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at a protest rally for him in Ann Arbor that attracted thousands in December 1971.
Three days later, he was released when the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the state marijuana rules were unconstitutional.
“It was rewarding,” Sinclair said of the support. “How do you think I felt? I felt like I vindicated my position, that I was right.”
The following March in 1972, Michigan was without any marijuana laws, effectively legalizing it for 22 days.
Bills in the state Legislature have been introduced to allow people convicted of multiple violations of possessing a controlled substance to apply to have their records cleared of those crimes. Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer also has said she is in favor of forgiving marijuana crimes.
Sinclair has no regrets about starting on the drug in 1962 as a college student. He began carrying a medical marijuana card when it became legal in Michigan in 2008. He says he always had believed marijuana is safe and that the work is not finished yet.
“It’s never completed,” he said. “It’s a good step forward, but they’re still going to mess with it. The police forces were institutionally lobbying the public against the legalization of marijuana. They’re deeply committed. It’s their livelihood. They won’t just stop.”
Detroit police Chief James Craig said during a press conference on Wednesday that the department had issued a framework to officers on how to enforce the law and a full training directive will be issued over the next month.
Young said said despite legalization, she’ll continue to be a marijuana caregiver. She’s one of the most respected growers in Metro Detroit with a clientele of hundreds, she said.
“I feel like it helps people and right now people are in a difficult spot because there’s a shortage of cannabis with an increase in prices,” she said. “The state is taking so long to issue licenses and it takes about five months to grow a single crop ... it’ll take months for people to have enough to issue. I’m a grower and have been for five years. My patients don’t have to worry.”
Downtown, next door to Nino’s Italian Bakery advertising a dozen doughnuts for $7.99, the yet-to-be-open Greenhouse provisioning center was hosting guests and educating them on the new rules.
“We don’t want this place to be in the dark or a secret,” said Millen, the owner. “I want that stigma to be gone.”
Rex Shefferly said he believes recreational legalization will help to keep people out of jail.
“People were calling for it,” said the 28-year-old engineer from Farmington Hills. “It’s a good thing that we’re going to get rid of the war on drugs. We have so many nonviolent offenders in our prisons.”
Others, such as Michelle Thurston, 39, said they hope it will help with substance abuse. Thurston said several of her relatives have died from alcohol.
“I couldn’t vote (the proposal) down,” said the former Pfizer employee from Commerce Township said. “It’s better than alcohol.”
Debra Young, 61, of Ferndale, smokes at a party celebrating the first day of legal recreational marijuana use at the Cannabis Counsel in Detroit.
A hanging restaurant suspended by a crane — inspired by Santa’s sleigh — overlooks the skyline of Kuala Lumpur.
Elvis Presley now appears on a traffic light in Friedberg, Germany, where Presley served from 1958 to 1960 as a soldier.