The costly War on Drugs continues to erode personal liberties without curbing drug trade or use. This heavy-handed tactic has failed. The ACLU supports a public health approach, including investment in drug treatment, education, and regulation of drug availability. The ACLU’s goal is to end punitive drug policies that cause the widespread violation of constitutional and human rights, as well as unprecedented levels of incarceration.
ACLU Lauds Michigan Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Local Medical Marijuana Bans
In a unanimous decision late yesterday, the Michigan Supreme Court struck down the City of Wyoming’s ordinance that bans medical marijuana because it directly violates the state’s Medical Marihuana Act.
Crucial Medical Marijuana Case Heard by Michigan Supreme Court
With the fate Michigan’s medical marijuana law hanging in the balance, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan appeared before the state Supreme Court today to argue that the City of Wyoming’s ordinance banning medical marijuana should be struck down because it is in direct violation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
Michigan Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Medical Marihuana Act
The ACLU is defending the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act before the state’s Supreme Court this week, and the stakes could not be higher. Powerful interest groups have filed briefs asking the Supreme Court to declare that the entire medical marijuana law is “void in its entirety” and without effect.
If the court agrees, legal protections for more than 125,000 patients and caregivers could be wiped out with the stroke of a pen.
Michigan Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Medical Marijuana Patients
This week, the ACLU is defending the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act before the state’s Supreme Court and the stakes could not be higher.
Powerful interest groups have filed briefs asking the Supreme Court to declare that the entire medical marijuana law is “void in its entirety” and without effect. If the court agrees, legal protections for more than 125,000 patients and caregivers could be wiped out with the stroke of a pen.
Weekly Rights Review: All the Fees Beings Placed on Freedom
Public schools charging fees for classes? Police taking innocent people’s cars? Law enforcement detaining people for years without a trial? What’s going on? Find out how all these outrageous practices are occurring and what we’re doing to stop them in this week’s rights review.
Weekly Rights Review: Arrest Disparities, and Free Speech Violations, and Surveillance Atrocities, Oh My!
Revelations about civil rights violations have been bountiful this past week. We have discovered that black people are arrested for marijuana possession at a very disproportionate rate; activists have been told that they cannot hand out flyers on public sidewalks; and the government has been tracking innocent citizens’ phone calls.
Luckily, though, there are people out there working to protect your rights, freedoms, and liberties.
Black People Found to be 3 Times More Likely to be Arrested for Marijuana Possession than Whites in Michigan, Despite Equal Usage Rates
According to a new report by the ACLU, blacks were arrested for marijuana possession at 3.3 times the rate of whites in Michigan in 2010, despite comparable marijuana usage rates.
Weekly Rights Review: Questioning Right to Work, Defending Patients’ Rights to Medical Marijuana
Are Michigan's labor unions beating against a locked door? In your civil liberties update for the week, a big step towards invalidating the so-called Right-to-Work law and we're fighting for Michiganders access to both medical marijuana and justice.
This week's action alert warns that sure, analog has a warmer sound... but unless we take action our Fourth Amendment rights might not go digital. Read more and take action below.
Michigan Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Medical Marijuana Case
The Michigan Supreme Court said today it will hear arguments in an American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan case seeking to strike down the City of Wyoming’s ordinance that bans medical marijuana because it directly violates the state’s Medical Marihuana Act.
The lawsuit was originally filed in November 2010 on behalf of John Ter Beek, a retired attorney and medical marijuana patient who suffers from diabetes and a neurological disorder that causes neuropathy and severe pain. In August 2012, the state appeals court declared the ordinance “void and unenforceable.”