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Posted by CN Staff on May 08, 2005 at 08:42:59 PT
By George Jaksa 
Source: Flint Journal 

cannabis Flint, Michigan -- Flint could follow Detroit and Ann Arbor in symbolically legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, if leaders at a march and festival Saturday in downtown Flint get their way.

Charles Synder III, 28, of Flint, chairman of the Flint Coalition for Compassionate Care, said a drive to put the issue on the Nov. 8 ballot could begin June 1. Synder said the group would have 60 days to collect about 1,500 valid signatures in order to present the issue to voters in a referendum.

"We think it will pass and hope it will open the door to bringing the compassionate-care and sick-and-dying issues more before the public," the University of Michigan-Flint junior said.

He and Brian Morrissey, 23, also a UM-Flint student, were designated as petition leaders. Morrissey heads the Flint chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and is a member of Students for Social Change at UM-Flint.

About 60 mostly young people rallied at the downtown University Pavilion for music, speeches and support of liberalizing marijuana laws. They later walked eight blocks to the City Hall lawn for more talks and to announce the petition drive. The total of valid signatures needed is based on the number of people who voted in the last Flint mayoral election.

Detroit in August became the first city in Michigan to authorize use of marijuana for medical purposes. It was approved by a 60 percent majority, said Tim Beck of Detroit, executive director of NORML in Michigan.

It was followed in November in Ann Arbor, with a 74 percent approval, Chuck Ream, a 33-year kindergarten teacher and five-term Scio Township elected official, told the placard-carrying audience on the City Hall lawn.

Beck, who said similar petition drives will be launched this year in Ferndale and Traverse City, said the law would authorize marijuana to be prescribed for medical purposes.

Morrissey, who carried a makeshift sign declaring "No more drug wars," said authorities are not telling the truth about marijuana use.

"If people want to smoke it, they should have the right to," he said.

A group based in Sterling Heights has started a petition drive to legalize marijuana in Michigan. It wants the drug treated the same as alcohol, a move supported by Mike Whitty, a University of Detroit-Mercy labor law professor who spoke at the rally on behalf of the Drug Policy Forum of Michigan.

"Lots of arthritis sufferers might use whiskey or vodka to medicate the pain as a home remedy," he said. "Marijuana also is a home remedy."

Source: Flint Journal (MI)
Author: George Jaksa
Published: Sunday, May 08, 2005
Copyright: 2005 Flint Journal

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Comment #10 posted by FoM on May 08, 2005 at 20:23:50 PT
I'm listening to Rust Radio and I thought you might want to know Neil is recording in Nashville. It's a follow up to Greendale on the lines of Harvest Moon. He also told us his fans to please watch our blood pressure!

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Comment #9 posted by FoM on May 08, 2005 at 20:13:40 PT
I wanted him to talk more about herbal treatments but he was asked questions about drugs and he answered them. He is really good when he gets into herbal medicine and holistic type healing. I remember I asked him once in a CNN or MSNBC News Chat about the use of essential oils and he answered me with a yes it is a source of future medicine just being really discovered. Herbs and oils are so helpful. He tries to help a person stay healthy rather then use drugs to fix us after we are sick I believe.

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Comment #8 posted by afterburner on May 08, 2005 at 20:07:24 PT
RE Dana Beal & ibogaine
I was surprised that Dr. Andrew Weil did not mention ibogaine in his recent chat with Ethan Nadelmann.

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Comment #7 posted by FoM on May 08, 2005 at 17:41:34 PT
I tried again and they still didn't work and I tried both of them. I don't know why they put a video on a page and then it doesn't work. Why even bother. It just doesn't compute in my mind.

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Comment #6 posted by eco-man on May 08, 2005 at 15:28:01 PT
New York City MMM article.
FoM. I archived that article here:

I also was unable to get the video to work. I tried to get the dialup low-bandwidth video to work. Maybe someone else will have better luck. Maybe with the broadband high-bandwidth video link.

Is there a way somebody can capture both the high and low bandwidth versions of this video? Please do so, and email it to me and others for archiving.

Sometimes even the article does not show up at the original site. So here it is:


Here are the dialup and broadband RealPlayer video links with the article below: and


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Worldwide Protests Call For Legalizing Medicinal Marijuana

May 08, 2005

A group rallied in Lower Manhattan Saturday to call for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.

“Cures not Wars” is urging lawmakers to allow hemp to be used with a prescription.

“If alcohol is socially acceptable, then I see no reason why marijuana can’t be,” said Audrey Silk, a Libertarian candidate for mayor, who joined the demonstration. “And medical marijuana to me is a total no-brainer. There is no reason to deny people who say it works fot them the ability to use it.”

The group is also touting the new drug ibogaine, which it says helps cure addiction.

“Basically with every other drug you take for drug addiction, like methadone, when the methadone wears off, you’re back in withdrawal,” said Dana Beal, another protestor. “When the ibogaine wears off there is no withdrawal.”

Similar demonstrations took place in nearly 200 cities around the world, including Prague, Kiev and Tel Aviv.


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Comment #5 posted by FoM on May 08, 2005 at 11:43:11 PT
You're welcome. I have one to archive from the Toronto Star but I need to take care of my dogs so it might take me a little while to get to it but then I'll add it right away to my mmm page so I don't forget too. That's can happen since I ain't as young as I use to be! LOL!

I found this about New York but it's not an article. The video doesn't work though.

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Comment #4 posted by eco-man on May 08, 2005 at 11:36:28 PT
Thanks FoM!
That page is invaluable. Saves me and others a lot of time when they are consolidated like that. I notice that people really like the world map page on my site. Lots of hits to it. So I decided to try to consolidate all 2005 MMM links this year on that page rather than create a separate page of report links as I did in 2004. Thanks also for the followup articles you post in the comments to articles.

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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 08, 2005 at 11:12:59 PT
eco this is what I'm doing
As I find articles I will archive them more then likely but as soon as I do I add them to my mmm page.

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Comment #2 posted by eco-man on May 08, 2005 at 11:06:56 PT
Flint Journal. Article URL. ~

I am posting the link here so that I save space on the MMM 2005 world map page. The article may eventually disappear at the original source of the article; so this helps prevent future dead links on the MMM 2005 world map page.

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Comment #1 posted by eco-man on May 08, 2005 at 10:57:40 PT
180+ cities. 37 nations! World MMM map.
2005 MMM world map. May 7, 2005 Million Marijuana March. Cities sorted by region. World Cannabis Day. Global Cannabis Liberation. Global Marijuana March. Worldwide since 1999. The first Saturday in May, or that weekend, or thereabouts. Rallies, marches, concerts, events, meetings, parties, raves, info-tables, etc.. and and and and

I will be adding more and more report, video, and photo links to the pages linked above. Mirrored pages above. If one is down, try another.

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