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Raids put dispensaries on edge

Recent Michigan Court of Appeals ruling prompts raids
By James David Dickson
A2 Journal

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Officers from the Livingston and Washtenaw Narcotics Enforcement Team have raided at least two medical marijuana dispensaries in Ann Arbor in the wake of last weeks Michigan Court of Appeals ruling that selling marijuana in private dispensaries is illegal. Others have chosen to close their doors voluntarily until law enforcement activity dies down. In 2008, some 58 percent of Michigan voters passed a measure allowing patients

with a doctors recommendation to obtain medical marijuana. In 2004, 74 percent of Ann Arbor voters passed a similar measure more permissive, actually allowing for medical

marijuana. But last Wednesdays appeals court ruling has put a chill on the local marijuana industry. At about 10:40 a.m. Aug. 24, officials from the Livingston and Washtenaw

Narcotics Team raided the Med Mar medical marijuana dispensary at 1818 Packard Road, said Chuck Ream, part-owner of the dispensary Three Med Mar affiliates Brandon Ghezzi, Dave Ghezzi and Jordan Ghezzi were arrested in the raid, sources say. Police also emptied safes and took all of the marijuana that was on site. They left behind two pot cupcakes and a marijuana chocolate bar, though. Med Mar serves some 800 patients, Ream said. For the time being, those patients will need to go elsewhere to find their medicine. Photo by James Dickson And the dispensarys six employees will have to find Police emptied every safe at the Med Mar medical marijuana dispensary in Ann Arbor. Chuck Ream, PLEASE SEE RAIDS/2-A part-owner, is pictured.

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Parents meet with school ofcials on bus stop issue

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Common bus stops cause safety concerns

By James David Dickson
A2 Journal

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Liz Margolis, director of communications for Ann Arbor Public Schools, checks out a map of common bus stops.

Dont expect board to comment on bus stops

Ofcial says bus stops not a board issue
By James David Dickson
A2 Journal

Were not changing anything before school starts. So said Liz Margolis, director of communications for Ann Arbor Public Schools, when asked what, if anything, might result from a meeting between district officials and northside parents concerned that their children will have to walk long distances to common bus stops at Northside and Logan elementary schools. Last year, high school students caught the bus at neighborhood bus stops. Parents are hoping that 2010-11 bus stops can be reinstated if

not, then the creation of new common bus stops in densely-populated areas like the Arrowwood Hills Cooperative, which sends about 40 students to Skyline. Margolis and Robert Allen, director of operations who was interim superintendent when the plan for common bus stops was drafted, will be meeting the parents 6 p.m. Thursday at the Arrowwood Hills community center. Tom Moore, director of transportation for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, will also be at the meeting, Margolis said. Board members Simone Lightfoot, who hails from Arrowwood, and Susan Baskett are planning to be at the meeting. But they likely wont be joined by any colleagues, as trustees are inclined to view what

More than 100 parents from the Arrowwood, Foxfire, Carrot Way and other northside neighborhoods met with school district and transportation leaders Aug. 25 at the Arrowwood Hills Cooperatives community happens from here as an center at 2566 Arrowwood issue for the administraTrail. tion. It was parents first Board of Education chance to share their conPresident Deb Mexicotte cerns about common bus had told The Ann Arbor stops for high school stuJournal that setting bus dents with decision-makers stop locations was not a in a face-to-face setting. board matter. In addition to Liz The majority of her Margolis, the districts colleagues agree. While director of communiSimone Lightfoot and cations; Robert Allen, Susan Baskett want a spedeputy superintendent of cial meeting, and would operations; and Tom Moore, only need a yes from one of director of transportathe five remaining board tion for the Washtenaw members to get it, dont Intermediate School expect to see the school DIstrict, addressed parents board get involved any time safety concerns. soon. They were flanked by This is despite a high school board trustees volume of push-back from Simone Lightfoot and Board parents. of Education Vice President Glenn Nelson compares Susan Baskett. All seven of what hes heard from parAnn Arbors school board ents to the feedback the members have fielded many board got for a proposal to calls and taken emails on share principals at four ele- the issue, but only the two, who had been involved up PLEASE SEE STOP/5-A to this point, showed up.

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Whats a community meeting without some ground rules? Margolis started out with the bad news: Ann Arbor Public Schools and its transportation provider, the WISD, wont be altering routes before the start of the school year. What the district will do, though, is assess the situation on the first two Fridays of the school year, Sept. 9 and Sept. 16. On Sept. 21, the district will make recommendations on any necessary adjustments to Superintendent Patricia Green and the school board. Margolis outlined the districts budget woes, which have included an average of $15 million in budget reducPLEASE SEE ISSUE/2-A

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