MSU to arrest medical marijuana patients on campus

November 17, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

EAST LANSING — A policy which prevents registered medical marijuana patients from using or possessing their medicine while at Michigan State University is coming under fire.

In a web briefing called “Frequently Asked Questions” on the MSU website, the policy is outlined:

3. Does the Act change University policy regarding drug use or possession on campus?

No, University policies have not changed. Students and employees may not use or possess marihuana on campus. This is true whether the marihuana is smoked or ingested through other means. Michigan State University is subject to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989. Consistent with those laws, the MSU Drug and Alcohol Policy prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances, illicit drugs, and alcohol on any property governed by the Board of Trustees and at any site where work is performed by individuals on behalf of the University. The Alcohol and Controlled Substances Policy also applies to employees performing safety-sensitive functions and whose position responsibilities require they obtain a commercial driver’s license.

Employees and students who violate University policy prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs on campus are subject to disciplinary action through the appropriate disciplinary process.

The website was updated on Sept. 23, 2010 according to the site.

The problem with the policy, advocates say, is that it violates Michigan’s medical marijuana law, passed by voters in 2008. That law specifically prohibits anyone from denying the same rights and privileges as any other citizen based on the fact that one is a registered medical marijuana user.

“MSU is subject to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989. In addition, the MSU Drug and Alcohol Policy prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances, illicit drugs and alcohol on property governed by the Board of Trustees and at any site where university work is performed,” said Kent Cassella, spokesman for the University. “Employees and students who violate university policy prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs on campus are subject to disciplinary action.”

Mike Meno, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington D.C., disagrees with how Cassella and the university are reading the laws.

“The Obama administration has been very clear in its policy of respecting state medical marijuana laws, so there is no reason to believe MSU would be reprimanded simply for following state law,” says Meno. “More to the point, the federal government has almost no interest in charging a college student who is legally allowed to use medical marijuana. Furthermore, a state court in Michigan would be unable to charge someone for violating federal marijuana laws. So the only people interested in arresting and charging public university students who legally use medical marijuana are MSU officials, judging by this statement.”

Cassella says that the university has developed policies for those registered medical marijuana patients who attend MSU. Under those policies, the requirement that freshman live on campus can be waived. He also said as part of the “certain accommodations” the university would make of patients it would allow patients “to end their housing contract and move off campus without penalty.”

“Anyone who is on MSU’s campus and is suspected of committing a crime or violating university policy is subject to disciplinary action,” Cassella said when asked if the university would seek prosecution of students or faculty who had possession of marijuana, as allowed by the act.

“For qualified patients under Michigan’s law, marijuana is a legal medicine, just like any other,” says Meno, from the Marijuana Policy Project. “It would be contemptible for the university to arrest students simply for possessing a potentially life-saving medicine on school grounds. MSU officials have no more reason to discriminate against a student who legally possesses marijuana than they do a student who has a legal prescription for Adderall or anti-depressants.”

Contemptible or not, officials at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights say there may not be a violation of civil rights in a case where the university decides to pursue a student who is a registered patient.

“That is not an area we have a commission statement on,” said spokesman Harold Core.

Core says the cases the department has not had any complaints about housing issues, but it has had several dealing with employment scenarios. He said in that case, the department is reviewing cases in relation to laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability and requiring employers to make ‘reasonable accommodations.’

Just such a case is playing out in federal court in West Michigan. There, a Battle Creek resident who was employed by Walmart is suing the company for firing him for testing positive for marijuana in a test following an at work accident. The company has a zero tolerance policy for drugs. The plaintiff, Joseph Casias, has a terminal brain tumor and the marijuana was prescribed by his physician to help alleviate the pain of the cancer.

But the issue has not made its way into state policy making circles fully, says Core.

“When you have a new law, something like this, you have a period of uncertainties,” says Core.

The legal issues are not in the gray zone for Meno.

“This policy is an affront to the dignity of students or employees who use marijuana legally to ease chronic and often painful conditions,” says Meno. “It is cruel, unjust, unnecessary, and — under Michigan law — illegal.”

