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Friday, December 12, 2014

Marijuana Provisioning Centers and Industrial Hemp progress for 2015 in the 2014 Lame Duck Session.

By Richard C. Clement


"Will the Weed truly be Freed?"  -
A Detroit Resident with a vision at the Northwest Activities Center


The possible adoption into law of House Bills 427151045439, and 5440 will create green jobs in the State of Michigan with Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp. House Bills 4271 and 5104 to authorize Provisioning Centers and Safe Testing Facilities for Medical Marijuana in the State of Michigan will create jobs and revenue for cash starved cities.  These bills have sparked an effort by the Detroit City Council led by Council member James Tate, Detroit Legislative Policy Division and, Building Safety and Engineering to develop a city ordinance to address the growth and management of these places of business.   

We are hoping that fees are reasonable for these licenses and that people are safe in these places of business.  Just like any other business, code compliance with the Detroit Fire Marshall regarding exits and extinguishers are a must.  For places that have growing operations the city wants the electricity to be code compliant, meaning that there will be opportunities for electricians to keep places safe from burning down because of an electrical fire.

Concerns for law enforcement are a valid government id and keeping the peace therefore, the long delayed picture on the Medical Marijuana card must be addressed in Lansing. People who have Facebook and Twitter accounts and; have a Michigan Drivers License cannot use the excuse that a picture on a card gives Government too much information.

Saying No to Jim and Jane Crow!
We also would appreciate that opportunities will be diverse and include people of all racial, ethnic, gender, and other backgrounds to have an equal chance to participate in the business end instead of being a statistic in the legal system. 

Educational Opportunities
Schools that participate in agriculture education would be encouraged to thrive in Michigan. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are skills that can be developed by investing in growing and manufacturing projects.


Grow in Detroit!
House Bills 5439 and 5440 will authorize agriculture resources to grow and manufacture products from Industrial Hemp which is the male cannabis plant. The male plant is a non-intoxicant version of the Marijuana plant. Michigan farmers and agriculture concerns will be able to grow this plant for products like paper, fuel, auto body parts and many other things. When prosperity from green jobs takes effect, it will be because of people like Everett Swift of the Michigan Industrial Hemp Education and Marketing Project, www.mihemp.org, and Stephen Sharpe, esteemed board member of the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws www.minorml.org. These two men are responsible for working with Michigan’s agricultural community to make Industrial Hemp use a reality in Michigan.

In order to get these bills enacted we must pass our differences across party lines. From now until next Friday, you must call and email bomb the Michigan Legislature at www.house.mi.gov about passing these bills to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature into law. 

In your email please copy and paste this line into the Subject of your email:

HB4271, 5104, 5439, 5440 (Support)

Send your concerns about the situation, then Fire up a Republican in Lansing by phone 
Contact information Republican Representatives --House  
John Bumstead (R-Newaygo)                 517-373-7317
Hugh D Crawford(R-Novi)                     517-373-0827
Anthony G. Forlini (R-Harrison Twp.)           517-373-0113
Frank Foster (R-Pellston)                     517-373-2629
Bob Genetski (R-Saugatuck)                 517-373-0836
Ken Goike (R-Ray Township)                 517-373-0820
Gail Haines (R-Waterford)                     517-373-0615
Martin Howrylak (R-Troy)                     517-373-1783
Bradford C. Jacobsen (R-Oxford)                 517-373-1798
Klint Kesto (R-Commerce Twp.)                 517-373-1799
Matt Lori (R-Constantine)                     517-373-0832
Michael D. McCready (R-Birmingham)            517-373-8670
Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills)            517-373-1773
Paul Muxlow (R-Brown City)                517-373-0835
Dave Pagel (R-Berrien Springs)                517-373-1796
Peter Pettalia (R-Presque Isle)                517-373-0833
Amanda Price (R-Holland)                517-373-0838
Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville)                517-373-1403
Bruce R. Rendon (R-Lake City)                517-373-3817
Wayne A. Schmidt (R-Traverse City)            517-373-1766
Robert Verheulen (R-Walker)                517-373-8900
Ken Yonker (R-Caledonia)                    517-373-0840


Time is of the essence!

Light up Lyndon by 2015! From the Dark into the Light - Adams/Butzel Skating is alright

by The Friends of Cushingberry




Young skaters lace them up.
Jack Adams Ice Complex at Adams/Butzel Operating Hours:

Open Skating from 1p-9pm Tuesdays through Friday, Saturdays open 10a-6pm 

Friday Night Party on Skates 7pm-9pm
Skating Lessons given on Tuesday from 6p-8p and Saturday 11a-1p

For more information on recreation activities (click here)

In 2015 our goal is to light up the entire street of Lyndon from Livernois and points west.  Please call the Public Lighting Department at (313) 267-8140 or email them at lightsout@detroitmi.gov.

People who would like to use the Adams/Butzel complex shall not be in the dark driving to and from the facility.



