1972-03-24; Central Michigan Life
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&Wff&& ''Weekender'* edition More features, columns and entertainment1.1 i_S»!_*f Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 48858 Friday, March 24,1972. Computer Registration Schedule! See Page 16! Which part still exists? arijuana law confuses agencies By JIMMIE LYNCH L|FE Community Affairs Editor and By JACK MILLER UFE Community Affairs WriMr - ib. Michigan Supreme Court reversed *»*■ " of John sLlair_ior ^session i marijuana two J8"** have been con- -ttS*tKa_y.ot estate am la* suu <»«"»• M,1S(H_ by the c^sion is apparency »*«W» Sji'iaw still exists -j?SS__;s=K- SsfeaS? .«*. ^two called for re-sentencing. .'• The current state law, which ^Kf*™"- as a hard narcotic, was ^W.h^l of eaual protection clauses of thestate S5ralinstitutions. A new sta^ law to Kect April 1, r^?ltl«-."«*^ Jking it out of the hard narcotics category and softening penalties for possession. locally courts and enforcement agencies Dlaying it by ear until the new law takes J"'sW-sixth District Court J^ge Hondas A. Dehn, said he was told by the state de5v court administrator in Lansing, that iTpUienV of whether or not to. prosecute lor possession of marijuana is up to the local court. . "We don't really know what the Supreme Court said," explained Judge Dehn. The judge said he contacted several state judicial, officials, none of whom could give him a definite answer on the ramifications of the Supreme Court's decision. Judge Dehn said the decision is difficult to interpret since the justices* opinion varied so widely He said he believes the decision does not u.ean that persons n iot.be arrested and convicted under Michigan law. Judge Dehn's opinion appears to be in conflict with that of Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas M. Kavanagh. Justice Kavanagh said, in a story'reported two weeks ago by the Lansing State Journal, there would be no way to prosecute persons for possession of marijuana until the new law takes- effect April 1. W Isabella County Prosecuting Attorney James Fox said he has' also contacted state judicial officers on the decision and has gotten no definite answers. He was told that local courts are to form their own opinion. Fox theorized that since the decision reversing Sinclair's conviction dealt with entrapment, it may still be possible to make an arrest and obtain conviction under state laws. He said local law enforcement officials may seek warrants under federal, law but arrest may not be possible. Fox said he issued an arrest warrant on possession but the defendant was arrested on other charges. In general, before issuing another warrant for possession, Fox said he would have to look at the circumstances surrounding the case-before deciding. "I couldn't say if I would issue another warrant or not," he said. Mt, Pleasant Police Chief Thomas Martin said, "Arrests would depend on the circumstances.. I'm not going Jto say we're not going to arrest anyone on possesssion." John McAuliffe, director of CMU Department of Public' Safety, said he wasn't really sure what they would do until confronted with the situation. "If they--the legislature-meant to legalize marijuana, there wouldn't be a law in April," he said. The director said police agencies are being cautious about arrests for fear of being sued. He added that his department will continue to act in the spirit of the old law. To date no, arrests have been made for possession in the area since the Court's decision. Although there is no local ordinance concerning possession pi marijuana, the student code .of conduct makes a general reference to drugs. Section 3.2.11 of Student Rights and Responsibilities states, '-A stucient shall not possess, iise, or distribute, or aid in the use or distribution of, any of the narcotic or "legal drugs except as expressly permitted by law." McAuliffe said although arrest is not possible under'the. code, a student caught witn the drug may be spelled or suspended. CM LIFE posed the following question to several -dents "Do you smoke more marijuana since the John Sinclair decision?" Some of the responses were: "No more than I use to." "At parties and concerts it appears to be more in the open. About the same." "I haven't noticed anyone smoking grass in public." ENJOY?