officers and we’re still empowered to enforce the laws of the state of Michigan and the United States,” said Flint police chief Alvern Lock, reports Gary Ridley at “We’re still going to enforce the laws as we’ve been enforcing them.”
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of law enforcement officials who support legalization of marijuana, on Wednesday publicly condemned the city’s actions. 

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​After stripping an ordinance of its powers to crack down on medical marijuana businesses, the Flint Township board voted down the ordinance at their regular meeting Monday night anyway, reports Blake Thorne of the Flint Journal.

The township’s planning commission had passed an amendment to the township’s zoning rules which required all “uses or businesses seeking approval or permits from the township must comply with federal, state and local law.” 
Since marijuana is illegal for any purpose, including medical uses, under federal law, the ordinance would have effectively banned medical marijuana businesses from the township. Because of federal law, any business which sells, distributes or allows medical marijuana would have been in violation of the township ordinance.


Statewide victories in Colorado and Washington (legalization) and Massachusetts (medical marijuana) weren’t the only blows our country’s failed marijuana policies were dealt on Election Day. A number of cities and towns voted against cannabis prohibition, as well.
In Michigan, voters overwhelmingly approved all four citywide measures to stop arresting marijuana users, reports the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). Grand Rapids voters replaced possible jail time for simple possession of marijuana with a fine. In Detroit and Flint, voters removed local criminal penalties for marijuana possession. In Ypsilanti, marijuana possession will now be the lowest law enforcement priority.


Nine States and Localities Vote for More Sensible Drug Laws
In a historic night for drug law reformers, on Tuesday, Colorado and Washington voters passed measures legalizing and regulating marijuana, Massachusetts became the 18th state to allow medical marijuana and six localities voted to modernize policies on marijuana.
“I cannot tell you how happy I am that after 40 years of the racist, destructive exercise in futility that is the war on drugs, my home state of Washington has now put us on a different path,” said Norm Stamper, former Seattle police chief who is now a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

Patients For Reform – Not Repeal

Ballot Issue Radio Ad Features Sen. Larry Jent Acknowledging that SB 423 Was Intended as “Defacto Repeal” of Voter Intent for Medical Marijuana Patients
A radio ad airing statewide beginning Tuesday uses the voice of state Senator Larry Jent (D-Bozeman) to urge voters to reject Senate Bill 423, the new “repeal and destroy” medical marijuana law passed by the 2011 Montana Legislature, it was announced today. 
In the ad, Jent admits that the Legislature’s final vote in the 2011 session was actually intended to functionally repeal (rather than fix) the state medical marijuana law adopted by voters. “And it worked,” Jent concludes.
“We’re urging voters to vote ‘no’ on IR-124, because it is a slap in the face to voters as well as cruel and harmful to the seriously sick patients Montanans sought to help,” says Bob Brigham, campaign manager for Patients for Reform – Not Repeal. 

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​A woman was beaten by a group of people on Christmas Day after stealing, then returning a bag of marijuana to a drug dealer, according to a Flint, Michigan police report.

The victim went to a location in Genesee Township with a friend to buy marijuana, according to police, reports Kahlil AlHajal of The Flint Journal. She bought some weed, but also stole a bag at about 10 p.m., police said.
When she had a change of heart — or perhaps realized what a dumb thing she’d done — she tried to return the stolen bag to the dealer about 20 minutes later. But when she showed back up, several men and women began punching and kicking the at first sticky-fingered but now repentant woman, even beating her with belts, according to police.

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​Man Posing As Police Officer Seizes 12 Pot Plants, $500, Gun

Fake, fake, fake the police?

A Michigan man told police a suspect posing as a police officer made off with his marijuana plants, a gun, and $500 at about 2 p.m. on Friday, according to police reports.

The victim told police he saw two vehicles pull up to his home in Flint, Mich., reports Laura Misjack at The Flint Journal.
A 65-year-old man first knocked and asked to see a woman who didn’t live there. The victim said he told him the woman didn’t live there and shut the door.
Then the man knocked again, this time claiming to be a police officer.

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​The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is hailing the passage of another milestone for the Global Marijuana March, with Georgetown, Guyana and Ryebrook, N.Y., as the 299th and 300th cities holding a march, rally, forum or benefit on the weekends of Saturday, May 1 and May 8.

NORML and numerous other groups called for more cities this year to participate, so that organizers could meet and surpass their stated goal of more than 200 cities.
“Worldwide action is necessary for any outright legalization, since cannabis is largely prohibited globally by a United Nations treaty known as the Single Convention, enacted in 1962 through the efforts of top anti-cannabis zealot Harry Anslinger, the original instigator of U.S. cannabis prohibition in 1937,” said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML.