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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Medical pot
regulation
different
for DPS, 'U'

Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon tells Ross School of Business students about his exerience as athletic director this past year in Blau Auditorium
yesterday. March 8 marked the one-year anniversary of his appointment to the post.
After one year, AD Brandon
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'U' policy follows
federal law, campus
police abide by
state mandate
By SUZANNE JACOBS
Daily Staff Reporter
University students who get
caught on campus with marijua-
na but produce a medical mari-
juana registration card may still
face repercussions even though
state law says they are legally
allowed to possess the drug.
This is because the Univer-
sity's Alcohol and Other Drug
Policy for Students, Faculty
and Staff operates under fed-
eral law, which still mandates
that marijuana is illegal even for
medical use. However, the Uni-
versity's Department of Public
Safety abides by state regula-
tions, which allow registered
patients to use marijuana for
medical treatment.
Michigan voters passed the
Michigan Medical Marihuana
Act in 2008, which made medi-
cal marijuana legal for regis-

tered patients. Under the state
law, patients can have up to 2.5
ounces of usable marijuana and
up to 12 marijuana plants if
they grow their own medicine.
Caregivers - people who assist
medical marijuana patients who
don't grow their medicine -
can also have up to 2.5 ounces
of usable marijuana and up to
12 marijuana plants for each
patient they care for.
Michigan state law recog-
nizes findings from studies like
a 1999 report from the National
Academy of Sciences' Institute
of Medicine that conclude mari-
juana can be an effective treat-
ment for relieving pain, nausea
and other debilitating medical
conditions.
However, the University's
AOD Policy still maintains an
unequivocal ban on all marijua-
na. This is because the AOD Pol-
icy follows federal law, which
still classifies marijuana as a
Schedule I drug under the Con-
trolled Substances Act. Schedule.
I drugs are the most restricted
of the five drug classifications
and are not acknowledged to
have any medical benefits.
See MEDICAL POT, Page 3A

Athletic director
discusses his
surpising start in
business
By K.C. WASSMAN
Daily StaffReporter
Exactly one year after he
took over as Michigan Athletic
Director, Dave Brandon reaf-
firmed his primary goal for

Michigan athletics: domination
over Ohio State.
"I want to kick Ohio State's
ass," Brandon said to roaring
applause in the Ross School of
Business Blau Auditorium yes-
terday.
Addressing about 70 stu-
dents, Brandon spoke about
issues ranging from his self-
proclaimed "storybook" career
to the future of the Michigan
Football program.
Brandon began the conver-
sation by pointing out that he

was an unconventional can-
didate for the job of athletic
director since he never meant
to enter the business world to
begin with.
A former Michigan football
player, Brandon graduated
from the University in 1974
with a bachelor's degree in
teaching. But his plan to go into
teaching or coaching was never
realized. Instead, he started
working in business immedi-
ately after graduating college.
In an interview after his lec-

ture, Brandon said his work in
business has been rewarding,
and he doesn't regret abandon-
ing his initial goal to go into the
teaching field.
"I felt like I could always go
back to teaching and coaching,"
Brandon said. "I didn't know
that 30 years later I would still
be in the business world, but I
always felt that (teaching) was
something I could go back to."
However, Brandon said his
job as athletic director incor-
See BRANDON, Page 3A

* ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL
A2 administrator resigns
to take state treasurer job

Roger Fraser to
work for Bureau of
Local Government
Services
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
Daily StaffReporter
After nine years working
for the city of Ann Arbor, City
Administrator Roger Fraser
will be making the move from

Tree Townto the state's capitol.
Fraser, who announced his
resignation last week, is leav-
ing his position to work under
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder
in Lansing as the deputy state
treasurer for the Bureau of
Local Government Services
beginning May 9.
Fraser said in an interview
yesterday that he is excited to
work with Snyder, whom he has
collaborated with previously at
SPARK - a non-profit organi-
zation based in Ann Arbor that

promotes business growth. Fra-
ser served on SPARK's execu-
tive board and administrative
committee while Snyder was
CEO of the business incubator.
"Rick was instrumental in
putting that together," Fraser
said of the organization.
Fraser said he was
approached by Snyder's staff
after he told them he wanted
to help the governor pursue his
reforms for the state. Snyder's
campaign platform included
See JOB, Page 3A

MICHIGAN STUDENT ASSEMBLY
MSA petition calls for an end to
bottled water sales on campus

New to the C.C. Little bus stop area, Harlan Turner sells his homemade oatmeal, soup and coffee yesterday. Turner's
business, called Mixins, has been open for two weeks.
SPEAKERS ON CAMPUS
Lawyers on most recent Michigan
death penalty case talk to students

Coleman:
Administrative
ban on bottled
water unlikely
By ROBIN VEECK
Daily StaffReporter
Members of the University
community who buy bottled
water instead of filling up at

a drinking fountain may have
been getting disapproving
looks from a group of students
recently.
Through a new petition,
members of the Michigan
Student Assembly's Environ-
mental Issues Commission are
urging the University admin-
istration to ban the sale of bot-
tled water from all vendors on
campus. However, top Univer-
sity administrators, including

University President Mary Sue
Coleman, have said that such a
move would most likely not be
executed.
The petition proposes to
eliminate bottled water from
on-campus stores and vending
machines and states that sin-
gle-use bottled water is expen-
sive, wasteful and harmful
to the environment. Instead,
the petition's supporters want
See MSA, Page 3A

Law School prof.
acted as judge in
federal trial
By SARAH ALSADEN
Daily StaffReporter
Law student Vivian Chang
observed a trial last summer
regarding the most recent death

penalty case in the state.
Yesterday, Chang and other
University Law School students
got to hear from the litigators -
defense lawyers Richard Kam-
men and Harold Gurewitz and
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark
Shasteen - who participated in
the case. The lawyers spoke to the
students, who are taking a federal
sentencing class taught by U.S.
District Judge Victoria Roberts,

about the morality of the death
penalty.
Roberts presided over the case
last summer, in which Timothy
O'Reilly-whomurderedNorman
Stephens in the parking lot of the
Dearborn Federal Credit Union in
Dearborn in2001-was sentenced
to life in federal prison, sparing
him from the death penalty. *
Roberts said she organized
See LAWYERS, Page 3A

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