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  • The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

    Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action: For instance,”Help us flush the pooper.” The company that purchased the billboard, Adams Outdoor Advertising, knows how to reach the world in the 21st Century, branding each billboard with a hashtag for the public utilize in its efforts: #ypsipooper. WJBK-TV says the billboard also toggles through other rich lines, such as: “Do your civic doody, report the pooper #YPSIPOOPER” “Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.” You can have the runs, but you can’t hide. They’re still looking for you, Mystery Pooper.

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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

    CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers landlords the best return on their investment in the nation. Investors who buy homes in the metro area can expect a 30% gross annual return from rents. That’s triple the national average of 10%. RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company, says the county offers investors low prices for larger homes — with a median price of $45,000. “We’ve got some steals here,” said Rachel Saltmarshall, a real estate agent and immediate past president of the Detroit Association of Realtors, told CNN. “There’s a six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home in a historic district selling for $65,000.” For more, read the entire report here.

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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

    This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

    The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

    Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories, our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now, […]

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The Michigan Marijuana Tour

A Statewide look at disparate marijuana laws.

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The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, passed in 2008, made pot legal for patients with certain medical conditions. But the MMMA is not the only story in the state when it comes to legislating the cannabis plant. There are decriminalization efforts working their way around city by city, and some expect a statewide effort in 2016. Let’s take a little tour around the Mitten for an update on some of the various laws.

Lansing

This November, voters there will cast ballots on a petition initiative calling for decriminalization of 1 ounce or less of marijuana for adults and — a new twist in the standard decriminalization — the right to transfer it. Lansing’s Mayor Virg Bernero has voiced his support for the initiative.

(However, last week Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette notified the governor’s office that the proposed Lansing city charter amendment violates state law. Ballots are already printed and it remains unclear how this will play out.)

Flint

Flint’s petition initiative provides decriminalization for those ages 19 and older with the right to transfer.

Ferndale

Decriminalization of 1 ounce or less for adults is on the ballot this November — including transfers. If the initiative passes, it will be the first community in Oakland County, where law enforcement has taken an aggressive anti-marijuana stance since the MMMA was passed.

Ferndale is where County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper and Sheriff Mike Bouchard made it clear they weren’t going to tolerate dispensaries by busting Clinical Relief there in August 2010, along with Everybody’s Café in Waterford. They also raided the homes of Clinical Relief co-owner Nick Agro and his parents Sal and Barb Agro, both registered medical marijuana patients. Barb, 70, worked at Clinical Relief as a receptionist; Sal, 67, died from a heart attack a week after the raids.

Detroit

In 2012, Detroiters voted on what has become the standard decriminalization package: Adults, 21 and older, may possess and use as much as 1 ounce of marijuana on private property. Where do they get it? Well, that isn’t considered by the provision, but folks seem to be getting it from somewhere.

Ann Arbor

The City of Trees has the richest history of pot activism in the state. In 1967, The Michigan Daily, U-M’s student newspaper, made worldwide news when it called for legalization. More significant, in 1971, two and a half years after poet and political activist John Sinclair was sentenced to 10 years for giving two joints to an undercover narcotics officer, it was where 15,000 people attended a Free John Now Rally at Crisler Arena.

In September 1972, the Ann Arbor City Council passed a law reducing the penalty for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana to a $5 civil infraction, although they repealed it in June 1973. Then, in April 1974, voters took things into their own hands, amending the city charter to restore the $5 civil infraction. The charter amendment is still in place, although the fine is now $50.

Ypsilanti

In 2012, voters said yes to a Lowest Law Enforcement Priority ordinance regarding marijuana possession offenses.

Jackson

Voters in Jackson will vote on decriminalization in November 2013, with the provision for transfers.

Kalamazoo

In 2012, city commissioners voted to decriminalize possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for those 21 and older. The penalty is a civil infraction, with a $100 fine for first offenders.

Newberg Township

Rainbow Farm was a marijuana-friendly campground in Newberg Township run by Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm. From 1996 to 2002, it was the center for marijuana activists in Michigan. The relationship between the farm and law enforcement was not good, and in May 2001 state police found more than 200 marijuana plants growing on the property. Crosslin faced firearm charges in addition to marijuana offenses. The two failed to show up for an August hearing.

On Labor Day weekend 2001, while police maintained surveillance, the two men burned 10 buildings on the farm, shot at a news helicopter, a police surveillance plane and in the general direction of police in the woods; on Sept. 3, 2001, they were shot by police.

There was little news about the deaths; a week later, the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 dominated the news for months. However, many Michigan observers believe the Rainbow Farm events galvanized marijuana activists in the state to fight to change the marijuana laws.

Grand Rapids

Last year, voters approved a citizen initiative to decriminalize possession of small amounts, with a $25 fine for a first offense.

Mount Pleasant

This is where the Compassionate Apothecary was located and where the so-called McQueen case began, when the dispensary was cited as a public nuisance in 2010. The case eventually made it to the state Supreme Court, which made the end-of-the-road ruling for dispensaries that patient-to-patient sales are not allowed under the MMMA. This crushed any hope that dispensaries would be allowed under current law. HB4271, now pending in the state legislature, would allow for marijuana provisioning centers in Michigan.

Grand Traverse County

The Koon case originated here when Rodney Koon was stopped for speeding and voluntarily admitted that he had been smoking marijuana. Eventually the state Supreme Court ruled that the MMMA supersedes the Michigan Vehicle Code and that the presence of THC in a driver’s blood does not automatically mean that they are driving while impaired.

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