We are working for you in District 2



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Light up Lansing in Protest / Stop House Bill 5977 to preserve home rule for Cities and Townships

By Richard C. Clement


Jack Adams Ice Complex at Adams/Butzel Operating Hours:

Open Skating from 1p-9pm Tuesdays through Friday, Saturdays open 10a-6pm
Friday Night Party on Skates 7pm-9pm
Skating Lessons given on Tuesday from 6p-8p and Saturday 11a-1p



For more information, contact:
Cynthia Wardlaw at (313) 727-7330
Jason McCrimmon at (313) 506-0132
Adams/Butzel Complex at (313) 628-0990
 
Coach Cynthia Wardlaw (far right)
The introduction of House Bill 5977 to stop cities from getting into community benefit agreements is morally reprehensible and irresponsible to the leadership and the Citizens of Detroit. A benefit of a Community Benefits Agreement between the City of Detroit and the Detroit Red Wings would look like this, supporting the Jack Adams / Ice Complex located at the Adams Butzel Recreation Center.   The Detroit Department of Recreation has one of the best public ice skating rinks in the area that exposes Detroit youth to a skill that will give them something to do and keep them healthy.  The Jack Adams Ice Arena Complex has a NHL size rink that is maintained by the City of Detroit.  


Skating Lessons for Youth
One of the agreements between the Detroit Red Wings and the City of Detroit is to support activities that would uplift the youth and community. The coaches there are very good and take the time to work with the children on skating skills and learning the game of Hockey.   Currently there are 2 players who are currently in the NHL that came through the program.  Some kids end up playing in college and semi pro because they are that good.



Young Detroiters take to the rink!
Therefore it is our duty to demand of our leaders in Lansing to stop meddling in affairs that usurps a local City or Townships in Michigan.  You must call and email bomb the Michigan Legislature to voice your displeasure. When you send this email of protest, please place  HB5977 (OPPOSED) in the subject line.  For a  complete list of Michigan Legislators, please click here.





The integrity of local control must be recognized and respected.


Fire up a Republican to denounce this dastardly plan..
Contact information Republican Representatives --House  
John Bumstead (R-Newaygo)                 517-373-7317
Hugh D Crawford(R-Novi)                     517-373-0827
Anthony G. Forlini (R-Harrison Twp.)           517-373-0113
Frank Foster (R-Pellston)                     517-373-2629
Bob Genetski (R-Saugatuck)                 517-373-0836
Ken Goike (R-Ray Township)                 517-373-0820
Gail Haines (R-Waterford)                     517-373-0615
Martin Howrylak (R-Troy)                     517-373-1783
Bradford C. Jacobsen (R-Oxford)                 517-373-1798
Klint Kesto (R-Commerce Twp.)                 517-373-1799
Matt Lori (R-Constantine)                     517-373-0832
Michael D. McCready (R-Birmingham)            517-373-8670
Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills)            517-373-1773
Paul Muxlow (R-Brown City)                517-373-0835
Dave Pagel (R-Berrien Springs)                517-373-1796
Peter Pettalia (R-Presque Isle)                517-373-0833
Amanda Price (R-Holland)                517-373-0838
Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville)                517-373-1403
Bruce R. Rendon (R-Lake City)                517-373-3817
Wayne A. Schmidt (R-Traverse City)            517-373-1766
Robert Verheulen (R-Walker)                517-373-8900
Ken Yonker (R-Caledonia)                    517-373-0840
 

Monday, December 8, 2014

URGENT! 12/14 12/15 Deadlines for Health Care, FEMA and SBA Help coming quick!


By Richard C. Clement


You have until Sunday December 14th, 2014 to sign up for FEMA and SBA help and,  Monday December 15th to sign up for health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act. 

Don’t delay, act today!  Sign up Now at www.healthcare.gov

If you have an emergency condition, no hospital can turn you away. Any medical facility that denies you emergency health care because you don’t have the “right” insurance may be prosecuted for civil and criminal penalties. Your monthly premium may be as low as .08 a month based on your income.

You may shop around for a better plan than what you have now if you are an existing participant.
Greater Christ Baptist Church will be giving assistance in enrolling people for health care coverage

For more information please contact
GBC (313)924-6900 or Jamie 3138203285


Urgent Message from SBA Office of Disaster Assistance
The SBA Office of Disaster Assistance stands ready to assist those Southeast Michigan residents and business owners that have sustained damage from the severe storms and flooding that occurred between August 11 and 13 of this year. Although many business have indicated a need for assistance, very few have returned their applications.

At the close of business on October 22, 2014 the SBA has approved $23,084,800 for homeowners, renters and businesses in the State of Michigan with $5,537,600 approved in the City of Detroit. However there is much more that we can do.
Please join us in urging those with damage to submit their SBA Disaster Loan Applications as soon as possible and before the deadline of December 14th, 2014.
For questions please contact
Michael B. Peacock
Public Affairs Specialist
US Small Business Administration
101 Marietta Street NW Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30303-2725
Phone: 404-606-1988
Federal Disaster Loans for Homeowners Renters, and Business of All Sizes


Flood Victim News
The deadline for applying for disaster relief from FEMA is
Sunday, December 14th, 2014 @  5:00pm
The Governor’s office has declared
Detroit a disaster area on Sept 25th
Click Here for FEMA Flood Disaster Help 
Property Owners may qualify for loans up to $200,000
Renters and Landlords for loans up to $40,000

Citizens may qualify for Small Business loan or $32,400 in financial assistance

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