October 2, 2007
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In May, the Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care (MCCC) launched a petition drive to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Michigan. It has come close to collecting the 300,000 signatures needed to place this issue before the legislature and the voters.
Unfortunately, the board of canvassers has only been validating signatures at a rate of 60%. So many more valid signatures are needed to make this happen.
October is a do or die month for this effort. It would be a shame to come this close to making medical marijuana legal in Michigan, only to miss the boat by a few signatures. Too much time and money has been invested. If you care at all about this issue, dedicate the next three and a half weeks to the petition effort.
It pays at least $1 per signature with special bonnuses for turning in large numbers of them.
If you are a registered Michigan voter and would like to sign or circulate the MCCC's petition to place a medical marijuana initiative on the 2008 ballot, please contact MCCC Petition Organizer Krystal Martinez by phone at 313-615-6702, or by e-mail. If you are a Michigan resident and either not currently registered to vote or unsure about the status of your registration, please be sure to note this.
Krystal Martinez email:
Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care
P.O. Box 20489, Ferndale, MI 48220
At the Mackinac Island Republican Leadership Conference, Congressman Ron Paul place third (slightly defeating Rudolf Giuliani), clearly positioning him as a first tier candidate. Though he is running as a Republican, Ron Paul was the Libertarian candidate for president in 1988, and has not changed his views much since then. In a Gun Owners of America Poll (also at Mackinac Island) Ron Paul received 75% of the vote.
A number of Libertarians attended the conference. While this may seem paradoxical, the fact is that I have encountered at least 100 Ron Paul supporters who identify themselves as “Libertarian” even though I have not seen them attend LPM functions. Apparently it took a man like Ron Paul to get them motivated. Furthermore the “L-word” was spoken at the Conference. MCRI endorser and co-architect, Ward Connerly described himself as a “libertarian Republican” in a presentation he gave along with MCRI director, Jennifer Gratz.
Paul has made no attempt to distance himself from his Libertarian roots. Apparently this was just fine with many of the Republicans in New Jersey. This past Sunday Ron Paul won the New Jersey straw poll by a landslide. He was favored by 77% of the participants. He was introduced by 1997 New Jersey Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate, Murray Sabrin.
Needless to say, the dominant media culture has gone out of their way to avoid conceding Paul’s successes. They emphasize any polls that show Ron Paul as hopeless, and ignore any evidence that shows the opposite. The former results have been in Polls that rely on the use of land-lines. Meanwhile, mainstream America is far more likely to use cell phones and the Internet. The proof of the pudding will be in the primaries. Many news outlets may find themselves in the same boat as the Chicago Daily Tribune (in 1948) when it published the infamous headline: DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.
On October 9th, The University of Michigan, Dearborn, will be co-hosting a Forum for Republican Presidential Candidates. The building in which the debate will be held is at the intersection of Michigan and Greenfield. There will be parking at the grocery store across the street, and at the nearby library.
The Rally may start as early as 2PM. The Debate will be from 4PM to 6PM.
Anyone interested in participating should contact David at:
Or call: (313)-300-9696
At its October 7 meeting, the Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee will select the LPM's representative to the 2008 Libertarian Party National Convention Platform Committee. Any LPM member interested in the appointment should submit their request for appointment and a resume setting forth their qualifications to LPM Secretary Emily Salvette at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, October 3. The Platform Committee will meet in Las Vegas February 15-17 at the annual Libertarian State Leadership Alliance Conference, to prepare its preliminary report to delegates, and then again in Denver prior to the National Convention, which will be held May 21-25, 2008.
The deadline for submissions to the next issue of the Michigan Libertarian will be Friday, October 5th. Please send all news, events, articles, and advertisments to MichiganLibertarian@Gmail.com.
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