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1 US MI: Birmingham Commission Takes No Action On Medical MarijuanaWed, 11 Jun 2014
Source:Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:Grossman, Jay Area:Michigan Lines:92 Added:06/15/2014

Frank Carnovale describes himself as a "fearless father" and a "proud veteran."

He's certainly no fan of medical marijuana.

In a stinging letter to the Birmingham City Commission, Carnovale said allowing medical marijuana grow facilities to operate in the city's Rail District will turn the east side of Birmingham into a "ghetto."

City officials feel their hands are tied.

Birmingham, like numerous other municipalities across the state, previously outlawed medical marijuana establishments since they were prohibited by federal law. As a result of recent court rulings, the city can no longer prohibit such establishments as they are expressly permitted under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act passed by the voters in 2008.

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2 US MI: Birmingham Ponders Where To Allow Medical Marijuana ToSun, 18 May 2014
Source:Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:Grossman, Jay M. Area:Michigan Lines:72 Added:05/18/2014

Birmingham is in the process of allowing medical marijuana facilities to operate in the city's Rail District.

On Wednesday, the Planning Board voted 6-0 to amend local zoning ordinances and allow medical marijuana establishments as a permitted use. The amendment still needs to go before the City Commission before it's finalized.

Up to now, Birmingham has resisted allowing such facilities to open in the city on the grounds that marijuana is still considered a controlled substance under federal law. Last year, however, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled municipalities must follow provisions relating to the state's Medical Marijuana Act and allow for the facilities.

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3 US CO: PUB LTE: God's ApprovalSun, 18 Dec 2011
Source:Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:White, Stan Area:Colorado Lines:30 Added:12/18/2011

Another reason to legalize and regulate the extremely popular and relatively safe plant cannabis (marijuana) that doesn't get mentioned ("McKinnon: Drop marijuana laws," Dec. 11, is because it is biblically correct since God (the Ecologician) indicates he created all the seed-bearing plants, saying they are all good, on literally the very first page (see Genesis 1:11-12 and 29-30).

The only biblical restriction placed on cannabis is to accept it with thankfulness (1 Timothy 4:1-5).

Exactly what kind of people cages its citizens for using what God says is good?

Stan White

Dillon, Colo.


4 US MI: McKinnon: Drop Marijuana LawsSun, 11 Dec 2011
Source:Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:Grossman, Jay M. Area:Michigan Lines:49 Added:12/15/2011

Former Detroit Police Chief Ike McKinnon believes decriminalizing marijuana completely is the best route.

Speaking to an audience of about 70 people at the Baldwin Public Library on Dec. 6, McKinnon said in his 33 years as a police officer, drunks were always a bigger problem to deal with than marijuana users. Legalizing the drug would free up police resources for more important cases, he said.

Birmingham resident Mike Whitty, an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy and a vocal advocate on reforming marijuana laws, organized the event as part of the library's lecture series.

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5 US MI: Let's Talk About MarijuanaTue, 19 Apr 2011
Source:Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:Grossman, Jay M. Area:Michigan Lines:49 Added:04/19/2011

LVW/Oakland Hosts Panel Discussion May 5

It's time to talk about marijuana.

With all the confusion about the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, not to mention the lawsuits and arrests, a public debate on the topic seems more than timely.

The League of Women Voters-Oakland Area will host a panel discussion on "Impact of Medical Marijuana," 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Bloomfield Township Hall. A panel will discuss the impact of medical marijuana on local communities and issues related to implementing its usage from the viewpoint of patients, cities and law enforcement. The members of the panel are as follows:

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6 US MI: Attorney Will Spell Out Marijuana LawSun, 09 Jan 2011
Source:Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:Grossman, Jay M. Area:Michigan Lines:82 Added:01/09/2011

Like many others across the state of Michigan, Matt Newburg is surprised at how the medical marijuana debate has played out.

"I don't think anyone could have anticipated the volume of people who applied for cards," he said. "And I don't think anyone could have anticipated all the questions that have surfaced since the measure passed."

Newburg is a criminal defense attorney who specializes in medical marijuana issues. He plans to discuss some of those issues in a presentation before the Birmingham Compassion Club at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at the Baldwin Public Library.

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7 US MI: Lawsuit Against Township Targets Medical Marijuana OrdinancesWed, 15 Dec 2010
Source:Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:Grossman, Jay M. Area:Michigan Lines:66 Added:12/16/2010

Bloomfield Township has been slapped with a lawsuit over its medical marijuana ordinances.

On Tuesday, the Law Offices of Thomas M. Loeb, Esq. of Farmington Hills, and Neil Rockind, P.C. of Southfield, filed a joint law suit in the Oakland County Circuit Court against the township. The case, which will be heard by Judge Denise Langford-Morris, challenges the medical marijuana ordinance passed by the township in October.

"We filed the suit on behalf of two township residents who are impacted by the ordinances," Rockind said Wednesday. "We think the township ordinances are not only unconstitutional, but they directly conflict with the state law that was passed by 63 percent of the people."

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8 US MI: ACLU Sues Cities Over Marijuana BansMon, 06 Dec 2010
Source:Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:Grossman, Jay M. Area:Michigan Lines:70 Added:12/06/2010

Linda and Robert Lott want to grow marijuana in a Livonia warehouse and smoke it at a private social club Bloomfield Hills.

They also want to smoke marijuana inside their home in Birmingham.

Linda, 61, suffers from multiple sclerosis. Robert, 61, was recently diagnosed with glaucoma. Both husband and wife possess state-certified cards qualifying them as medical marijuana patients.

Yet they claim local ordinances in the three communities won't let them.

"When Michigan voters passed the medical marijuana ballot initiative, I was relieved," said Linda. "My doctor and I knew that it would help me fight the muscle spasms and painful symptoms of multiple sclerosis. What we didn't realize is that it would be temporary. Instead of relief, I now live in fear that I could be arrested by local officials for following state law."

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9 US MI: ACLU Sues Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills Over MarijuanaWed, 01 Dec 2010
Source:Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:Grossman, Jay M. Area:Michigan Lines:67 Added:12/02/2010

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit today against the cities of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Livonia on behalf of a registered medical marijuana patient with multiple sclerosis and her husband who fear arrest and prosecution by local officials if they grow or use medical marijuana in compliance with state law.

Linda Lott, 61, is a Birmingham resident who has suffered from multiple sclerosis for 28 years. Confined to a wheelchair and blind, Lott experiences painful and relentless muscle spasms that can no longer be controlled by conventional medications. Soon after Michigan enacted its medical marijuana law, Lott received approval from her doctor to register as a medical marijuana patient.

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10 US MI: Township Limits Medical Marijuana UseSun, 31 Oct 2010
Source:Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:Kowalski, Greg Area:Michigan Lines:59 Added:11/01/2010

Medical marijuana patients in Bloomfield Township will have to go outside the township to fill their prescriptions and have to register with the township police under the specifications of two ordinances approved by the township board Monday.

The township has been wrestling with the medical marijuana issue for months, and had placed a moratorium on dealing with it as it weighed the impact of the state law allowing medical marijuana, which was approved by voters in 2008.

"The law is a total mess," Township Attorney William Hampton said. "The Legislature must do something about this. It's such a poorly written law."

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11 US MI: Beverly Delays Medical Marijuana Dispensary VoteSun, 25 Jul 2010
Source:Source: Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:Grossman, Jay M. Area:Michigan Lines:45 Added:07/25/2010

Joining a host of other communities around Michigan, the Beverly Hills Council voted Tuesday to place a 180-day moratorium on the establishment of any medical marijuana dispensaries within the village.

"This resolution will protect the village until this matter is fully vetted by the planning board and council," Village Attorney Tom Ryan told the council. "I recommend that you approve it."

Ryan noted the moratorium has a reasonable limitation of six months and an appeal measure for commercial property owners who feel the action has a negative economic impact on the use of their land.

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12 US MI: Township Extends Marijuana MoratoriumSun, 04 Jul 2010
Source:Birmingham Eccentric (MI) Author:Kowalski, Greg Area:Michigan Lines:55 Added:07/06/2010

While Bloomfield Township has extended its moratorium on allowing medical marijuana outlets it's likely just a matter of time before they come into town.

The township had placed a 30-day moratorium on allowing such facilities to open. The moratorium was to expire on Aug. 12 but has been extended to Sept. 12.

Township Clerk Janet Roncelli said the township board took the action Monday "to give ourselves more time to discuss it." The township "is looking at how we can regulate this so it's safe for the grower, the caregiver and the township ... and also safe for our public safety officers."

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