The Lawyers Supporting the MI Legalize Initiative

Recreational marijuana use is no more dangerous than recreational alcohol use. In fact, marijuana has proven to be safer in many ways. It is safer for your body, for public health and for the community. Also, unlike alcohol, marijuana has been proven to have medicinal qualities, which is why cannabis sales have started to increase in states where the use of marijuana is legal. Present recreational marijuana possession and use laws causes a significant drain on law enforcement, judicial and correctional resources for no good reason. Additionally, as has been proven in the states of Colorado and Oregon, marijuana has the potential to crate large amounts of revenue for the State of Michigan and local municipalities. Marijuana recreational or medical has the potential to bring in businesses into Michigan with companies that specialize in health and wellbeing as well as cultivation. It will allow people to utilize the products sold on an Online CBD marketplace in order to get products known for their pain relieving properties. With CBD growing into a booming market, there are already a ton of different online marketplaces around the world, that deal primarily with CBD based products. This is due to the health benefits of CBD, from being a form of treatment for insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety, and other ailments, the popularity of CBD as an alternative medicine has yet to reach its peak. Companies similar to Blessed CBD are always pushing forward and developing their products to benefit those who want to have different options when it comes to their health treatments. Health is the most popular reason why medical marijuana is becoming appealing to many, with someone like this cannabis speaker advocating for its use within mental health. If there are so many positive qualities to marijuana then why is marijuana illegal in Michigan when alcohol is not?


Even if you do not use marijuana or even do not wish that your loved ones do, there are several reasons for you to support this legalization effort:

  1. The State wastes millions of dollars in law enforcement costs, court costs and incarceration costs on individuals who simply in possession of marijuana. These people are not endangering anyone and are possessing a substance that is SAFER THAN ALCOHOL.
  2. The State of Michigan and its cities will all profit from marijuana legalization which will fund great social initiatives like public schools, roads and city services. Every Michigan citizen will enjoy life more.
  3. Michigan will be safer by substantially decreasing or eliminating the black market marijuana industry which causes violence and increased weapons on Michigan streets.
  4. Medical marijuana which has been proven to be so effective will flourish and continue to be more available to those in need. Also, continued research will provide additional medical benefits and uses for marijuana and its active chemical components such as THC and CBD.
  5. A legalized marijuana market will create thousands of legitimate jobs which will definitely stimulate Michigan’s economy.
  6. Legalization will promote the public health, welfare, safety of ALL of our citizens.
  7. I can’t think of a reason NOT to legalize other than I may make less money as a criminal defense attorney and I DONT CARE ABOUT NOR DO I WANT TO MAKE MONEY FROM SIMPLE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA.
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In the same way Michigan received medical marijuana, by voter ballot initiative, the state may legalize recreational possession and use of marijuana. Presently there are two competing petitions circulating for obtaining the required number of signatures to place their respective law on the ballot. They each need 250,000 signatures which is alot. Each initiative is discussed below:

MI LEGALIZE proposed by the Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee

Read the Proposed Ballot Language

About the Initiative

  • Legalize all forms marijuana for adults 21 and older- including topicals, oils, and tinctures.
  • Allow for adults to cultivate up to 12 plants and possess the harvest received from those plants.
  • Allows transfers of marijuana from one person to another of up to 2.5 ounces without renumeration.
  • Allows for criminal prosecution for sales of marijuana to person less than 21 years old with higher penalties if it occurs at or near a school.
  • Calls for child protective packaging and proper labeling and testing of all forms of marijuana.
  • Allows the manufacture of industrial hemp.
  • Allows for hemp and marijuana research.
  • Does not allow for use of marijuana for persons under the age of 21 unless for medical purposes with parental consent.
  • does not allow the use of marijuana when driving a vehicle.
  • Allow for the cultivation, possession, and otherwise processing of hemp and hemp products.
  • Grants medical marijuana patients & consumers additional legal protections.
  • Provide licensing to marijuana establishments and cultivation facilities.
  • Allow a ten percent excise tax on recreational marijuana sales that will contribute to state funds for education, transportation and a portion for local government, tax will not apply to medical marijuana patients.
  • Remove all criminal penalties for distribution, cultivation, and possession of marijuana with the exception of sale to an unauthorized minor.
  • Allow for civil infractions to be issued if the person is in violation of the act.
  • Protect consumers from search, seizure, and investigation by law enforcement for marijuana related offenses.
  • Authorize local units of government to adopt limited regulation of marihuana facilities and stores.

