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  1. Michigan Representative Mike Shirkey will be hosting a town hall meeting on August 14 in Grass Lake Township to discuss the pros and cons of marijuana decriminalization. To learn more about this big event please follow this link: http://komornlaw.com/uncategorized/rep-mike-shirkey-to-discuss-decriminalizing-marijuana-in-townhall-meeting/
  2. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 1, 2013 State Rep. Mike Shirkey will host a citizen town hall event in Jackson County on Aug. 14 to help create a public dialogue on drug enforcement strategies and policy. Shirkey said the debate needs to happen, based on both the citizen initiative that legalized medicinal marijuana and the introduction of legislation such as House Bill 4623, which would impose fines instead of jail time for the possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana. "Michigan citizens expect and demand that we strive to balance the needs of personal freedom, public safety, pain management and a host of other factors as we determine how to best spend the people's tax dollars," said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. "Are we forcing law enforcement to police and jail recreational marijuana users instead of using time and money that should be going to battle our meth lab epidemic? Are we limiting reasonable options to end-of-life pain management by putting excessive restrictions on medicinal marijuana? Those are questions that politicians, law enforcement, and most importantly the general public, need to actively discuss and answer." The town hall, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 5-7 p.m. at the Grass Lake Township Hall, 373 Lakeside Drive. Shirkey is inviting several people to speak and is hopeful for a large turnout, regardless of people's position on the issue. State Rep. Jeff Irwin, the author of HB 4623, will attend as will former prosecutor James Gierach, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Seventeen states have some type of marijuana decriminalization laws on the books, according to LEAP, and the organization said they were interested in coming to the Jackson area in part because of a local petition drive addressing decriminalization. "My time working with law enforcement as a Cook County prosecutor and municipal attorney showed me firsthand how frequently we are turning average citizens into criminals and not spending enough time tracking down and dealing with the true bad guys in this equation," Gierach said. "You can be both tough and appropriate with drug enforcement once you start to differentiate and realize the serious downsides of a one-size-fits-all policy. We've already seen that with alcohol and prohibition, and I think we're going to see that very soon with recreational marijuana use as well." People with questions may call Rep. Shirkey's office at (517) 373-1775. Gierach will also be making himself available for private meetings with interested public officials by appointment, and can be reached through the LEAP offices at (315) 243-5844.
  3. Kentucky Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally Supporters of last years medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill 129 the Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act attended a barbecue and rally held Wednesday June 27th at the home of State Senator Perry Clark of Louisville who filed last years bill. Citizen activists from Winchester, Alexandria in Northern Kentucky and from all over the Commonwealth were in attendance. Ron Moore of Kentucky Veterans For Medical Marijuana, Tony Ashley of Free the Weed Kentucky, Lynne Wilson of Hemprock Radio which broadcasts out of Cincinnati across Northern Kentucky, on line, and on Public Access Television, and numerous citizens interested in a medical marijuana law for Kentucky’s sick and disabled citizens were there to discuss our options for getting a bill thru the 2013 Assembly. After a fine repast Senator Clark gave a short talk and stated his intention to rewrite and refile the bill prior to the Assembly convening. Senator Clark’s original bill was filed late in last years session and given the fact it was a busy year for the Assembly, it never got past it’s first stop, the Senate Judicial Committee chaired by Senator Jensen. Senator Clark said this is the year for getting this bill passed and indicated that Senator Jensen was also interested in moving the bill forward. Senator Clark stressed the importance of contacting your State Senator and Representative by mail and also to call and visit their offices to press our case. The Senator then went around the group asking for suggestions for making our case and getting the word out to supporters and those citizens who maybe wouldn’t use medical marijuana but see the frugality in continuing marijuana prohibition. Many suggestions were discussed for getting the message out and stressing the benefits, medical, financial and bureaucratic of a comprehensive medical marijuana bill for Kentucky’s citizens. Benefits like increased revenue for state and local coffers, positive economic impact as a result of people being employed in the industry, lower rates of traffic accidents, teen usage, prescription drug abuse, criminal justice costs, the freeing of police to focus on serious crimes, an alternative crop for our beleaguered farmers and lest we forget, the pain and suffering we will be helping our sick and disabled citizens to endure, the effect of which can’t be measured except in the relief in a sufferers eyes will result with the passage of this bill. Every state touching Kentucky’s borders are working on some form of medical marijuana bill as we speak and those states are going to need a supplier. We have a unique opportunity to fill the market and a medical marijuana bill can get us prepared for when these other bills come on line and the Federal prohibition of marijuana finally comes to an end as it most certainly will. http://www.state-jou...upporters-rally Trix
  4. Chicago Cops Unveil Biggest Marijuana Bust In 20 Years Chicago police unveiled the biggest marijuana bust in the city in 20 years the day after the City Council approved marijuana decriminalization for 15 grams or less. Citing safety reasons for officers involved in the investigation, police say they had to wait to announce the bust until today. “We’re talking about an ongoing investigation that it was not appropriate for us to do this two days ago,” [Police Supt. Garry] McCarthy said at a West Side press conference, surrounded by dozens of green plastic bales filled with dope. “We had agents and police on the street and there’s no way Garry and I were going to put them at risk,” added Jack Riley, special agent in charge of the Chicago office of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. On Tuesday some eight tons of marijuana was found near a Chicago warehouse. Authorities say it was a shipment from Mexico via Texas. McCarthy went on to describe illegal drug sales as the “the lifeblood of gangs that are involved in violence day in and day out.” Which is 100% true. But for every eight tons confiscated, an untold amount of tons hit the streets, filling the pockets of violent people with cash. Cops can smile next to bales of weed for the cameras, but they are not reducing drug use and are making criminals rich. http://the420times.c...st-in-20-years/ Trix
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