Michigan voters to consider green light for recreational marijuana

On April 26, the proposal pushing for a referendum on recreational marijuana was approved by a 4-0 vote. Michiganders will be able to vote on the measure during the November 6 Michigan ballot. “Adult use of cannabis is a human rights issue,” Jeffery Hank, Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Director for MILegalize, an advocacy group for the proposal, said. “As we move towards more fairness, freedom, and justice in our cannabis policy, the public will benefit.”

Like many advocates for the passing of the proposal, Hank believes that the approval of recreational usage in Michigan can bring many jobs and decrease crime rate. “[It will] … end the unnecessary 23,000-plus arrests per year of adults in Michigan every year; a horrible waste of taxpayer resources and an affront to our constitutional liberties,” Hank said.

Meridian Township helps those in need

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12 percent of Meridian Township residents are living below the poverty level. For those who are struggling, Meridian Township has many resources and programs for families in need. One is Meridian Cares. Darla Jackson is a human services specialist for the Meridian Cares program. Jackson helps families with finding shelter, covering utilities, rent to avoid eviction and even help with medications and furniture.

Some of the larger dogs trying to sniff out treats during the March 31, about 20 volunteers from the Ingham County Animal Shelter Fund's Easter egg hunt on March 31.

Dogs brave rough conditions to go on their own Easter egg hunt

It was a windy and rainy day at Hawk Island Park in Lansing, but dogs still showed up to hunt for some treats. On March 31, about 20 volunteers from the Ingham County Animal Shelter Fund spread 1,000 plastic eggs filled with grain-free treats across the grass, and dozens of dogs lined up to sniff them out. There were three separate sections for each size of dog. Once the announcer gave the go-ahead, they were off. Small, medium and large dogs sniffing the ground and occasionally coming across an egg with a prize inside.

After enrollment decrease, Sexton wrestling rebuilds from the ground up

Chris Henderson is in his 20th year as head coach of the wrestling team and third year as Sexton’s athletic director. Henderson was a part of Sexton’s golden days winning three individual championships as a student in 1987-1989. He has been trying to get his team to the winning ways they once had ever since assuming the coaching role.

Declining enrollment compounded by school of choice play a big role in the declining participation of the program, Henderson said. A smaller school and community leads to a smaller student population which means fewer opportunities and less money. He said that kids also transfer to the bigger and better facilities and resources at other schools.

Lansing’s rejuvenating art scene

Lansing has always appreciated art from local artists, whether that is music, film, or painting and sculpting. There are plenty forms of art that cover the area. Lansing is full of passion and creativity. With on-going art renovations in East Lansing, REO Town, Old Town, and on Michigan State University campus, Lansing may be viewed artistic, once again. Downtown East Lansing
Downtown East Lansing has a few art pieces throughout the downtown area.

War on opioids affects local community

The opioid crisis has impacted communities across the nation, and Lansing is no exception. Walnut Neighborhood, located between Old Town and downtown Lansing, is currently struggling with an incoming drug rehabilitation facility proposed in their community. With a lot of turn-of-the-century homes, this neighborhood was part of the original plat of designed homes for Lansing. This is also where the former Michigan School for the Blind campus is located. A house on that land, known as the Superintendent’s house, is where the proposed drug rehabilitation facility is going to be.