The Oakland Press, 11 Jan 2015 - Three medical marijuana cases from Oakland County are set for oral argument in front of the Michigan Supreme Court this week. Cases involving Cynthia Ann Mazur, Robert Tuttle and Richard Lee Hartwick are scheduled to be heard Thursday. Hartwick's case is scheduled first, followed by Tuttle and Mazur. Court convenes at 9:30 a.m. in Lansing.
Garden Island, 11 Jan 2015 - Nearly 14 years after the use of medical marijuana was legalized in Hawaii, medical marijuana patients may have a legal way to purchase it, rather than just grow it themselves, within the next few years. The 21-member group tasked with crafting guidelines for a state-monitored medical marijuana dispensary system is recommending that at least one dispensary be opened in four of the state's five counties by the start of 2017.
Yakima Herald-Republic, 11 Jan 2015 - Citizen initiatives have proven a popular feature of state politics ever since they won approval in 1912, less than a quarter century after Washington became a state. It's true that the initiatives serve a valuable function when our elected officials - for whatever reasons - - refuse to acknowledge the will of the people on a particular issue. The drawback to initiatives is they offer a one-size-fits-all solution that is not subject to the give-and-take of the legislative process. The vetting by state lawmakers and the amendment process help identify unintended consequences of legislation and usually resolve them before they become law. Initiatives, on the other hand, offer clunky implementation that frequently warrants legislative intervention.
Ledger-Enquirer, 10 Jan 2015 - You're not going to see legislators rolling up big fat ones over the next few weeks, but members of the General Assembly will be discussing a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in a state that smokes ribs instead of weed. The brainchild of State Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon, House Bill 1 would provide guidelines for growing, producing and selling therapeutic cannabis, an oil extracted from marijuana plants.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 10 Jan 2015 - Harold Rogers, the Kentucky Republican who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, says a rider in the omnibus spending bill that Congress enacted last month stops the District of Columbia from legalizing marijuana. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's congressional delegate, disagrees.