State rep announces bill to legalize marijuana at Hash Bash
Dozens of activists -- including comedian Tommy Chong, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) -- spoke out about the various merits of marijuana at the 44th Annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor Saturday.
Jim Powers told the large, smoky crowd gathered at the University of Michigan's Diag how cannabis oil has helped heal his 6-year-old son, Ryan, who was an autoimmune disease.
But Powers is not happy about the hazy implementation of the medical marijuana law.
"The state of Michigan has failed my family," he added.
The crowd heard other personal stories from folks like 18-year-old Alyssa Erwin, who says cannabis oil has rid her body of cancer not once, but twice.
She was diagnosed with brain cancer at 14. She did chemo, but it made her sick, she said. Then she started taking cannabis oil.
"(It) saved my life," she said. "I told my parents: no more chemo."
Doctors at the University of Michigan Health System eventually pronounced her cancer free.
But then it came back last July worse than before. Erwin got cannabis oil back in her system and now doctors say she's 75 percent cancer-free.
"By law, I'm taking a medicine that is saving my life but is still illegal," she said. "We need these laws to change."
Veteran Dakota Serna said marijuana has helped him recover from the horrors of war.
"I watched some good people die, I saw some bad people die," he said, adding that smoking marijuana has helped bring him back from some dark mental places.
In addition to the personal stories of people helped by pot, politicians and members of various pro-marijuana organizations addressed the crowd.
Irwin said he is drafting a bill to introduce into the state legislature that would legalize marijuana in Michigan much like it has in other states.
"It's going to be Colorado improved in the Great Lakes state," he said.
Bernero said he is in favor of seeing the laws changed.
Edmond police find 500-plant marijuana grow
Edmond police say they have located their biggest marijuana grow ever.
“The homeowner called us,” said Jenny Monroe, spokesperson for the Edmond Police Department. “When officers arrived, they saw the back door open and they could see a venting system and all the wiring coming out of the back of the house. They could see some plants and smell a strong chemical odor.”
Inside the home, located in the 1300 block of Jamestown, investigators found roughly 500 pot plants, some as tall as 4 feet.
“The entire home was covered with plants,” said Monroe. “Everywhere except the kitchen.”
The operation was so large, investigators brought in a 22-foot U-Haul truck to clear the home.
According to police, their investigation started a few months ago when a utility company noticed the power had been cut off.
The marijuana growers were siphoning electricity from their neighbors to fuel their illegal activity, police said.
“I saw the guy once,” said neighbor Bill Womble. “He came over once asking if our power was out. That was the only time I saw him.”
Investigators said they’re working on tracking down the people behind the grow operation.
“They were cash-paying renters. The landlord said they never had any issues. This operation was going on in this neighborhood without anyone really being aware of the situation,” said Monroe.
It’s believed the renters may have skipped town.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call Edmond police.
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