- State laws regarding the possession of Suana are presently being «g**g£ throughout the state -- except ** ™Utfhere time-aged traditions and regulations remain veiy anti-marijuana. did lies aqainst fax policy V_f _ . ., _„__„4-QH in_nme tax , William Joyner, Mt. Pleasant senior yJB Democratic candidate for the State ;We of Representatives from what now ls the 100th District, has accused the nepubhean Party of failure to reform Ws which would reduce the burden %m °n the shoulders of the working The working man and the low income family should not carry the burden." Joyner spoke to the Montcalm Democratic Party in an- attempt to carry out a, vow made when originally announcing his candidacy. That vow was to speak to as many groups and individuals as possible in order that levels of consciousness might be rai _ed on the various with sug- rich. criticize without coming up _ gestions or solutions. I eewmtet take all the possible meaning uLefforts to institute an era of tax equity through I support the graduated income tax as a means to attain this goal. If we collected the taxes on a national level that the rich are avoiding paying as a result of the loopholes in the structure, this country . . . _/• i •_• ..___ r>_ a T"_ .lilt (__ st?;'ement made to the Montcalm' •"-'—-;•— —- .andidate said. '£__ ■*_«* WH» S—"* '«_____L_*_J_______51_-SS Wed- ":Jw. stated, "I am greatlfupset that I. c_i?Vei0Ur confidence-to elected offi- I bfeJ. to have them turn around and ^ enn!h?ffidence that we have *uSt ecenuy bestowed upon them." - .te^ky * announced my candidacy for m th HoUse iust over one- n*011*11 ;J» we ^employment rate was at 7.1%; ******, at 8.5%. I ask the people -much i ict and ©Four state, bow *ithtS_ are we eojng to *p# up vote ! Tore we combine forces and ~ —' .. in iq7n 5^. of office those Mt-bring us f «« sal* Ik of weWicies that have created this sit^ «»**■ ** a Part of Quotations from Joyner's speech Wed hesday include: ._.*„„ "The incumbent from this district rah on a platform of a tax ^atonnm in 1670. The income tax n f * f * £* since lumped from 1.3 to 2.6 to 3.9 per ^iU?and should the ^SJZ his way with the Pr^^/Stmp reform package, we may see that jump to I or 9 percent. , would not be so politically, naive as that there would not *JX^%^«~ ^S^mon aVear as a result Women's honor board hosts 'Academic Walk-In realize what classes are available to them until their upper level college years. "This is why we're inviting all students convenient >». * __ , ..„„ to attend - -perhaps questions andj.ro- toe Senior Women's Honor Board sppnsors to atten P^^ ^ ^ a„ "Academic Walk-In,';.from 2.15^ to ^ t made later> and sothebestpossible . ___ TT __v renter Ball a ^ ^ ^ ., she _dds Students' questions about ^ and minors can be answered in one quick, ..£__- stop Tuesday afternoon when to say be taxes, ii_ -— ~ . I realize also that taxes are a part oi our We What *e .mUstdoisseeWthema„«h^abWy to pay does pay and that Uf "*» tax closed. We must ^^commeiits, Joyner added it Would outcftm- Slt back and criticize Twith- tions■ t Up with suggestions or «olu- , ' » support a graduated income aged, the young *e °i!!___if lo°Pholes are non-existent, do not carry th ll.se2f0Ve int0 an «ra whereby schools. ros^ohavethemeanstop^shom --It is indeed easy to that are in etsten^e in the tederaHa, , ^ ^-J^yj* advice about careers^^ep^ stu_ent_ these q^ements^and^omake^ structure are cio^u ^. - the the poor aged, tne youug, r°*r»^ financing our do not carry the burden oi n» sit back and 4-15 p.m. in the University Center Ball room All students are welcomed. ^prntt^wm^SnC; r^transwe's to quesions.on your to provide ^!£rV^slie Friedemann, „iind," according to Leslie rn«u Honor Board representative j idea of the day ia/" ^r": advice about careers^^^^^^^ Classes people would like to see initiated in future years can also be discussed, she says. There is no charge for the Tuesday event and no appointments are required. "We would urge, however, that students come early to make full use of teachers' time and talents," Miss Friedemann says. "We hope this can become a yearly event in the future, as well as a very helpful event now for CMU students." tr~- 'I M**"..
|Title||1972-03-24; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, March 24, 1972 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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