by Rick Thompson/June 10, 2020
A key piece of Michigan’s legalization program faces possible change and there is resistance to the proposal.
Michigan’s Prop. 1 language allocated funds to be used to research cannabis uses in combating PTSD in veterans. A Michigan lawmaker would like to re-purpose those funds. A famous cannabis researcher, who was the original intended recipient of those research dollars, is asking state leaders to avoid making a change in that program.
Dr Sue Siseley is writing a letter to the governor of Michigan and other leaders to urge them to not divert funding for research on cannabis and veterans. The Senate bill proposes to reallocate the funds to researching police suicides.
Jamie Lowell, Board member of MILegalize, and Rick Thompson, Board member of both MILegalize and NORML of Michigan, explain the situation under which those funds were allocated within the marijuana legalization program, a voter directed initiative.
“The bill would need a supermajority vote,” Jamie Lowell reminds viewers, a difficult hurdle for lawmakers to overcome in order to change the language of a voter directed initiative. Thompson scores extra style points for using the words “willy-nilly” into the dialog, according to himself.
This segment was recorded live during the Jazz Cabbage Cafe radio show, June 9, 2020. Watch the segment on YouTube at the link below: