Drug Policy

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.

Michigan Appeals Court Strikes Down City's Ban on Medical Marijuana

Michigan Appeals Court Strikes Down City's Ban on Medical Marijuana

2012-08-01 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded a state appeals court decision today declaring the City of Wyoming’s ordinance that bans medical marijuana “void and unenforceable” 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.

Michigan Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Medical Marijuana Patients

Michigan Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Medical Marijuana Patients

2012-05-31 00:00:00

In a victory for medical marijuana patients throughout the state, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the Court of Appeals had wrongly denied a registered patient the right to raise a medical defense when he was brought up on charges of growing marijuana inside his own home and in his own back yard. This is the first time the Supreme Court weighed in on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the first major decision in favor of a medical marijuana patient in the state.

ACLU Tells Federal Appeals Court to Reinstate Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart for Wrongfully Firing Medical Marijuana Patient

ACLU Tells Federal Appeals Court to Reinstate Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart for Wrongfully Firing Medical Marijuana Patient

2012-04-18 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union today argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that its lawsuit charging Wal-Mart and the manager of its Battle Creek, Mich. store with wrongfully firing an employee for using medical marijuana in accordance with state law should be reinstated. The patient, Joseph Casias, used marijuana outside of work to treat the painful symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer.

ACLU, Livonia Settle Lawsuit Challenging Unconstitutional Breath Test of 13-Year-Old

ACLU, Livonia Settle Lawsuit Challenging Unconstitutional Breath Test of 13-Year-Old

2011-12-16 00:00:00

The lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on behalf of a 13-year-old student who was forced by Livonia police to submit to an unconstitutional breathalyzer test has been settled. The City of Livonia has agreed to institute new policies and training to prevent unconstitutional breathalyzer searches of minors from occurring in the future. United States District Judge George Caram Steeh dismissed the case this week after the settlement agreement was reached.

Medical Marijuana: a Cure, Not a Crime

Medical Marijuana: a Cure, Not a Crime

2011-09-29 00:00:00

Joseph Casias has battled sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor for more than a decade. His condition has required extensive treatment and chemotherapy, interferes with his ability to speak, and is a source of severe and daily pain. The pain relief medicine prescribed by Joseph's oncologist helped a little, but he continued to experience constant pain and nausea, a side effect of the medication.

ACLU Challenges Unconstitutional Breath Test of 13-Year-Old in Livonia

ACLU Challenges Unconstitutional Breath Test of 13-Year-Old in Livonia

2011-09-20 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a 13-year-old boy who was forced by the Livonia police to submit to a breath test even though they did not have a warrant authorizing the procedure. The teen was not drinking and police had no evidence that he had broken the law.

Summer Legislative Update

Summer Legislative Update

2011-08-31 00:00:00

The Michigan Legislature has had a long vacation, but as the summer winds down it's time to review upcoming legislation. During July and August, committee hearings and other discussions have been going on but no legislation has been voted on.

What follows is a list of the bills currently on the House and Senate calendars that the ACLU is watching.

Your Weekly Rights Review - July 1, 2011

Your Weekly Rights Review - July 1, 2011

2011-07-01 00:00:00

This week, we're defending your right to talk smack about politicians online. It's what the Founding Fathers did, after all (except for the online part).

In other news you can use, one of our clients explains the difference between being a "hippy" and being a legal, registered medical marijuana patient.

Michigan News

We're not Hippies!

Thursday, the court again heard arguments in our case against a Livonia ordinance that bans medical marijuana without reaching a decision.

Your Weekly Rights Review: June 24, 2011

Your Weekly Rights Review: June 24, 2011

2011-06-24 00:00:00

Do you love Fellini films? How about M.C. Escher drawings, Rachmaninoff concertos or The Lord of the Rings?

All these amazing artworks were in the public domain before a federal law allowed some people to make a profit at the expense of everyone's First Amendment rights.

Other stories include big news on the medical marijuana front and one Michigan college now offers second chances to students.

