GOP attacks homegrown pot, Chief Craig lies again, downtown demolition: Friday briefing

These are Friday’s top stories:

Republicans already attack legalized recreational marijuana

Republican lawmakers already are trying to dismantle a successful ballot proposal that legalized recreational marijuana.

State Senate leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof introduced a bill that would ban growing marijuana at home, despite voters approving the measure with 56% of the vote.

The passage of the proposal allows anyone 21 years or older to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at home.

Meekhof said allowing people to grow pot at home would create an abundance of unregulated marijuana.

“People don’t get to make alcohol and serve it in unregulated bars to anyone they want to. Homegrown marijuana is basically unregulated,” Meekof told the Free Press. “It should be in some regulated form, so we have consistency and safety. It’s a mind-altering substance like alcohol. It should be somehow controlled.”

Developer wants to demolish downtown building for parking lot

As developers renovate dozens of buildings in downtown Detroit and Midtown, the owners of a 104-year-old building are trying to demolish the structure to make way for a parking lot.

Preservation Detroit started a petition to save the building at 550 Ford Street, next to the Fort Shelby Hotel, Curbed Detroit reports.

The Historic District Commission is expected to take up the issue on Dec. 12, but because the building is not in a historic district, there’s not much the commission can do.

Mayor Duggan’s administration has often sided with developers who want to demolish architecturally valuable buildings, making this an uphill battle for preservationists.

Chief Craig lies about police response times

Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

The Detroit Police Department is so under-staffed that firefighters often arrive to the scene of shootings and stabbings before squad cars.

But Detroit Police James Craig is trying to claim that is not the case, despite plenty of evidence that it happens every day.

“We need to police backup and we need to public safety on track here,” Detroit Fire Fighters Association President Mike Nevin said, WDIV reports

The statement was made at an award ceremony for public safety officials who go “above and beyond.”

“Inaccurate, inaccurate, I’m disappointed,” Craig said. “First of all know all the facts before you jump out and start making statements.”

Craig’s statements are inaccurate and part of a narrative that he and Mayor Duggan are creating to make people believe Detroit is safer that it is.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.