MCC – Michigan Cannabis Coalition

Read the Proposed Ballot Language

  • Allows marijuana use and possession by people 21 years or older.
  • Calls for no more than two plants per household, homegrown cannot be sold but may be transferred.
  • Allows for commercial cultivation and retail marijuana operations.
  • Provides no limitation of government imposed taxes.
  • Establishes a Michigan Cannabis Control Board which would license the facilities, administer and enforce the act.

Differences between the MI Legalize and MCC ballot initiatives

Both plans will not disturb the existing medical marijuana laws which is great.

One of the biggest differences in the amount of plants a person can grow at home. MI Legalize allows 12 while MCC allows only two her household.

MI Legalize ballot language is more comprehensive, clear and concise. Vague statutory language is very difficult to enact and interpret.

MI Legalize is more of a free market model which calls for industry regulation but with a shared and progressive distribution climate.

MI Legalize removes the criminal penalties that have economically crippled our society and unreasonably jailed otherwise law abiding citizens of our state but also establishes criminal penalties for sale of marijuana to persons under 21 and calls for harsher penalties for sales to those under 18 and near schools.

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MI Legalize allows for hemp and marijuana research to promote education and societal prosperity regarding marijuana and hemp uses.

MI Legalize provides specific protection from abusive law enforcement practices including prohibition of search and seizure for lawful marijuana related activities.

Barton Morris supports MI Legalize

I fully support the MI Legalize Initiative only and ask that all of my clients, friends and associates do as well. The ballot language is more comprehensive, liberal and seeks to cure the decades of oppressive marijuana laws that have unfairly penalized our citizens and our State by needlessly wasting our precious resources.

MI Legalize needs two things:

  1. Ballot Signatureshere are a list of locations where you can sign. There are petitions at my office as well that can be signed for any county in which you are registered to vote. We need 250,000 before December 21, 2015.
  2. Donations. MI Legalize needs money to sustain this effort. We need to pay people to obtain these signitures, Signature validation, legal costs. Even a donation as little as $20 is significantly appreciated. Larger donations are welcomed as well. I have donated $1,500 thus far and plan on making regular contributors as this campaign continues. You can donate here.

About marijuana, Lansing Mayor Verg Bernero has stated that “The pragmatic approach is to pull it out of the shadows, where you can shine the light of day and regulate it,” Bernero said. ” Change is in the air – not just the haze.”

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Barton Morris is the principal attorney of the Cannabis Legal Group, a Royal Oak law firm specializing in all marijuana related legal issues including criminal defense, business law, licensing, consulting, land use and real property. Barton is known as a cannabis law specialist in Michigan having developed this expertise since 2008 with the enactment of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. He is a council member of the Marijuana Law Section of the Michigan Bar Association and chair of its science committee. One of the ways Barton has developed his marijuana law specialty is through the training he received becoming the only attorney in Michigan certified by the American Chemical Society as a Forensic Lawyer-Scientist maintaining a focus on marijuana related science. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College and sits on its Alumni Board of Directors. Barton maintains board positions with the DUI Defense Lawyers Association and the Michigan Association of OWI attorneys. He also is on the faculty of both of those organizations regularly providing presentations and teaching lawyers from all over the country. Barton has been recognized professionally with several awards including being rated 10/10 by AVVO, and a Super Lawyer Magazine outstanding attorney in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Dbusiness Magazine also named Barton Morris a Top Attorney in Metro Detroit in 2012 and 2013 and named the Cannabis Legal Group the “Face of Cannabis Law” for 2016.

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