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THE MICHIGAN DAILY~

Wednesday, May 18, 1977

State may revise dope laws

By RON DeKE T
Pat Horton, Lane County Dis-
trict Attorney in Oregon, testi-
fied before the Michigan House
Committee on Civil Rights yes-
terday in support of a marijua-
na decriminalization measure.
Morton, an early advocate of
marijuana decriminaliz a t i o n,
has testified on behalf of The
National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws
(NORML) across the country.
OREGON is one of the first
states to substantially reduce
penalties for marijuana use.
Islam, the religion founded
by the Prophet Muhammed in
the late 6th century, is today
divided into many sects. The
two major divisions are the
Sunni (traditionalist) and the
Shii (partisan) sects.

House Bill 4603, introduced
April 25 by State Rep. Perry
Bullard (13-Ann Arbor) is the
most recent of a succession of
decriminalization bills beginning
in the late 190's. It would de-
criminalize possession and use
of marijuana in small amounts
for Michigan residents.
The House failed to pass a
similiar measure last year by
two votes.
BULLARD expressed optimism
for the bill's passage because
of its 23 bi-partisan cosponsors
- double the cosponsors for
last years measure.
The bill comes at a time
when marijuana decriminaliza-
tion is receiving increased sup-
port from the American Bar
Association, the American Med-
ical Association and the Carter
Administration. Gov. Milliken
also has indicated his support

for reduced penalties.
If passed in its present state
the bill would:
* Keep the same penalties
for sale or intent to sell for
profit more than 100 grams of
marijuana but reduce the of-
fense to a misdemeanor pun-
ishable by one year in prison
and a $1,000 fine for sale for
profit of less than 100 grams.
* Reduce the misdemeanor
penalty for possession or non-
profit distribution of more than
The Nobel Prize is actually
five prizes given annually by
the Nobel Foundation of Stock-
holm, Sweden. The prizes are
given in the fields of chemistry,
physics, medicine, literature,
and world peace. They were es-
tablished by Alfred Nobel, the
inventor of dynamite.

100 grams from the current one Council on Alec
year, $100 penalty to 90 days Mary Beth Colli
and a $100 fine. the Office of Su
and State Appea
Eliminate the misdemeanor George Basharat
penalties for less than 100 grams substance abuse
in public subject to a $50 civil sory committee.
fine and discard all penalties Bashara said th
and fines for less than 100 grams support of the d
in private homes. measure is noe
marijuana use b
* Reduce the misdemeanor to the time and
penalty of 90 days and $100 fine by the police an
to a civil fine of $50 for mari- forcing current l
juana use in public. There
would be no penalty for use in
private. AtZA
ONE HUNDRED GRAMS is
equivalant to 3.5 ounces and de-
pending on the generosity of' vo tes
the roller can make betweenvotet

obol Problems,
ns, director of
ubstance Abuse
ls Court Judge
Jr., head of the
office's advi-
he commission's
ecriminalization
endorsement of
ut is a response
expense borne
d courts in en-
laws.
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AanU IVU 0Cs.
Other supporters o
inalization include R
Rice, head of the

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A decrim-
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Michigan
By SUE WARNER
Members of the American
Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employes (AFSCME,
Local 1583) will go to the polls
today to elect officers for the
union local's next two-year
term of office.
Candidates for the position
of bargaining chairman in-
clude the incumbent, Art An-
derson, Joel Block who is pire-
sently the local's president, Le-
roy Washington, currently vice-
president, Ezra Rowry, a shut-
tile bus operator at University,
and Harold "Rusty" Ward, a
University Hospital custodian.
P E T E R B R O W N,
Wavy Drake, lDwight Newrn.
and Richard VanValkenberg
are all hopefuls for the union
local's presidency.
AFSCME members will also
elect officers to fill the positions
of secretary / treasurer, re-
cording s ec r e t a r y, ser-
geant - at - arms, trustee, con-
tract committee, executive
board, chief stewards, district
stewards, and alternate stew-
ards.
In previous years, the univer-
sity allowed AFSCME mem-
bersto vote for union officials
on company time. This year
however, the 2,000-plus union
members must cast their bal-
lots on their own time.
Union officials believe that
this new procedure will result
in a smaller voter turnout, al-
though they assert that those
who are interested in the elec-
tion will come out and vote.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Volume LXXXVII, No. 11-8
Wednesday, May 18, 1977
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