Michigan Messenger

Missing 13 Year Old Sarah Maynard Found Safe, One Arrest Made … Stephanie Sprang, Tina Herrmann & Kody Maynard Still Missing

November 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

13 year old Sarah Maynard who has been missing since November 10, 2010 was found safe found safe inside a Columbus Road home in Mount Vernon, OH. She has been taken to the hospital for an evaluation. According to reports, one person was taken into custody by police and charged with kidnapping. 30 year old Matthew Hoffman was arrested at his home that is approximately 10 miles from Tina Herrmann’s home.

Sarah Maynard Found Safe

A 13-year-old girl who was missing with three other people was found safe on Sunday morning.

Sarah Maynard was last seen on Wednesday.  Sources told 10TV News that the girl was found safe inside a Columbus Road home in Mount Vernon.

Maynard was taken to Knox Community Hospital for evaluation, 10TV News reported.

UPDATE I: SWAT team found Sarah Maynard bound and gagged in the basement of a home in Mount Vernon, Ohio

A SWAT team found Sarah Maynard bound and gagged in the basement of a home in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Knox County Sheriff David Barber said at a news conference today.

The man who lives in the house, 30-year-old Matthew Hoffman was arrested and charged with kidnapping, Barber said.

Maynard was taken to Knox Community Hospital for evaluation, the sheriff said.

“She was being held against her will,” Barber said. “She is in good in good condition.”

Matthew J. Hoffman has been charged with Sarah Maynard’s kidnapping.

Sheriff Barber said Hoffman  listed two residences.  One was at 49 Columbus Road where Sarah was found.   The second was at 3730 Apple Valley Drive.

The second address is a home owned by Hoffman’s parents and is within walking distance to the home from which the four people were reported missing last Wednesday.

Today’s events began when The Mount Vernon News reported law enforcement officers forced entry into the home on Columbus Street around 7:45 a.m.

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Lebanese police arrest jihadist cleric Omar Bakri days after he boasted that he wouldn’t serve a day of his life sentence

November 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Allah willed otherwise! An update on this story. “Radical Preacher Bakri Mohammad Arrested,” by Huw Borland for Sky News Online, November 14 (thanks to Steven):

Lebanese police have arrested radical Islamic preacher Omar Bakri Mohammad days after he boasted he would “not spend one day” of a life sentence behind bars.

A security official said Lebanese intelligence agents seized the cleric near his home in the northern city of Tripoli….

Sky’s home affairs correspondent Mark White said Mohammad was stopped by intelligence agents who had been following a vehicle he was travelling in.

White said: “Omar Bakri Mohammad was pulled from the car at gunpoint. It was members of the Lebanese internal scurity forces who arrested him.”

Mohammad, who lived in Britain for 20 years, is a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim.

He has praised the September 11 attacks on America in 2001 and hailed the terrorists as the “magnificent 19″….

Jihad Watch

Democracy activist freed from house arrest in Myanmar

November 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Suu Kyi is the embodiment of hope for her people which makes her more dangerous to the junta than 10,000 rebels with arms.
American Thinker Blog

Aung San Suu Kyi ‘completely free’ after 15 years of arrest

November 13, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Today, the ruthless Burmese junta finally released Aung San Suu Kyi from 15 years of house arrest for her outspoken push for democracy in Burma.

She promised the jubilant crowd, she is not done with her promotion of free elections and speaking out against the government.

A person that is brave and admirable. Makes you thank God everyday we live in a nation where we still have the freedom to speak out against the opposition and hold free elections.

Liberty Pundits Blog

Maldives: Police arrest Muslim marriage celebrant who mocked foreign couple as “swine” and “infidels”

October 29, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Here is the video about which Marisol wrote here. The marriage celebrant has now been arrested. One does wonder, however, how many other marriages he has celebrated. Mocking the kuffar is good fun until it could start having a negative impact upon the tourism industry. “Maldives arrest marriage celebrant after ‘hate’ ceremony,” from AFP, October 29 (thanks to Ima):

COLOMBO (AFP) - Police in the Maldives have arrested a marriage celebrant who abused a foreign couple as “swine” and “infidels” during a luxury ceremony in the holiday paradise, an official said.

Maldivian police spokesman Ahmed Shiyam said the celebrant, who conducted the ceremony in the local language at an upmarket resort fringed by white sand and turquoise water, had been arrested with another hotel employee on Thursday.

