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In 2008 Michigan voters passed a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana. Now, an organization called The Ohio Rights Group has submitted a petition to put the issue of medical marijuana on the 2014 ballot in Ohio. This essay explores the impact medical marijuana has had both on Michigan, where it is now legal, and in Ohio, where its growth, sale and use remain outside the law. Marijuana users smoke openly during this year's, "Hash Bash" in Ann Arbor. With a recent Pew Research Center study indicating 52 percent of people favor marijuana legalization, Michigan-based supporters say they feel complete marijuana legalization in inevitable.

 John Evans peers into a makeshift room containing his growing marijuana plants. A proponent and user of medical marijuana, Evans moved to Michigan in 2010 to become a registered care giver, the term used for a legal grower of medical marijuana who supplies a registered patient. Evans became passionate about medical marijuana after watching his grandmother struggle with traditional pain management options during her time in hospice. He says he sees medical marijuana and the decriminalization or legalization of recreational marijuana use to be completely separate issues. "Let's discuss medical marijuana on the merits of its medicinal value," Evans said.

John Evans peers into a makeshift room containing his growing marijuana plants. A proponent and user of medical marijuana, Evans moved to Michigan in 2010 to become a registered care giver, the term used for a legal grower of medical marijuana who supplies a registered patient. Evans became passionate about medical marijuana after watching his grandmother struggle with traditional pain management options during her time in hospice. He says he sees medical marijuana and the decriminalization or legalization of recreational marijuana use to be completely separate issues. "Let's discuss medical marijuana on the merits of its medicinal value," Evans said.

 John Evans pulls back the plastic sealing off one of his medical marijuana growing rooms in the basement of his home near Ann Arbor, Mich. Evans grows marijuana with almost no THC. Instead, his contains more CBD, a chemical compound that has been shown to relieve pain and curb seizures and convulsions. Evans can net up to $20,000 a year for his medical marijuana supply, though he says it is presently his only income.

John Evans pulls back the plastic sealing off one of his medical marijuana growing rooms in the basement of his home near Ann Arbor, Mich. Evans grows marijuana with almost no THC. Instead, his contains more CBD, a chemical compound that has been shown to relieve pain and curb seizures and convulsions. Evans can net up to $20,000 a year for his medical marijuana supply, though he says it is presently his only income.

 John Evans works with his dried marijuana as he processes the plants for consumption in his living room. A proponent and user of medical marijuana, Evans moved to Michigan in 2010 to become a registered care giver, the term used for a legal grower of medical marijuana who supplies a registered patient. Evans became passionate about medical marijuana after watching his grandmother struggle with traditional pain management options during her time in hospice. He says he sees medical marijuana and the decriminalization or legalization of recreational marijuana use to be completely separate issues. "Let's discuss medical marijuana on the merits of its medicinal value," Evans said.

John Evans works with his dried marijuana as he processes the plants for consumption in his living room. A proponent and user of medical marijuana, Evans moved to Michigan in 2010 to become a registered care giver, the term used for a legal grower of medical marijuana who supplies a registered patient. Evans became passionate about medical marijuana after watching his grandmother struggle with traditional pain management options during her time in hospice. He says he sees medical marijuana and the decriminalization or legalization of recreational marijuana use to be completely separate issues. "Let's discuss medical marijuana on the merits of its medicinal value," Evans said.

Medical marijuana activist Tim Beck hoists a joint up as he addresses the hundreds of people assembled for, "Hash Bash," an annual gathering of marijuana rights supporters, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Beck has been working to legalize marijuana in the state of Michigan for more than a decade, and has been a major force behind the passage of the state's medical marijuana legislation. "Marijuana legalization is inevitable," Beck said.

Marijuana supporters gather at this year's, "Hash Bash," in Ann Arbor, Mich. Many openly smoked marijuana at the gathering, which included speeches from many local and regional marijuana rights activists.

"I got my card because I believe all use of marijuana is medicinal," Holice Wood, a medical marijuana user said. Wood runs an organization called TRANSLove Energies in Detroit. The group, which he describes as a private medical marijuana compassion club, is closed to the public. Because the legislation surrounding medical marijuana is vague Wood says he will continue to run his club by invite only.

