Support For Medical Cannabis Is Broad And The Numbers From Michigan Make It Clear

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director November 11, 2008

    By George Rohrbacher, NORML Board Member, medical marijuana patient

    By a huge margin, 3,008,980 to 1,792,870, Michigan’s voters approved a ballot measure legalizing physician directed medical marijuana, making it America’s thirteenth state to legalize medical marijuana. State medical marijuana laws now cover over 25 percent of the nation’s population. Michigan became the first Midwest state to join this growing green fraternity.

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    Michigan Voters Pass Medical Marijuana Initiative Into Law, 83-0

    A review the Michigan State Auditor’s website and their county-by-county election results proves interesting reading. Medical marijuana won in every single county! All 83 counties in the state of Michigan—urban, suburban, or rural passed the measure, and by a margin of over a million votes. It had won in farming, logging, mining, and manufacturing counties! Everywhere the question was asked in Michigan on November 4, the electorate said yes to medical marijuana. In the state’s five largest urban counties, the margins were enormous, an eye-popping 2:1 vote for marijuana.

    Medical marijuana received 130,000 more votes in Michigan than even the Obama victory did.

    What a vote like this means is that in every part of Michigan, in every school district and voting precinct, every family and every church, in every community, that the people, one by one, have learned the undeniable truth of the utility of marijuana as a medicine—a ‘Truth’ with no expiration date.

    The publics’ first-hand knowledge on the subject (over 100 million Americans have tried pot themselves) is finally overcoming the wall of 71-years of lies and distortions about medical marijuana by our federal and state governments. The American public is slowly re-learning the truth about marijuana as a medicine, one person, one patient, one family, one neighbor and one election at a time.

    When Uncle Bob uses cannabis for his MS, and Mom needed pot when she underwent chemotherapy for breast cancer, and the kid next door uses it for his migraine headaches…the government can’t continue to lie to the voters anymore that pot is used only by ‘slackers who’re faking illness just as an excuse to ‘get high’. Sorry Congress and Executive Branch, America has seen too many instances where medical marijuana works, and works well. And, there are also now 17,000 scientific studies on the subject!

    The great state of Michigan, as a microcosm of America, showed November 4th we, as a country, have passed our tipping point on medical marijuana. Knowledge is tyranny’s biggest enemy. In the 2008 election, the Michigan voters showed, no matter how thick the government lays on the propaganda, nothing can cover up the truth about marijuana as medicine.



    3,008,980 63%


    1,792,870 37%

    BARACK OBAMA 2,875,308 (57%)

    JOHN MC CAIN 2,050,655 (43%)


    MEDICAL MARIJUANA (YES) = 83 (100%)


    BARACK OBAMA 48 Counties (57%)

    JOHN MC CAIN 35 Counties (43%)

    In 1937, when marijuana was outlawed against the American Medical Association’s recommendation, cannabis was a component of at least 28 patent medicines made by many pharmaceutical companies still in business today. This national prohibition not only removed cannabis from use as a medicine, but has also produced the social wreckage of 20 million arrests (with an additional 2,200 arrests daily) and today’s pot prohibition bill to taxpayers approaching $25 billion annually.

    With the ever-growing national realization that cannabis is one of “the safest therapeutically active substances known to man…”, the American people are taking back their rights to cannabis as medicine, one state at a time. Starting in California in 1996, thirteen states (eight states via voter initiative – five via state legislation) have now taken back their rights to marijuana as a medicine. After this week’s massive victory in Michigan, it is a clear sign that this culture war over medical marijuana is finally over, and the American people (and science) have won—the citizenry refuse to be denied the use of pot in their medicines chest any longer.

    President-elect Obama immediately upon taking office should seat a national commission to update the Shafer Commission and bring forward national legislation to address this vital health care and social issue.

    37 responses to “Support For Medical Cannabis Is Broad And The Numbers From Michigan Make It Clear”

    1. Not Done says:

      I think it is a great victory but I fear that it will still be a long time till marijuana is ACTUALLY accepted nationwide

    2. bob says:

      Excellent article, and I can only hope that you’re right and the trend continues. Ideally, at a faster rate than it has in the past.

