I started this column Sunday, intending to explore the general state of marijuana nationally, statewide and locally, having no idea what would develop at Monday’s Gaylord City Council meeting.
Then, lo and behold, marijuana was suddenly back in the news with an indication council may opt out of Michigan’s new medical marijuana licensing law.
If this happens, the already stormy marijuana waters locally could develop into a storm surge.
The marijuana issue is making headlines everywhere, including today’s front page of your favorite newspaper — meaning this newspaper, of course.
The issue is not likely to be resolved any time soon.
Generally speaking, there are two schools of thought on the subject. In the debate debacle, opinions are coming from two distinctly opposite sides of the “classroom”.
My research locally, statewide and nationally gives me a sense the marijuana debate will continue into the unforeseeable future.
At last count, 29 states, including Michigan, have some form of marijuana “decriminalization” on their books.
Seven states currently allow the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Michigan isn’t there yet, but a proposal is in the “hopper”.
A ballot proposal, initiated by a group called “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol,” appears to be well on its way.
The proposal not only would allow the use of weed for the purpose of helping people to have a good time (aka recreation ) … it aims to score big time!
They’re calling it “optional” marijuana as opposed to the standard “recreational” verbiage.
Under this proposal, consuming marijuana in a public place or driving under the influence of marijuana would be strictly prohibited —meaning illegal.
However, according to Mark Klieman, a New York University professor and nationally recognized expert on public policy and criminal justice relating to marijuana use, the proposed law for our state