Source: Chicago Free Press
John Landino of Eastpointe awaits visitors to his booth in Grand
Circus Park at today’s Marijuana March in downtown Detroit, where he
gathered signatures on petitions to legalize marijuana.
The event ran
As thousands of Tiger baseball fans streamed through downtown
Detroit’s Grand Circus Park on their way to today’s game this afternoon,
some spied a gathering of about 200 people on the east side of the
And some stopped to sign petitions to legalize marijuana, said John
Landino, 56, of Eastpointe, part of Detroit’s 12th-annual Marijuana
March, noon-6 p.m. today. Supporters of medical uses for the drug joined
with those who want it legalized for recreational and other uses at the
event, said Landino. He’s a medical-marijuana user who has a
deteriorating spine, he said.
Tiger fans from Oakland, Macomb and Kent counties signed his
petitions, he said. The petitions are aimed at getting a legalization
question on November ballots. Volunteers must gather about 323,000
signatures by early July, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office has
“This is a good thing for educating the public,” Detroiter Tim Beck
said at 3:15 p.m., after addressing the crowd through a microphone
borrowed from a rock band that had been playing.
“Little by little, I think we’re getting through to people,” said
Beck, president of Michigan Benefit Providers in Detroit — a
managed-care health insurance firm — and a long-time advocate of
legalizing the drug.
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