 Adam Michilak, left, and Joshua Bennett, right, are led out a South Toledo home by police after Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers raided the house at 3034 S. Byrne Road on April, 12. Police valued the confiscated materials, including up to 65 hydroponic marijuana plants, seven pounds of processed marijuana, and an SKS assault rife, and a Dodge Charger at an estimated $115,800. Much of the marijuana seized was hydroponically grown, a shift officials say has been impacted by the higher potency marijuana commonly used by medicinal marijuana users in Michigan.

Adam Michilak, left, and Joshua Bennett, right, are led out a South Toledo home by police after Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers raided the house at 3034 S. Byrne Road on April, 12. Police valued the confiscated materials, including up to 65 hydroponic marijuana plants, seven pounds of processed marijuana, and an SKS assault rife, and a Dodge Charger at an estimated $115,800. Much of the marijuana seized was hydroponically grown, a shift officials say has been impacted by the higher potency marijuana commonly used by medicinal marijuana users in Michigan.

 Marijuana confiscated by Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers from a house at 3034 S. Byrne Road in South Toledo on April, 12 sits in bags outside the property. Police valued the confiscated materials, including up to 65 hydroponic marijuana plants, seven pounds of processed marijuana, and an SKS assault rife, and a Dodge Charger at $115,800. In 2008 Michigan passed a law legalizing medical marijuana and leading to a surge in hydroponics. An organization called The Ohio Rights Group has submitted petitions to institute medical marijuana on the 2014 ballot in Ohio.

Marijuana confiscated by Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers from a house at 3034 S. Byrne Road in South Toledo on April, 12 sits in bags outside the property. Police valued the confiscated materials, including up to 65 hydroponic marijuana plants, seven pounds of processed marijuana, and an SKS assault rife, and a Dodge Charger at $115,800. In 2008 Michigan passed a law legalizing medical marijuana and leading to a surge in hydroponics. An organization called The Ohio Rights Group has submitted petitions to institute medical marijuana on the 2014 ballot in Ohio.

Stacy Saville, center, stands in municipal court for a preliminary hearing on Friday, May 3, 2013. The home Saville was living at in South Toledo was raided by police, who turned up an estimated $115,800 in evidence of an expansive marijuana grow operation. Another defendant, Adam Michilak, was also living in the same house. Much of the marijuana seized was hydroponically grown, a shift officials say has been impacted by the higher potency marijuana commonly used by medicinal marijuana users in Michigan.

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 John Evans peers into a makeshift room containing his growing marijuana plants. A proponent and user of medical marijuana, Evans moved to Michigan in 2010 to become a registered care giver, the term used for a legal grower of medical marijuana who supplies a registered patient. Evans became passionate about medical marijuana after watching his grandmother struggle with traditional pain management options during her time in hospice. He says he sees medical marijuana and the decriminalization or legalization of recreational marijuana use to be completely separate issues. "Let's discuss medical marijuana on the merits of its medicinal value," Evans said.
 John Evans pulls back the plastic sealing off one of his medical marijuana growing rooms in the basement of his home near Ann Arbor, Mich. Evans grows marijuana with almost no THC. Instead, his contains more CBD, a chemical compound that has been shown to relieve pain and curb seizures and convulsions. Evans can net up to $20,000 a year for his medical marijuana supply, though he says it is presently his only income.
 John Evans works with his dried marijuana as he processes the plants for consumption in his living room. A proponent and user of medical marijuana, Evans moved to Michigan in 2010 to become a registered care giver, the term used for a legal grower of medical marijuana who supplies a registered patient. Evans became passionate about medical marijuana after watching his grandmother struggle with traditional pain management options during her time in hospice. He says he sees medical marijuana and the decriminalization or legalization of recreational marijuana use to be completely separate issues. "Let's discuss medical marijuana on the merits of its medicinal value," Evans said.
 Adam Michilak, left, and Joshua Bennett, right, are led out a South Toledo home by police after Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers raided the house at 3034 S. Byrne Road on April, 12. Police valued the confiscated materials, including up to 65 hydroponic marijuana plants, seven pounds of processed marijuana, and an SKS assault rife, and a Dodge Charger at an estimated $115,800. Much of the marijuana seized was hydroponically grown, a shift officials say has been impacted by the higher potency marijuana commonly used by medicinal marijuana users in Michigan.
 Marijuana confiscated by Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers from a house at 3034 S. Byrne Road in South Toledo on April, 12 sits in bags outside the property. Police valued the confiscated materials, including up to 65 hydroponic marijuana plants, seven pounds of processed marijuana, and an SKS assault rife, and a Dodge Charger at $115,800. In 2008 Michigan passed a law legalizing medical marijuana and leading to a surge in hydroponics. An organization called The Ohio Rights Group has submitted petitions to institute medical marijuana on the 2014 ballot in Ohio.

