Illicit drugs aren’t just a big-city problem; small towns face the issue as well

By Cydni Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Drugs are an issue that has been present for a very long time. Although there are some places that have a higher rate of drug crimes, it must not be forgotten that they are everywhere — including small rural cities. According to the St. Johns Police Department Annual Report there were 39 drug crimes there in 2015, a number that is about half compared to 2012 which had 61. “St.

DeWitt continues to see an increase in drugged driving cases

By Zachary Manning
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — The city of DeWitt has seen a rise in the number of drugged driving cases over the past few years. Drugged driving is driving while under the influence of drugs. From 2012-2015, the city of DeWitt has seen rises in drugged driving cases. In 2012, the city had six cases. In 2013, the city had seven cases.

Parents, beware: prescription drug abuse comes to DeWitt

By Shane Jones
The Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — In the quiet town of DeWitt, there is not too much to talk about. Upon your first glance the small city of DeWitt looks just like every small city. A very calming place, with trees, parks, and houses that sit way back on driveways as long as a football field. But, just like everywhere else in the world, there is crime. Flash back to last month when three Michigan residents were arrested for prescription drug abuse.

Dispensaries growing as Lansing struggles to regulate

By Alexander Smith
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Medical marijuana dispensaries are all over Lansing, and each one is different. Some look professional, others look questionable, and on some streets, they are right across from each other. Spacing between dispensaries is one of the many regulations laid out in the official city ordinance, but the ordinance has never been enforced. In State of Michigan v. McQueen, the Michigan Supreme Court upheld that the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act does not permit patient-to-patient transfers of marijuana. In his dissent, former Justice Michael F. Cavanagh said the majority’s decision meant “…virtually all medical-marijuana dispensaries are illegal and thus enjoinable as a nuisance because those operations facilitate patient-to patient transfers of marijuana.”

City Ordinance 1168 was passed in 2011 and laid out regulations and licensing procedure for dispensaries in Lansing.

The DeWitt Police Department’s is working to combat drugged driving

By Skyler Ashley
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — DeWitt has been facing difficulties in regards to “drugged driving” i.e., driving while under the influence of drugs. The crime is classified as Operating While Under the Influence of Drugs (OWID) and problems arise for police officers, because there does not exist a simple test for sobriety akin to a Breathalyzer. Police officers must know the symptoms of the various highs in order to make an effective arrest. “Prescription meds, heroin, it’s all so prevalent now. In this county, it’s getting to be that 10 percent of our intoxicated drivers are intoxicated under the influence of drugs.

Meth a growing menace in Clinton County, cops say

By Madeline Sewell
Clinton County Chatter staff reporter

ST. JOHNS –– Over the course of history the human race has run though its fair share of popular drugs. One year opium is out of control, and the next it’s LSD. This most recent drug of choice is meth. And it has found it’s way to Clinton County.

Crime freeze: Delhi Township sees less crime in wintertime

By Courtney Kendler
Holt Journal staff reporter

With winter right around the corner, crime may be one less thing Delhi Township residents need to worry about. With the expectations of another bitterly-cold winter, crime rates may drop, along with temperatures. According to an April 2015 monthly report for Delhi Township, the number of calls for service from January to April of 2013 was 1,384. That number decreased to 708 calls between January and April of 2014. The number of citations issued in Delhi Township also decreased during the same period, from 993 in 2013, to 783 in 2014.

Lawmakers may be bypassed in outlawing synthetic drugs

By ALEX MITCHELL
Capitol News Service
LANSING—New versions of dangerous synthetic drugs could be outlawed quickly after they’re invented under a proposal that would let state authorities act faster than the legislature. “These drugs are a hazard to public health,” said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, who is sponsoring the bill. The active ingredients in synthetic marijuana are applied to various dried vegetation. A slight alteration can create a new compound that is not one of the three synthetic chemicals on the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s Schedule 1 list, a list of illegal drugs that have no recognized medicinal use such as heroin and LSD, Jones said. “A rogue chemist would go in and alter the molecular structure of an illegal substance, creating a similar effect but a different subject,” Jones said.