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The Michian Daily-Thursday, April 3, 1980-Page 5

Pro-pot lobbyist calls or marijuana law
By MAUREEN FLEMING maximum fine of $100. it right that they be treated
Lapeer County woman, recently THE CIVIL OFFENSE status would State le i slation wOuid criminals."
ted of possession of .22 grams of mean a suspected offender would be -ONF BILL RE. NTLYn assed le

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arijuana, could be sentenced to one
year in jail and levied a $1000 fine under
Michigan law. In Ann Arbor, the same
offense would carry a $5 penalty.
Roger Winthrop, Michigan's
coordinator for the National
Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws (NORML), came to
the University last night to clarify
proposed state laws that would make
rijuana possession a less serious
fense throughout the state.
State Senate bill 65 would make
possession of up to 30 grams of
marijuana a civil offense with a

ticketed and ordered to appear in court.
If convicted, the offender would pay a
fine not to exceed $100. Then, all
records and references to the violation
would be destroyed.
The same bill would set aside
convictions of anyone found guilty of
possessing less than 30 grams of pot in
the past ten years. The records of these
cases would also be destroyed.
Under the same bill, an offense by a
minor would be treated more
seriously-possession would be
considered a misdemeanor with
maximum sentence of 30 days in jail

make pot use civil offense

with a $100-fine.
Winthrop said the bill would both
save taxpayers enforcement money and
make marijuana law offender
treatment more equal throughout the
state.
i'MICHIGAN TAXPAYERS spend
between $6 and $7 million a year in
marijuana enforcement," Winthrop
said. "That's a lot of money that could
be saved.",

One member of the audience said that
perhaps the bill should not be passed
because "marijuana has not been
conclusively proven to be a harmless
drug."
But Winthrop disagreed. "Marijuana
is the only non-toxic substance out of
the three most-publicized abuses:
alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana,"
Winthrop said. "And just because it
may be harmful to people doesn't make

izes marijuana for use in cancer
chemotherapy treatments and to
relieve symptoms of Glauicoma. But
Winthrop said there have been soine
problems in enacting the law.
"Twenty state programs have
marijuana use for patients suffering
from glaucoma and not one state has a
patient receiving marijuana for
treatment," he said.
Winthrop said he feels marijuana
should eventually be entirely legalized.
"Prohibition has never historically
worked before," he said. "People are

reform
getting too 'cost conscience' to allow
the expensive enforcement procedures.
And there are unmeaurable social and
human costs because of a conviction on
marijuana use, so, yes, marijuana will
eventually be legalized," Winthrop
continued.
"What we're relying on now is a stick
for marijuana enforcement. That's not
a deterrent, 'especially when the
government's been lying to everyone
about marijuana for years anyway,"
Winthrop concluded. "There are more
effective alternatives."
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POS TILL, DONLEY SUE FOR LIBEL:
Ann Arbor News

BELEA ABZUG
IN A
UAC -VIEWPOINT PRESENTATION

faces trial

By LEE KATTERMAN
Proceedings in a libel suit against
the Ann Arbor News will continue this
morning after a two-day adjournment.
Former Washtenaw County Sheriff
Frederick Postill and former Jail
Administrator Fred Donley sued the
Ann Arbor News, reporter William
Treml, and Booth Newspapers, Inc.
more than two years ago for allegedly
libelous news accounts that appeared in
THE TRIAL BEGAN Monday, but.
was adjourned Tuesday for Passover
and Wednesday because of an illness in
the family of one of the attorneys.

Postill and Donely claim news
accounts-published in the July 15, 16,
and 17, 1976. issues of the News-of a
brawl at . a Chelsea wedding
reception-injured their professional
reputations and standing in the
community.
The same suit names the Michigan
Police Officers Association, its
Executive Director Carl Parsell, and
Washtenaw County Deputy Sheriff
Basil Baysinger as defendants. The
plaintiffs charge these parties supplied
damaging information that was used by
the News.
POSTILL AND DONLEY are asking
$120,000 in damages.

The allegedly libelous news accounts,
were written by News reporter Treml
about an encounter between Postill and
Baysinger at the wedding reception in
Chelsea.
Among the statements in question
are:
reallegations that both Postill and
Donley have threatened the lives of
Baysinger and his wife;
* charges that Postill has been
involved in felonious assault; and,
" reports attributed to an unnamed
Washtenaw County Sheriff's
Department officer that "between 25
and 50" department employees could
attest to improprieties committed by
Postill, but that they refused to speak
out fear of mass dismissals.-

THE SUIT WAS originally filed in'
Wayne County Circuit Court on
February 28, 1978. About a year later, it
was reassigned to Washtenaw County
22nd Circuit Court Judge William Ager.
The jury for the trial was selected
last week and opening statements by all
parties were made Monday, followed
by about two hours of testimony from
Treml.
E. Edward Hood, attorney for Treml,
the News, and Booth Newspapers, Inc.,
guessed the trial could last from four to
six weeks.
Jack Garris, Baysinger's attorney,
said between 100 and 200 witnesses may
be called before the case can go to the
jury for a verdict.

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