This November, voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In anticipation of that vote, pro-legalization advocacy group The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Wednesday released an analysis of the arrests made in Michigan in 2016 that were marijuana related.

Conducted by Shenandoah University Criminal Justice Professor Jon Gettman and paid for by the campaign, the data showed that while over 20,000 people were arrested in the state of Michigan in 2016 for marijuana possession, 90% of those arrests were for made for having an ounce or less.

During a press conference at LINC’s headquarters Madison and Hall, Daniel Krueger, a retired, Republican Ottawa County Clerk made his case for passing Prop 3, saying it’s a good move towards democracy because it removes barriers to the vote. 

“There are many instances where people don’t have the ability to get to the precinct on election day. Our society has changed. We are a more mobile society. We have both parents in families that are working, and things need to change with that change in society.” 

Sergeant Jon Wu, supervisor in the Vice Unit of the Grand Rapids Police Department, says as the state heads to potentially legalizing recreational marijuana the department is preparing to increase enforcement. 

“The way that some of the proposals are written now, there is going to be a pretty high tax on the marijuana that’s grown, and when you have a high tax on something you begin to have a black market in that to avoid that tax.” 


Scott Greenlee heads Healthy and Productive Michigan, a group of citizens trying to prevent the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state before it becomes “Big Tobacco 2.0.” 

“From a strategy standpoint, it is going to be a lot of education. We are going to really point out some of the myths that are going on with regard to the state of Colorado, and other states that have legalized it, and we want to prevent our great state from going through that.” 

The legalization of Marijuana as a human rights issue

Sep 5, 2018
Tami Vandenberg

Medical Marijuana activist, and local business owner, Tami Vandenberg says legalizing marijuana is about the criminal justice system. 

“An astounding amount of people in the criminal justice system are there for small amounts of drugs, possession. I mean, you know, you are looking at probably half to three quarters of the people that are incarcerated right now.” 

47% percent of Americans admit to using some kind of illegal at some point during their lifetime, explains Vandenberg, but the situation gets a little more complicated when you are a person of color.

34 percent of those polled in Michigan lean towards voting no on recreational marijuana according to Michigan State University’s polls from this past May.  

Chris Becker, Kent County Prosecutor, is among those opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan. 

What is the risk of marijuana addiction?

Aug 22, 2018
Andre Guerra

The most recent version from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2016, found that about 4 million people meet the behavior diagnosis of a marijuana use disorder. 

Licensed professional counselor from Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services,  Scott Nuismer, argues  the recovery process will be more difficult because the drug is considered quote on quote “safe” by the government. 

Becoming a Marijuana businessowner in Michigan

Aug 9, 2018
Josiah Weiss

With the legalization of marijuana will come the oppoirtunity for Michiganders to become part of a booming industry.  So what would it take to get a license, and eventually open up a dispensary? 

“In order to get a license for your marijuana business in Michigan whether you are going to grow, or process, or transport, or test or provision you need to have a license from the state of Michigan and that license requires you have a business plan and a marketing plan and a whole lot of other stuff.” 

The Grand Rapids City Commission has voted to allow medical marijuana facilities in the western Michigan city.

The ordinance approved Tuesday will allow up to 53 provisioning centers and up to 83 medical marijuana facilities, which include growers, processors and others. They'll need proper state licensing and special land use approval from the city's planning commission.

The ordinance goes into effect Nov. 1.

Two family members have been sentenced to prison for a scheme to pay bribes for a medical marijuana dispensary in a Detroit suburb.

The case involved officials in Garden City, who notified federal investigators when they were approached in 2016.

Mike Baydoun was sentenced to 18 months in prison Tuesday, while nephew Jalal Baydoun was given a year and a day. Another relative, Ali Baydoun, was placed on three years of supervised release in April.