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Medical marijuana advocates are questioning the "sudden" ruling by a judge calling a Big Daddy's medical marijuana business a public nuisance.

 

Chesterfield Township originally sued Big Daddy's as a public nuisance in July, and Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE joined the case in October.

 

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge John FOSTER had an evidentiary hearing Nov. 3-4. According to medical marijuana advocates, the judge ordered oral arguments for Dec. 20, but then ignored his own deadline and issued an opinion and order on Nov. 30 against Big Daddy's business.

 

"He chose to ignore his own timeline; make the briefs he asked for irrelevant; break the court date for oral arguments and rule without any prior notice to either party," wrote Rick THOMPSON, spokesperson for Big Daddy's and editor in chief of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine.

 

Big Daddy's legal team is contemplating an appeal of the opinion and a lawsuit against the plaintiff, Thompson said.

 

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but here is the whole story, it is part of a large batch of press releases of a subcription service that I subscribe to:

 

 

Bits And Tidbits

 

Brewer: Hoekstra Should Resign

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark BREWER today called on former U.S. Rep. Pete HOEKSTRA to resign from the Washington, D.C., lobbying and law firm Dickstein Shapiro.

 

As MIRS first reported, the U.S. Senate candidate earned $240,000 in eight months as a senior adviser with the firm (See "D.C. Firm Paid Hoekstra $240K In 8 Mos.," 11/16/11). That was revealed on a U.S. Senate candidate financial disclosure form Hoekstra filed in October.

 

"He's still working at a Washington, D.C., law firm and profiting handsomely from it," Brewer said on a conference call this morning.

 

Brewer added that there's a "terrible conflict of interest" in his Senate bid, as several of Dickstein Shapiro's clients have government contracts.

 

Hoekstra earned $318,000 in income over the last two years outside of his 2010 congressional salary of $174,000. Hoekstra made $30,000 as a visiting scholar with the conservative Heritage Foundation. He also has $30,000 in retirement from Herman Miller, where he worked as an executive prior to serving in Congress.

 

MDP: Republicans Should Denounce Troy Mayor's Remarks

 

The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) is calling on Republican leaders "to immediately repudiate anti-gay comments made by the Tea Party-Republican Mayor of Troy, Janice DANIELS."

 

In a Facebook post, Daniels wrote, "I think I'm going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there."

 

The MDP is "calling on GOP Chair Bobby SCHOSTAK, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks PATTERSON, and Gov. Rick SNYDER to denounce the bigoted remarks."

 

"These remarks are reprehensible and cannot be tolerated by anyone in Michigan," said MDP Chair Mark BREWER. "Mayor Daniels' Facebook post is ignorant, laced with bigotry, and must be immediately denounced by Republican leaders throughout the state."

 

Ananich, Gleason Call For Unemployment Plan

Rep. Jim ANANICH (D-Flint) and Sen. John GLEASON (D-Flushing) joined unemployed workers and local advocates at the Genesee/Shiawassee Michigan Works! office today to discuss "threats to the unemployment system" and a plan they said will help people get back to work.

 

The Democratic plan outlined today includes incentives for small businesses who hire unemployed people, with greater incentives for hiring veterans and those who have exhausted all their benefits; creating a work sharing program; preventing employers from only allowing applications from employed people; restoring Michigan's unemployment insurance back to 26 weeks; and asking Congress to extend federal unemployment benefits.

 

"We need to be focused on ways to help middle-class families lift themselves back into the workforce, not take away the very lifeline that they rely on to put food on their table," Gleason said.

 

Opsommer: Passport Prices Too High

Rep. Paul OPSOMMER (R-DeWitt), chair of the House Transportation Committee, criticized U.S. Sen. Charles SCHUMER (D-N.Y.) today for his recently announced border plan, which includes mobile passport application centers.

 

Opsommer said it has been nearly five years since the Government Accountability Office issued a report saying they could not justify the high price of passports. Passport prices have been raised since that time, Opsommer added in his press release on the issue.

 

Schumer said the mobile application centers would not raise passport fees because there is already enough money in the fees to pay for the mobile centers.

 

That shows passport fees were too high to begin with, Opsommer said.

 

Medical Marijuana Advocates Question Ruling

Medical marijuana advocates are questioning the "sudden" ruling by a judge calling a Big Daddy's medical marijuana business a public nuisance.

 

Chesterfield Township originally sued Big Daddy's as a public nuisance in July, and Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE joined the case in October.

 

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge John FOSTER had an evidentiary hearing Nov. 3-4. According to medical marijuana advocates, the judge ordered oral arguments for Dec. 20, but then ignored his own deadline and issued an opinion and order on Nov. 30 against Big Daddy's business.

 

"He chose to ignore his own timeline; make the briefs he asked for irrelevant; break the court date for oral arguments and rule without any prior notice to either party," wrote Rick THOMPSON, spokesperson for Big Daddy's and editor in chief of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine.

 

Big Daddy's legal team is contemplating an appeal of the opinion and a lawsuit against the plaintiff, Thompson said.

Durant, Sheffield Write Open Letter Supporting Charters

Republican Senate candidate Clark DURANT, founder of Cornerstone Schools and past president of the state Board of Education, and Rev. Horace SHEFFIELD, pastor of New Destiny Baptist Church in Detroit, wrote an "open letter to Republicans and Democrats" about legislation that would lift the cap on charter schools.

 

In the letter, they say the public school structure "is on life support. It exists because people are forced to contribute their hard-earned dollars to sustain the same old structures, whether traditional public or public charter."

 

"This is about kids, quality, accountability, freedom and our future, not adult interest groups lobbying to protect their turf, money, and jobs," they continue. "Whose side are you on?"

 

SB 0618, which would lift the cap on charter schools in Michigan, passed the Senate 20-18 and is waiting for a vote on the House floor.

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