• Eric

Detroit city council ignores the voters.



This is getting really annoying. We'd heard about this, but this article in Crain's confirms it. Detroit city council is mulling a moratorium on recreational marihuana.

"While [marihuana] is legal, the rules for the business of pot are still taking shape. More than half of Michigan's communities have opted out allowing recreational marijuana businesses. For some officials in Detroit who are considering a temporary opt-out, the trepidation comes from a concern over equality."

Is marihuana legal? To be honest its a pretty gray area in Michigan right now. You cannot buy it or sell it unless its medical marihuana and you have a medical card. You can possess it without a license but only if you grow and cultivate it yourself, but you better make sure that you can enter into the METRC system even though you might not have access to it, know about it or been properly trained. State residents are waiting for sentencing for a "crime" that the voters legalized ALMOST A YEAR AGO. The citizens are in legal limbo because of the outright failure of our elected officials to execute the will of Michigan voters, nearly a YEAR after the proposal passed.


Michigan elected officials have often struggled with elected governance. Honestly it is not their strong suit. Let's review. In 2012, Michigan voters outlawed the states' use of "Emergency Financial Managers" to remove elected government from local municipalities. Officials responded to that vote by ignoring them, reinstated the exact same law and poisoned Flint. Last year 60% of state voters legalized marihuana, but so far local leaders have shrugged it off and opted out, citing a parade of imaginary scenarios as the basis of their decisions.


Many young Americans are fearful about the future of democracy. Makes a lot of sense when leaders ignore them. I'm reminded of an Abraham Lincoln quote:

"When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy."

If the will of the voters is not "fundamental to ordered liberty," I don't know what is.

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