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December 11, 2015
In 2012, Grand Rapids became one of several cities in Michigan where the voters have chosen to decriminalize the possession and use of marijuana. The drug...
November 04, 2015
When Rick Braska was required by his employer to take a drug test, the results came back positive for traces of marijuana. Mr. Braska was immediately fired...
February 06, 2014
In 2008 the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) was approved by an overwhelming majority of Michigan voters, including significant majorities in Birmingham,...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
August 31, 2011 Update
The Michigan Legislature has had a long vacation, but as the summer winds down it's time to review upcoming legislation. During July and August, committee...
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July 01, 2016 Drug Testing, Drug Policy, welfare
ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – June 27, 2016 As 2014 drew to a close, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law an ill-advised piece of legislation that required a one...
December 29, 2014 2014
While we’re certainly not shy at the ACLU of Michigan about making our voice heard, there are still many instances in which our work doesn’t always get...
February 07, 2014 Medical Marijuana
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...
October 10, 2013
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...
August 09, 2013 Weekly Rights Review
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?...
June 09, 2013 Weekly Rights Review
Revelations about civil rights violations have been bountiful this past week. We have discovered that black people are arrested for marijuana possession at a...
June 04, 2013
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...
April 05, 2013 Weekly Rights Review
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-...
August 01, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded a state appeals court decision today declaring the City of Wyoming’s ordinance that bans medical...
May 31, 2012
In a victory for medical marijuana patients throughout the state, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the Court of Appeals had wrongly...
April 18, 2012 Medical Marijuana
The American Civil Liberties Union today argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that its lawsuit charging Wal-Mart and the manager of...
December 16, 2011 Search & Seizure
The lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on behalf of a 13-year-old student who was forced by Livonia police to submit to an...
September 29, 2011 Medical Marijuana
Joseph Casias has battled sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor for more than a decade. His condition has required extensive treatment and chemotherapy,...
September 20, 2011 Search & Seizure
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a 13-year-old boy who was forced by the Livonia police to submit to a...
June 23, 2011
In an order announced today, the Michigan Supreme Court agreed to review the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan’s appeal in the case of a registered...
April 27, 2011 Work Place Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union today urged a federal appeals court to reinstate its lawsuit against Wal-Mart and the manager of its Battle Creek store for...
April 01, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked the state’s highest court yesterday to review the case of a registered medical marijuana patient who is...
March 17, 2011
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority must adopt written guidelines for landlords and local public housing agencies to address the evictions of...
February 25, 2011 Your Weekly Rights Review
Another busy week at the ACLU of Michigan. Even during one of the snowiest Februarys on record, our offices in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids are buzzing...
December 16, 2010
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it will represent a registered patient who is challenging the City of Wyoming’s ordinance...
December 01, 2010
In an effort to defend the rights of medical marijuana patients and caregivers throughout the state, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sued the...
August 11, 2010
In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Flint Housing Commission to reconsider a proposal to require all public subsidized...
July 29, 2010
Detroit – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham officials to uphold the rights of medical...
April 05, 2006 Flint
While the charges against the 93 drug-free young people arrested at a Flint nightclub have not yet been thrown out, the American Civil Liberties Union of...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan will ask a Flint judge to dismiss charges against 93 young men and women who were arrested, strip searched and/...
August 04, 2005 Student Rights
The ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a police practice of forcing pedestrians under age 21 to take a Breathalyzer test without first...
December 18, 2003 Drug Testing
Michigan’s attempt to impose mandatory drug tests on all welfare recipients has finally come to an end, the American Civil Liberties Union announced today...
March 26, 2003
The challenge to Michigan’s welfare drug testing law will be reviewed again, this time by all active judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals, when oral argument is...
January 24, 2003 Drug Testing
In an interesting turn of events this week, the ACLU of Michigan was victorious on two different cases that are before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in...
October 18, 2002
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan criticized a court ruling issued today that will permit random drug testing of welfare recipients. The 3-judge...
June 05, 2001 Drug Testing
To stop Grand Blanc High School's drug testing program, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a motion on Tuesday in an on-going lawsuit asking...
June 05, 2001 Privacy & Technology
To stop Grand Blanc High School's drug testing program, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a motion on Tuesday in an on-going lawsuit asking...
November 14, 2000 Forfeiture Law
Fred Lipke picked up $2000 from the City of Wayne Police Department today. A police officer had seized the money from Lipke this June when Lipke brought it to...
September 05, 2000 Drug Policy
A federal district judge today blocked the country's first-ever law requiring welfare recipients to undergo drug testing, saying that the policy, enacted by...
March 28, 2000 Search & Seizure
The ACLU of Michigan, representing Grand Blanc student Micah White, filed a lawsuit today in Genesee County Circuit Court challenging a policy at the school to...
In a ruling that will impact young adults throughout the state, a federal judge ruled that the police may no longer force pedestrians under age 21 to take a...
In a victory for privacy rights, the ACLU of Michigan announced today that a special 12-member panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has halted the...