Flint -- The call is to change dope laws. Protestors say they want dope laws changed and marijuana should be legalized and regulated like alcohol. It was a march unlike any other in Flint Saturday.
The "National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws", or NORML, hosted its third annual Marijuana March. Dozens gathered to protest for pot. Many said patients with illnesses like glaucoma can benefit from marijuana by relieving pressure in their eyes.

Candace Collins favors legalization. "I very much believe there are the medical indications use of marijuana some people have muscular problems and they have problems, that marijuana helps."

Christopher Kotarski participated in the march. He says legalizing pot would free up cells for real criminals. "It would alleviate (sic) our jail systems. We don't need to be putting people in jail for this."

Jenny Moench has supported this cause for years and says marijuana should have the same restrictions like alcohol. She believes many people agree but are just too afraid to speak out.

"People are afraid they are afraid to say they support it, because, like I said, we live in a police state. So they are going to come in and get you if you do something they don't want you to."

Collins says the march is a way of helping those with serious illnesses in need. "They can do that in the night time in their beds and their not hazardous to anyone else."

There have been some steps taken to de-criminalize Marijuana.

A few months back, A California court upheld a ban on medical marijuana raids in nine western states.

Michigan is not one of those states.




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Author: Darla Hernandez
Published: May 4, 2004
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