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Posted on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 11:15 a.m.

Train master says WALLY rail line is a go; will Ann Arbor turn to licensing or zoning of medical marijuana?

By Cindy Heflin

Here's a sampling of links to news about Ann Arbor in other media:

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Here's what people are clicking on today from our stories on

  • The Newsweek college rankings in the entry: University of Michigan featured in several best college rankings from Kaplan/Newsweek
  • A poll in the entry: Athletic department wants to add permanent lights to Michigan Stadium
  • The Bid4Assets website in the entry: 34 tax-foreclosed properties in Washtenaw County head to auction this month

Here are a few useful links some of our readers have posted in comments on our stories:

  • Information about the Corridor Improvement Authority Act in the entry: New tax-capturing authority proposed to facilitate major redevelopment along Washtenaw Avenue
  • Entry requirements for the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy in the entry: Cost of police services scrutinized as Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township discuss joint department
  • A job posting for a police officer in Wyoming, Mich., in the entry: Cost of police services scrutinized as Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township discuss joint department

A few of today's links from's lead blogger Ed Vielmetti, writing today about tomatoes and the first frost:



Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 6:10 p.m.

"Psychedelic drugs forever man;)" MAryJane is a mild hullucinagenic. Also, pot is only a civil infraction round these parts. I know a few people that have pot farms in California and they do OK without the feds coming in and crashing everything.

Tom Joad

Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 5:04 p.m.

Legalization or medical quasi-legalization will do absolutely NOTHING to curb the power of the cartels. They enforce their trade with an iron fist. Already in California they are muscling their way into the medical marijuana business as the SOLE PROVIDER to the clubs. You're going to say no to an AK 47? It isn't the Humboldt pot farmers who grow most of the weed in CA. It's the cartels. They take over huge swaths of National Parks and Forests, causing an environmental nightmare. Even with so-called taxed weed. The cartels would still push their marketing aggressively to undercut the taxman. Over 20,000 people have been killed in Mexico from ramped up drug wars. It's incredibly naive to think the cartels will disappear with legal weed. America will never legalize what is proven to be a very dangerous psychotic drug. Going after demand through rigorous drug testing as a condition of employment or social benefits is the only way to curb use. It's become a rite-of-passage for your precious 18-year-old child to get his/her medical marijuana card. They are scamming the system and using an unscrupulous doc to help them do it.


Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 3:55 p.m.

A rail line with non-stop service between Ann Arbor and the DTW airport would be welcome.

Macabre Sunset

Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 3:41 p.m.

There are places for rail to support commuter routes in suburbia. Wally does not cover one of those places. The study showed fairly clearly that it would be financially irresponsible to approve this plan. The supporters (like Bagwell) did not do due diligence in assessing the true costs, and that's why there hasn't been financial investment. It's just a handful of silly little bureaucrats who want to play with toy trains. The taxpayers should not subsidize this project at the startup cost of nearly $100,000 per daily commuter. Boondoggle is the correct word to describe this proposal.


Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 3:31 p.m.

WALLY is another loose-screw, crackpot liberal boondoggle. A pipe-dream of the socialized transportation crowd who would happily blow tens of millions for something a few hundred might benefit from. Personal transportation rules - and while it may evolve beyond the internal combustion engine, Americans clearly prefer personal, powered, transport to any of the so-called "public" alternatives - and probably always will. Lest anyone think I'm just picking on crackpot libs, I equally despise crackpot right-wing nut-jobs. Personally, I enjoy driving... find it quite relaxing, for the most part.


Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 3 p.m.

So, Wally is a 'go'. Absolutely, positively. Just that nagging detail of lack of money, though. Suggestion: Get the financing straight first, then make your annoucement.

American Family

Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 2:24 p.m.

This, if followed through would be a violation of Federal Marijuana Law. The federal government regulates drugs through the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. 811), which does not recognize the difference between medical and recreational use of marijuana. I can see the headlines now: "Ann Arbor residents stunned as Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement agencies raid and arrest many in Liberal City supported drug houses... Some just say Wow." Silly people. Pot is illegal. Get over it. The 1960's are long gone man. Communes failed. Darned Hippies. Psychedelic drugs forever man;)


Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 1:10 p.m.

As zoning out has gotten old over the years, let's go with licensing instead. With one exception: A a creative strategy to advance multiple goals, zone WALLY to allow on-board medical dispensaries. That would offer an unique ridership incentive for the budding new train line, extend regional commercial relationships between here and Howell, as well as generate an enhanced sense of reality for patients inclined to feel that their medicine takes them to another place.