A video of the ceremony, during which the hapless couple are taunted and subjected to a series of insulting and religious-tinged abuse, was posted on YouTube and has sparked fears for the country’s tourism-dependent economy….

“You are swine,” the couple were told. “The children that you bear from this marriage will all be bastard swine.

“Your marriage is not a valid one. You are not the kind of people who can have a valid marriage. One of you is an infidel. The other, too, is an infidel and, we have reason to believe, an atheist.”

The wife, wearing a white dress and carrying a bouquet, and her husband smile shyly through the ceremony, which was to renew their marriage vows at a cost of 1,300 dollars.

In front of a table decorated with incense sticks, the English-speaking couple bow their heads in prayer through the torrent of accusations, curses and swearing from the celebrant.

At the end of the 15-minute routine, they exchange rings as the staff clap, before heading onto the beach to plant a coconut tree in the sand.

The Islamic republic of the Maldives, a nation of palm-fringed islands scattered in the Indian Ocean, is one of the world’s most exclusive honeymoon destinations and its economy relies heavily on tourism.

Jihad Watch

Feds arrest man in plot to bomb DC Metro

October 28, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Attack was not imminent.
American Thinker Blog

Turks Arrest Suspected al Qaeda Militants

October 27, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Via the BBC:   Turkey seizes al-Qaeda suspects:

Police in Turkey have arrested 12 people suspected of links to Islamist militant network al-Qaeda in Istanbul and Van province, local media report.

They picked up the suspects in two simultaneous operations and are holding them on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks, officials said.

Weapons, bomb-making items, explosives and digital devices were found.


However, in January police arrested more than 150 people suspected of al-Qaeda links in cities including Ankara and Istanbul.

Similar raids were also carried out in 2009 and 2008.

The Van province is in eastern Turkey on the Iranian border.

Outside the Beltway

Late Sen. Wellstone’s FBI File: Vietnam Protest Arrest, Death Threats

October 25, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The FBI’s file on the late Sen. Paul Wellstone — the progressive anti-war senator from Minnesota who was killed in a plane crash in 2002 — shows that the FBI tracked the progress of his arrest after an anti-Vietnam War protest in 1970, long before he became a senator. The FBI also investigated death threats made against Wellstone after he took office, and followed potential criminal leads into the plane crash that killed him.

Minnesota Public Radio obtained parts of Wellstone’s file through a Freedom of Information Act request and posted them online today. Of note:

  • The FBI followed the arrest of Wellstone and 87 other protesters after an anti-war demonstration outside a federal building in Minneapolis. The protesters were charged with obstructing access to a federal building. The documents don’t make special mention of Wellstone other than noting he was one of the arrested. They also don’t reveal how the Wellstone’s specific case ended, but most of the defendants were convicted and either fined $ 35 or imprisoned for five days.
  • After Wellstone took office in 1991, the agency investigated several death threats made to his office. Wellstone, always vehemently anti-war, had made his first major vote in the Senate one against authorizing military force against Iraq in the first Gulf War. Callers to Wellstone’s office threatened to “throttle” the senator and otherwise harm him. The FBI tracked down one of the callers, who admitted to making the call, but did not prosecute him. The file also shows that Wellstone was assigned protective detail for a week in 1995 after a caller said, “I’m watching you senator and I’m going to kill you within the week.”

  • In October 2002, just days before facing Republican Norm Coleman on Election Day, Wellstone was killed in a plane crash. His wife, daughter, three staffers and the pilots were also killed. Although the National Transportation Safety Board led the investigation into the crash itself, the FBI followed several potential criminal leads. The file shows that agents questioned witnesses of the crash — one of whom claimed he heard gunshots before the plane went down — as well as pilots and mechanics with the company that flew the plane.

  • The FBI also looked into a claim made by a caller who claimed that the American Trucking Association, angry that Wellstone was planning hearings into organized crime in the trucking industry, arranged to have the plane’s de-icers broken. Staff found that no such hearing was planned.

The FBI closed the case in May 2004, 18 months after the crash.

Read the full story here.


Arrest warrant filed for Rahm’s Chicago press thug

October 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

They play rough in Chicago.
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