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Michigan activists are banding together to push back against the state’s legal code. Yes, it is true that medical cannabis has been legal in Michigan since 2008, and 2018 saw the legalization of recreational adult cannabis in the Great Lakes State. However, cannabis is currently listed as a Schedule 1 substance in the state’s Controlled Substances Act.
In other words, the criminal drug laws in Michigan currently contradict both of the legalization law and the medical cannabis law. A lawsuit served to the Michigan State Board of Pharmacy aims to correct that issue. Long-time activist Josey Scoggin, founder of Sons and Daughters United, along with John Sinclair and a number of other activists are plaintiffs in this lawsuit.
These activists claim that the laws of place in the state make it clear that cannabis no longer needs the requirements for a Schedule 1 drug. Furthermore, the continued inclusion of cannabis on the Schedule 1 list opens medical cannabis patients with serious conditions to law enforcement harassment and the potential to lose custody of their children.
Although similar strategies have failed at the federal level, it is important to note that the federal government has not embraced legalization of medical or recreational Cannabis. Attorneys will have a much easier time arguing the descheduling of cannabis in Michigan, where citizens have already made it clear multiple times that they no longer wish this powerful plant to be treated like an illicit substance.
Ladybud wants to give a shout out to Josey Scoggin, John Sinclair, and everyone else who continues to fight for freedom in Michigan and across the United States. Through a combination of voter initiatives, court cases, educational advocacy, and outspoken activism, real change will continue to improve legal access to cannabis and decrease the corruption and institutionalized violence that prohibition has bred.
For previous Ladybud articles about cannabis in Michigan, click here.