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ACLU takes on two (wealthy) Detroit suburbs over medical marijuana ordinances

From the Detroit Metro Times:

 

 

 

 

By Curt Guyette

 

It looks as if there's going to be a showdown between the American Civil Liberties Union and Michigan cities it says are using questionable tactics in an apparent attempt to address medical marijuana-related activity within their borders.

 

The ACLU has sent letters to the cities of Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham asking that they either clarify or rescind recently adopted ordinances the group says could "severely and unlawfully" burden "the rights of medical marijuana patients and caregivers under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act."

 

In both cases, the cities approved ordinances with identical language, declaring that it "shall be unlawful for any person or business to engage in any activity, conduct, use or venture in the City that is contrary to federal, state or local laws or ordinances ..."

 

Livonia previously passed an ordinance containing similar language, but has not yet been contacted by the ACLU.

 

Although Michigan law now sanctions the use of marijuana by state-approved patients, and allows designated caregivers to grow plants, any use or possession is still technically a violation of federal law.

 

Adding yet another dimension to the controversy, though, is a directive issued by the U.S. Justice Department last October telling federal prosecutors in the 14 states where medical marijuana has been approved that they should make prosecution of patients and caregivers a low priority.

 

In other words, the ACLU is saying, while the feds are signaling they won't harass legitimate patients and caregivers, municipalities such as Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham are passing ordinances that attempt to use violation of federal law as a way to curtail what would otherwise be legal activity. ..........(more)

 

The complete piece is at: http://www.metrotimes.com/news/story.asp?id=15278

 

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Michael, after reading through pages of Supreme Court Rulings, These Townships and others are jumping into deep water. There is no ambiguity in the rulings, it is an absolute, that local ordinances can't conflict with State Ordinances PERIOD. No Exceptions! So the Judicial Supremacy Argument is BS. Boards, Commissions and Councils if you are reading this, this is a polite warning that you will loose big if you attempt to undermine the will of the people. You will make people covered under the law and attorneys rich. You will bankrupt yourself and all the political grandstanding will not save you. Thanks for posting this Michael. I have added it to my nasty gram. BB

 

 

What BB Said!

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Hey - just think of it as each city and townships own opportunity to fund the cause and make some of those who work in the courtroom a little better off also.

 

Perhaps with the monies collected from each town/city/township; whatever - we could open a dispensary in each of them and put up a placque to memorialize the event that created the funding to make it all possible.

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Hey - just think of it as each city and townships own opportunity to fund the cause and make some of those who work in the courtroom a little better off also.

 

Perhaps with the monies collected from each town/city/township; whatever - we could open a dispensary in each of them and put up a placque to memorialize the event that created the funding to make it all possible.

 

Seems like a great opportunity to make our own Michael Komorn a wealthy man! Few deserve it more than him.

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