8F - The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - Fall 2005
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Reichardt and Libertarian candidate Rich Eirkett,
came through with an overwhelming victory. She
received 8,165 votes, while Reichardt received
861 and Birkett received 228 votes.
"I'm glad to have won another election. I'm
looking forward to serving two more years on
the City Council," Carlberg said. "I think there
will be a lot of good opportunities in the next
two years to work with students and see how we
can address their concerns."
Carlberg, who was elected to her sixth term
on the Council, said she will continue to work
on a variety of projects in Ann-Arbor, including
plans to create more affordable housing in the
Reichardt said he largely attributed his loss to
people who voted a straight Democratic ticket.
"If this is what the people want, this is what the
people get. For all the people who seem to com-
plain about City Council, there's no other answer
than to look at how they voted," Reichardt said.
Reichardt, who is the president of the Green
Party of Michigan, said he has no plans to run for
any public offices in the near future, but said he
will not disappear from city politics.
While Birkett lost his bid for council, he won
a victory with the passing of Proposal C. Birkett
is the primary author of Proposal C, which now
legalizes medical marijuana in Ann Arbor.
Council members Kim Groome (D-1st
ward), Joan Lowenstein (D-2nd ward), Margie
Teall (D-4th ward) and Chris Easthope (D-5th
ward), also won re-election to the Council, in
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also does not have a car on campus,
said he takes the bus frequently to go
to Briarwood Mall and surrounding
"It's convenient and I catch the bus.
without worrying about the change
now," he said, referring to the quar-
ters needed to pay the previous fare.
The input from University students
helped the AATA decide how to dis-
tribute the 8,000 additional service
hours it had decided to implement. A
service hour refers to the amount of
time a bus rides a specific route.
Earlier this semester, the Univer-
sity put ups four locations around
campus where people could talk with
both AATA representatives and Uni-
versity transit officials. The officials
also sent out e-mails to students and
faculty to request recommendations
and ideas. All those who provided
feedback on the MRide program
were allowed to vote on the changes.
The ideas that obtained the top votes
received priority, but not all were
possible to enact, Brown said.
An announcement detailing how
the bus routes will expand was made
at the end of January.
"Technically 8,000 is not a lot, but
it's a little boost," Brown said.
In addition to the increased hours
of operation, the increased bus usage
means potentially taking cars off
the roads, which could reduce the
traffic, noise pollution and parking
hardships, although statistics are not
yet available. The buses also help
to increase business for retailers
because the routes allow more stu-
dents to commute longer distances,
especially students without access to
a car, Brown said.
"It's truly assisting the whole mass
transit," Brown said.
The MRide Program, which
receives its $1.8 million funding
through an annual combination of
$1.1 million from the Federal Transit
Administration and $700,000 from
the University, has a contract that
expires after five years.
Although there are not yet plans
to continue with the program, Brown
does not think that it will be ter-
minated at the end of the contract
- especially with both parties bene-
fiting. University transit experienced
a 7 percent increase in ridership and
the AATA recorded a 12 percent
The Link, a division of the AATA,
also offers free services to all Mcard
users to the downtown areas as well
as Central Campus.
Other AATA services available to
University and non-University pas-
sengers but not free of charge include
Night Ride, Holiday Ride, A-Ride,
Football Ride and RideShare.
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"When I take (traditional) medications, I
have to deal with the side effects." But Pal-
iza said when she has access to marijuana,
she feels better. "I am a better person, in bet-
ter spirits, when I smoke a joint."
Although Proposal C has not specified
conditions in which it would be legal for
patients to use marijuana, in general medi-
cal marijuana has been shown effective in
treating pain and nausea caused by AIDS,
cancer, multiple sclerosis and many other
Psychiatry Prof. Kirk Bower described
the pros and cons of medical marijuana use.
"The major pro is to provide.relief of symp-
toms for patients who do not respond to con-
ventional treatments'"he said.
Bower added that a major drawback of
smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes
is that it carries its own risks of cancer and
other lung problems.
The Food and Drug Administration has
also expressed doubt and disdain toward
the legalization of medical marijuana, sug-
gesting further research is needed before
legalization for therapeutic uses can be rec-
Medical marijuana is already legal in nine
states including California, Colorado and
Vermont. In August, Detroit passed a law
legalizing medical marijuana in the city.
A U.S Supreme Court decision preventing
the use of medical marijuana, would overrule
the local law, preventing its enforcement.
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