2014 Campaigns

Michigan Cities Sized Up For Local Marijuana Initiatives In 2014

There were five in 2012 and three in 2013, and Michigan marijuana law reform leaders promise to continue the trend of passing ballot initiatives in Michigan cities in 2014.

Why not? The record of success in these local initiatives is a perfect 14 – 0.

Although local leaders do the bulk of the work to pass local initiatives, all three 2013 success stories- and all but one of the 2012 ballot proposals- were initiated by the Safer Michigan group. Led by veteran political operatives Tim Beck of Detroit and Chuck Ream of Ann Arbor, the Safer group’s leadership has been bolstered by the addition of Justin Soffa.

Beck and Ream were among the interviews conducted during the year’s first episode of the Planet Green Trees Internet radio broadcast, Michigan’s premiere radio show covering medical marijuana topics. Host and attorney Michael Komorn introduced Ream by saying, “He has been advocating for marijuana reform forever.” Komorn called him the “mastermind… in utilizing the ballot initiatives to pass legislation to reform or decriminalize, in some capacity, marijuana.”

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Original Dozen Campaigns

City Population
Saginaw 50790
East Lansing 48579
Port Huron 30184
Oak Park 29319
Mt. Pleasant 26016
Hazel Park 16422
Lapeer 8841
Utica 4757
Clare 3118
Harrison 2114
Benzie County 17525
Frankfort 1286
Onaway 880

Still to Finalize

City Population
Portage 46292
Berkley 14070
Huntington Woods 6238
Pleasant Ridge 2526
Grosse Point Park 11555

Campaigns whose main contact is Tim Beck

Phone: 313.881.8995
Saginaw, Port Huron, Oak Park, Hazel Park, Lapeer, Berkeley, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Gross Pointe Park

Campaigns whose main contact isChuck Ream

Phone: 734.395.0811
East Lansing, Mount Pleasant, Utica, Clare, Harrison, Frankfort, Onaway, Portage