Michigan Marijuana Activist Still Outspoken — From Oakland County Jail

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He ran twice for state representative — unsuccessfully — but also led triumphant petition campaigns in five Oakland County towns to decriminalize the possession of marijuana.

Last week, 28-year-old Andrew Cissell of Oak Park began serving a 90-day sentence in the Oakland County Jail for having possessed and sold medical marijuana in amounts beyond the limits allowed by Michigan’s medical marijuana act. Cissell is a state-registered user of medical-marijuana, which he said he uses to alleviate back pain and ease bouts of anxiety. Cissell and his attorney said his prosecution was unfair, and that he was singled out by police because of his activism.

“You have a young man who wants to change a law that is wrong and that the voters voted to change, but Oakland County can’t accept that and they want to intimidate me so I don’t do any more political stuff,” Cissell said, in a phone interview with the Free Press from jail  in Pontiac.

Not so, countered Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

“There’s nothing political about it,” Bouchard said. “By his own behavior, he is where he is” — in jail, Bouchard said Thursday.

“There are numerous ways that people come to our attention” for investigations, Bouchard said, saying he did not know the specifics of Cissell’s case: “I don’t know him and I don’t care to know him.

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