MI: Marijuana march in Detroit aims to get legalization question on November ballot

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    Marijuana march in Detroit aims to get legalization question on November ballot

    Bill Laitner | 5.5.2012 | Detroit Free Press

    As thousands of Tiger baseball fans streamed through downtown Detroit’s Grand Circus Park on their way to today’s game this afternoon, some spied a gathering of about 200 people on the east side of the park.

    And some stopped to sign petitions to legalize marijuana, said John Landino, 56, of Eastpointe, part of Detroit’s 12th-annual Marijuana March, noon-6 p.m. today. Supporters of medical uses for the drug joined with those who want it legalized for recreational and other uses at the event, said Landino. He’s a medical-marijuana user who has a deteriorating spine, he said.

    Tiger fans from Oakland, Macomb and Kent counties signed his petitions, he said. The petitions are aimed at getting a legalization question on November ballots. Volunteers must gather about 323,000 signatures by early July, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office has said.

    “This is a good thing for educating the public,” Detroiter Tim Beck said at 3:15 p.m., after addressing the crowd through a microphone borrowed from a rock band that had been playing.

    “Little by little, I think we’re getting through to people,” said Beck, president of Michigan Benefit Providers in Detroit — a managed-care health insurance firm — and a long-time advocate of legalizing the drug.

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