    3. Paul Pearson says:

      Michigan is also the 2nd most populous state with medical marijuana laws. Unfortunately, I found out today (Nov. 12) an acquaintance of mine will most likely not live to see the Mich Dept of Comm Health set up it’s system 130 days from voter validation (2 weeks after election). He was, however, happy to see Prop 1 pass, and uses his best medicine for his ALS symptoms on a daily basis. But if he gets caught right now, he looses his medicine, which means he will die sooner.

    4. Watch zeitgeist the movie says:

      Weed beet obama by 130k because just as many republicans as democrats smoke weed.Hopefully some day the procannabis movement will figure out that constantly attacking republicans is counter productive.

      This idea that only democrats can bring change insures change will not come or at least not come quickly as legalization will not happen without republican party support. The republican party can’t support weed reform because they will be seen as having failed. You can see from Obama/Bush/Clinton’s various answers that politicians will do just about anything avoid admitting their wrong

      The currant system of some kinda legal states some totally illegal can easily last the rest of our lives.
      Anyone who really wants change had better start finding ways to appeal to both left and right.

    5. ph0ed1n says:

      Every time a change in the law is proposed to reduce or eliminate marijuana-related penalties, prohibitionists proclaim disaster if the law gets passed.

      Every time the law gets passed (which has happened fairly often), no such disaster seems to have occurred.

      Does NORML, or anyone else, have a database containing every such prohibitionist proclamation (articles, video clips, etc.)?

    6. Nick from Indiana says:

      “President-elect Obama immediately upon taking office should seat a national commission to update the Shafer Commission and bring forward national legislation to address this vital health care and social issue.”

      Wouldn’t that be nice. I doubt it’ll be much of a priority unfortunately.

    7. Cherokee Fred Hussein aka Stupid old man says:

      We are still not moving fast enough. In Atlanta 11/10 a young black man was sentenced to 8 thats eight years in jail for selling less than one oz of weed to a friend. Another non-violent young man who has his life ended with a feloney record. It is so bad the local grocery store here checks your back ground and if you have a felony they will not hire you at 6.00 an hour to stock shelves. The 0nes that amaze me the most are the followers of Christ that advocate continuing the War on US (drugs) how can these people still want to put there fellow humans in jail for using a herb? The modern church uses this issue to raise money with scare tactics, sounds like they took a lesson from our crooked senate/house. If they were true followers of Christ they would try to help people that need help not put them in jail. Also the need to quit trying to make everyone follow their way of thinking. This will never happen so quit trying to convert people that are not interested! If you follow your bible there is no section that advocates you judgeing others and ruining there life by following a scare tactic used to raise money. We that live and let live and do not judge are closer to the teachings of the bible than the one that shows up ever time a church opens the door. We will not support a war on the American poor and powerless like they do. I will never support an action that denies you the basic right to choose for yourself. The war was started for pure racism is perpetuated by greed and supported by lies. Stop the madness help those that want it and leave the rest of to choose and be left alone not jailed….

    8. Cherokee Fred Hussein aka Stupid old man says:

      I would love to hear from a follower of Christ. Explain the church advocating the War on US (drugs)? Could someone please explain where in there bible it says don’t help your fellow man but put him in jail?

    9. Mike says:

      Marijuana is not the problem the government is clearly the problem. I have smoked marijuana and enjoyed it for years. I have also abused alcohol for years and many times the morning felt like someone hit me in the head with a baseball bat. That being said I found I can control my alcoholism by simply smoking marijuana. In away marijuana is saving my life surely my liver.

      That being said the federal government seems to me to be acting like witch hunters in the 17 century! He smokes pot he is a witch lets kill the SOB! Hang Him From Nearest Tree we aren’t going to fool around with these evil witch’s and their magic potion that will completely destroy civilization HANG THEM! Boy if we caught you smoking a joint we are going to destroy your life forget about a job! Yo boy get your ass over here piss in this bottle now we got you now you no good pot smoker DIE DIE DIE!

    10. Let Obama Know! says:

      Send this article to Obama to let him know the depth of support for medpot in Michigan was even greater than the support for his being president. The people have spoken but make sure Obama hears!