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Thursday, November 5, 2015

MMM Report Feature Artist: Ultraviolet Hippopotamus - by Hemptress Jolene

     If you know me and my love for Michigan Music, then you have heard me mention one of my favorite bands of all time, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, for hippo-pod-am-i.  When I think of the word stumble, I think of them... for stumble upon them I did.  I didn’t meet the hippo crew because they played an awesome set, (they did play an awesome set, but that came later) I met them because I blocked them from unloading at a small festival.  Yup that’s right.  Picture this:

     It’s a small festival, a few hundred of us, getting together on an early June’s weekend down on Grant’s farm back when he was playing with this band this other great Michigan Band.  The loading area for the festival is the musicians and me, the only vendor.  So, I pull up in between bands and start unloading my stuff, putting up the tent so on and so forth.  It takes me a minute, it is just me and there is a lot of work to do.  And working was just what I was doing when suddenly I hear, “Ma’am, um could you move your car?”

The Sky is Falling! We Cannot Legalize Marijuana! - by Daniel L. Price

     Ever wonder why it is that when people want to take your freedom they always use that four letter word, FEAR?  I have heard them all in my life: 

     If you don’t pass the millage, the children will suffer; if we don’t raise taxes, your fires won’t be put out, your homes won’t be protected by police, and of course, your roads won’t get fixed. 

     Well, in the context of marijuana it’s the same old song and dance.  Fear the high people driving on the road!  Fear the drug addicts will be stoned at work!  Fear the neighborhoods will lose property values due to pot houses!  Also, the oldie but goodie, Fear the children will get drugs more easily!  I mean, isn’t using children to get anything pretty sad, and pretty old?  The most interesting thing is that the fear is real, but not what we are told.  The real fear is of those who desire to control the behavior of others.  That fear is simply that freedom might break out everywhere, and they will lose control over others. 

All in the Family - by Adam Brook

     I am no Paul Lynde. However, being the center square is important. You are asked to play more and you will be part of a winning team more often than not. Bring me something I can support (or pay me) and I’m there 100%.

     Movement is how I described the cohesiveness of who we are and what we did as pot activists. Times have changed. Things are moving in a mostly positive direction.


Bitter Herbs - by Rebecca Veenstra

     Why would anyone choose to eat bitter herbs? Even if they were good for you wouldn’t you want to make them taste better?

     Not necessarily.... sometimes a spoonful of sugar just ruins the medicine. Probably you have heard of Agnostura bitters? Perhaps you have seen the odd little brown bottle with the ill-fitting paper label on the shelf at the grocery store and wondered what the heck it was...

     Anyone who has mixed cocktails has likely put a dash of the strange concoction into the shaker before. Maybe you remember your Grandma or Grandpa telling  you it would settle your tummy--or perhaps a friend offered it as a sure fire cure for a hang over.

     The practice of using bitters had mostly receded to folklore for quite some time here in the United States until recently. New small batch recipe companies and exclusive trendy stores are starting to carry bitters and extol their virtues as though they’d thought of it themselves.

The Verdict? NOT GUILTY - by Citizen Jay

     You know what?  I’m tired of waiting.  I’m tired of waiting to see if the Federal Government is going to legalize cannabis (we know they will eventually).  I’m tired of waiting to see if there will be more scientific studies done about the positive effects of cannabis.  I’m tired of waiting for my chosen candidate to wholeheartedly endorse the freedom of states to continue with their own cannabis legalization efforts.  I’m tired of waiting to see if “experiments” like the ones in Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and D.C. have been a success.
     Well, I say the wait is over.  There I’ve done it.  I’ve called it.  It’s done.  Caput.  Over.  No more “wait and see” necessary.  We’re past that now. 

Navigating the Legalization Crossroads - by Ben Horner

Will the State Take Over Medical Marijuana?

Tim Beck is well known in the cannabis community for his work with Michigan NORML, CPU, DPA and several other state and national pro-marijuana organizations. Tim led and helped pass most of the initiatives throughout the state for both legalization as well as medical marijuana. Mr. Beck has recently taken a position with the Michigan Responsibility Council (MRC), which represents a push by a well-financed lobbying group to establish a large scale state monopoly on the cultivation and distribution of cannabis in Michigan.  Senator Rick Jones chaired another of a series of meetings on the various medical marijuana reform bills this month. Beck informed the community the following:

     “Two of four scheduled testimonies were given before the meeting was cut short, when the Senators were abruptly called to session to possibly vote on the road bills. Senator Jones warned all attendees in advance that such a thing could happen and if it did, the testimonies will be heard another day.

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