In 2008 Michigan voters passed a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana. Now, an organization called The Ohio Rights Group has submitted a petition to put the issue of medical marijuana on the 2014 ballot in Ohio. This essay explores the impact medical marijuana has had both on Michigan, where it is now legal, and in Ohio, where its growth, sale and use remain outside the law. Marijuana users smoke openly during this year's, "Hash Bash" in Ann Arbor. With a recent Pew Research Center study indicating 52 percent of people favor marijuana legalization, Michigan-based supporters say they feel complete marijuana legalization in inevitable.

John Evans peers into a makeshift room containing his growing marijuana plants. A proponent and user of medical marijuana, Evans moved to Michigan in 2010 to become a registered care giver, the term used for a legal grower of medical marijuana who supplies a registered patient. Evans became passionate about medical marijuana after watching his grandmother struggle with traditional pain management options during her time in hospice. He says he sees medical marijuana and the decriminalization or legalization of recreational marijuana use to be completely separate issues. "Let's discuss medical marijuana on the merits of its medicinal value," Evans said.

John Evans pulls back the plastic sealing off one of his medical marijuana growing rooms in the basement of his home near Ann Arbor, Mich. Evans grows marijuana with almost no THC. Instead, his contains more CBD, a chemical compound that has been shown to relieve pain and curb seizures and convulsions. Evans can net up to $20,000 a year for his medical marijuana supply, though he says it is presently his only income.

John Evans works with his dried marijuana as he processes the plants for consumption in his living room. A proponent and user of medical marijuana, Evans moved to Michigan in 2010 to become a registered care giver, the term used for a legal grower of medical marijuana who supplies a registered patient. Evans became passionate about medical marijuana after watching his grandmother struggle with traditional pain management options during her time in hospice. He says he sees medical marijuana and the decriminalization or legalization of recreational marijuana use to be completely separate issues. "Let's discuss medical marijuana on the merits of its medicinal value," Evans said.

Medical marijuana activist Tim Beck hoists a joint up as he addresses the hundreds of people assembled for, "Hash Bash," an annual gathering of marijuana rights supporters, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Beck has been working to legalize marijuana in the state of Michigan for more than a decade, and has been a major force behind the passage of the state's medical marijuana legislation. "Marijuana legalization is inevitable," Beck said.

Marijuana supporters gather at this year's, "Hash Bash," in Ann Arbor, Mich. Many openly smoked marijuana at the gathering, which included speeches from many local and regional marijuana rights activists.

"I got my card because I believe all use of marijuana is medicinal," Holice Wood, a medical marijuana user said. Wood runs an organization called TRANSLove Energies in Detroit. The group, which he describes as a private medical marijuana compassion club, is closed to the public. Because the legislation surrounding medical marijuana is vague Wood says he will continue to run his club by invite only.

Adam Michilak, left, and Joshua Bennett, right, are led out a South Toledo home by police after Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers raided the house at 3034 S. Byrne Road on April, 12. Police valued the confiscated materials, including up to 65 hydroponic marijuana plants, seven pounds of processed marijuana, and an SKS assault rife, and a Dodge Charger at an estimated $115,800. Much of the marijuana seized was hydroponically grown, a shift officials say has been impacted by the higher potency marijuana commonly used by medicinal marijuana users in Michigan.

Marijuana confiscated by Toledo Narcotics and SWAT officers from a house at 3034 S. Byrne Road in South Toledo on April, 12 sits in bags outside the property. Police valued the confiscated materials, including up to 65 hydroponic marijuana plants, seven pounds of processed marijuana, and an SKS assault rife, and a Dodge Charger at $115,800. In 2008 Michigan passed a law legalizing medical marijuana and leading to a surge in hydroponics. An organization called The Ohio Rights Group has submitted petitions to institute medical marijuana on the 2014 ballot in Ohio.

Stacy Saville, center, stands in municipal court for a preliminary hearing on Friday, May 3, 2013. The home Saville was living at in South Toledo was raided by police, who turned up an estimated $115,800 in evidence of an expansive marijuana grow operation. Another defendant, Adam Michilak, was also living in the same house. Much of the marijuana seized was hydroponically grown, a shift officials say has been impacted by the higher potency marijuana commonly used by medicinal marijuana users in Michigan.

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