Your Voice Your Future Town Hall: Marijuana in Michigan

Town Hall - Marijuana in Michigan

Watch the "Your Voice Your Future" Town Hall about recreational marijuana in Michigan, recorded live Thursday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Legalization of recreational marijuana is a topic once again in Michigan, with supporters pushing for ballot initiatives in upcoming elections.

Just days ago, ballot language was submitted to the state for approval. The petition language is awaiting approval from the Secretary of State’s Office, which will set the stage for a summer signature drive and a potential 2018 ballot proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults.

But is it the right choice for Michigan?

Newschannel 3 hosted a Town Hall discussion about Marijuana In Michigan. Panelists include:

Town Hall Panelists Include:

Matthew R. Abel, Attorney at Law, Cannabis Counsel®, P.L.C.

  • Executive Director, Michigan NORML
  • Lifetime Member, NORML Legal Committee
  • National Cannabis Bar Association Board member
  • State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section Council

Jeff Hadley, Police Chief, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

Donald E. Greydanus, MD, Dr HC (ATHENS)

  • Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (Kalamazoo, Michigan).
  • Edited over 50 medical books dealing with health care of children, adolescents and young adults.
  • Edited a book on substance abuse in adolescents and young adults.
  • Written various articles on cannabis and its negative effects on teenagers and young adults.
  • Just appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Board of Licensed Midwifery.
  • Lectured in many medical centers both nationally and internationally
  • Received many awards in Pediatrics both nationally and internationally.

Yousef Rabhi, Michigan State Rep. 53rd House District

  • Rabhi said the war on drugs has been a failure and has cost many millions of taxpayer dollars spent locking up the wrong people, hindering their ability to get jobs after they've been criminally convicted. He said it's a race war against people of color and is being used to target minority communities.
    "And that is unacceptable," he said, speaking in support of a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Michigan. "I'm here with you today because the reality is, whether you like it or not, people are using marijuana, and so the prohibition, it doesn't work. And so what we need to be doing is looking at ways to decriminalize and legalize, so that we can ensure that everybody is using marijuana safely. It is about safe usage."
  • Rabhi said legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes and taxing it would bring in new state revenue for schools, roads and other infrastructure.

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