An activist in one of Michigan's most important Senate districts has convinced several Public Television stations to use pro-marijuana programming for several broadcast hours each week.
Shiloh Stevens tells TCC that a PTV station in Monroe will play 'Run From The Cure' and 'A NORML Life- The American Marijuana Revolution' on Tuesday, February 11. 'Run' will begin at 8PM; 'Revolution' will begin at 9PM. Both will be shown on MPACT, Monroe County's public access television station.
MPACT can be see locally via Comcast on channel 21, and via the Charter cable network on channel 95.
"Two hours each week," Stevens explained, "they will give programming for two hours each week." Stevens has contacted PTV stations around the state and has arranged programming on other stations in Traverse City, Kalamazoo, Waterford, Grand Rapids, Mount Pleasant- and Wyoming, Michigan.
Monroe is an important district in Michigan because their elected Senator, Randy Richardville, is in control of the fate of two pro-marijuana bills. HB 4271 and HB 5104 both passed the House of Representatives with fantastic majorities and broad bipartisan support; unfortunately Richardville directed the bills to his Committee and then announced he will "sit on them," in a Detroit Free Press interview.
The city of Wyoming just lost an important lawsuit in the Michigan Supreme Court. The Grand Rapids suburb had created an ordinance that banned all activities that violate federal law- a thinly-veiled attack on the use of medical marijuana, allowed in Michigan under the Medical Marihuana Act. A local retired attorney, John Ter Beek, sued the city to halt their ordinance and won.
Although the stations are eager to receive programming direction, there are difficulties to overcome. "Some stations require the participation of a local resident," Stevens explained. He is looking for local sponsors to launch programming in stations covering Battle Creek and Midland; also the station covering the Farmington/Farmington Hills/Novi area.
Oakland County offers the option of programming, but requires a $75 annual membership payment; that membership allows 2 1/2 hours of programming each week.
Other stations need copies of programming to be delivered to their studios, and Stevens is in need of some financial support to both pay membership fees and to crisscross the state delivering videos. Stevens can be reached through The Compassion Chronicles, or via his Facebook page called "Creative Universe."
The one thing Stevens says he is in good supply of is content. "I have so much stuff to choose from," he told TCC. In addition to pre-produced videos like 'Revolution' Stevens has patient testimonials he gathered while working with northern Michigan activists Leon Mix and Peter O'Toole. "I have testimonials from Peter, from Amy Jo Clark and others," he said. He plans to offer videos on other drug war-related programming to the PTV stations, including jury nullification issues.