2018-01-10 / Opinion


Feds need to clarify position on pot

For the marijuana supporters out there here’s something to think about, and for Lapeer officials who are working on new ordinances to regulate medical marijuana.

Last week the Trump administration said federal prosecutors will begin to more aggressively enforce marijuana laws, even in states where marijuana is now legal. According to what I read online the Justice Department is planning to roll back a policy instituted during the Obama administration that discouraged aggressive enforcement.

This new direction from the Trump administrations seems to muddy the waters. I’ve heard the pro-marijuana people say they urge patients, caregivers and business owners to continue to participate in legal marijuana sales in Michigan until the new federal policy has been better articulated.

In the meanwhile, it would seem to me that marijuana advocates may need to cool their jets until Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes it absolutely clear how the federal government is going to treat marijuana enforcement in the country.

There’s a good possibility we will be voting in Michigan next fall whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana. I would hope the federal government before then makes it clear how it will treat both medical and recreational marijuana use. There’s a lot at stake, and a lot of money involved so it would be a good idea for the federal government to clarify its role in the marijuana business.

Carmen Palmer


No one gets hurt, right?

I see Almont is moving forward with plans to enact a marijuana ordinance so that it can be sold in town. And of course Capac is moving full steam ahead with plans to allow a large grow operation in the village.

While police warn and cajole to slow down, the majority of village elders consider this a real financial boon for the village. After all, what local unit of government couldn’t use a real “shot in the arm” of a money-making enterprise with promise of high-paying jobs?

Obviously the police are vested in crime prevention, so bringing a business that brings a flood of cash, probable criminal element, and more impaired drivers is not their cup of tea. The cash issue is serious since no bank will handle the money unless federal laws change since handling the marijuana money is laundering drug money and would bring the feds on them.

In case no one has noticed that Attorney General Sessions is going to crack down on marijuana laws at the federal level. Will this effect state marijuana laws? Time will tell. Humm... The great jobs promised? Will they actually go to locals, or out of area contract labor working for far less? And I wonder who is going to finance the whole deal. Again banks won’t do it. More drug money? That’s scary.

Maybe we ought to get prostitution laws changed so Capac can be the “Las Vegas of Michigan.” No one gets hurt, right? After all once one starts down that road, why stop?

David Naeyaert


Opposed to recreational marijuana

I am livid regarding the ballot proposal for legalizing marijuana for recreational abuse, (er, use!) We need to heed the warnings from the E.R. nurse that wrote in the Jan. 3, 2018 County Press of the “mangled bodies” from alcohol-impaired driving. Now increasing this tragedy by adding impaired driving from marijuana use?

Do we really want to add the increase of driving under the influence of being high from pot? Or operating equipment while high? I would prefer that the chef in the kitchen of the restaurant where I’m dining not be under the influence of pot (any more than I would want them drunk while preparing my meals). The list goes on and on.

I’ve not heard or read anything from the political officials behind this ballot give any logic that would convince me why a substance that is classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic (because it messes with your brain cells in order to produce that psychotropic ‘high’) be green lighted for the community? Any logic to this?

I voted for medicinal marijuana because it has been documented to alieve debilitating pain, stop seizures, help people with cancer and those with dementia and the list goes on. It does not contain the TSH that causes the ‘high’ (and neither does CBD or cannabis oil which is also legal). So, the reason for legalizing recreational pot is very dubious to me and smells like “money” is the driving force. For the love of money is the root of all evil. So, voting public, it’s in your hands to stop it in its tracks. Vote no next fall.

Tamra Hartwig

Hadley Township

Good people in this world

I would like to thank the man who picked up our dinner tab the other night when we were in Imlay City. Nobody has ever done that for me, and it was very kind.

My husband and I tried out a restaurant we’ve never been to. The man asked the waitress for our bill and paid it, even paid a nice tip.

I’ve read about this kind of thing in the paper, but never thought it would happen to us but now it has. I would like to extend the same generosity when we can afford it, but I wanted the man to know how much what he did meant to us.

There are good people in this world. God bless you sir.

Gene Marlow

Dryden Township

Dr. Ethridge honored

On Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, a very special event was held in downtown Lapeer at the New To You Consignment Store operated by Lapeer Team Work.

The wine tasting event sponsored by the deAngeli Friends of the Library, the Lapeer Wine Taster’s Guild and Lapeer Team Work was to honor the memory of Dr. David Ethridge, a beloved community member until his death in 2013.

Dr. Ethridge was the director of Oakdale Center until it’s closure in 1992. Because of his commitment to individuals with disabilities, he became involved in Lapeer Team Work, an agency that assesses, trains and integrates people with disabilities into the community, primarily through supported employment. He was the Board Chairperson for many years. He was also the founder of the Lapeer Wine Taster’s Guild that became one of the most active chapters in the country. He led members on wine tours throughout the world, as well as becoming the local “wine expert” in Lapeer.

Recently, the Ethridge family donated his collection of wine books to the deAngeli Friends of the Library. The Friends planned to sell many of the books through The Book Nook, a room in New To You where quality donated books are for sale. But with Dr. Ethridge’s books, the Friends decided to make it a special occasion. The event called “The Ethridge Collection” featured wine sampling, a presentation by Lapeer Team Work showing the anticipated building remodel (the building will be named after Dr. Ethridge upon completion) and sale of his wine book collection.

The event sponsors would like to thank the other community supporters of the evening: Will’s Winery, Village Printing, Lapeer Meijer, Oxford Wine and Beverage and Lapeer Rent All. Together we very successfully honored Dr. Ethridge and know his memory will live on in the Lapeer area for many years to come.

Jan Watz

Friends of the deAngeli Library

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