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Changing marijuana laws may trip up college students

College is a time for experimentation. As a parent, you know this. Your head is not buried in the sand. You are well aware of the fact that your son or daughter might try marijuana. You may also worry about whether one mistake could affect their entire future.

You may even try to stay abreast of the applicable laws in Michigan, but this can prove difficult because they continue to evolve. Ordinances vary from city to city, and even though state or federal laws may take precedence, voters have approved changes in marijuana ordinances in certain sections of the state.

Binge drinkers make dangerous drivers

When young people develop a taste for alcohol, they are more apt to go in for binge drinking than for establishing any kind of regular drinking pattern. In fact, this is a very popular activity among teenagers and college students. The Surgeon General reported that while young people may not drink as often as older adults, they drink more heavily. Since adolescents tend to believe they are invincible, they may feel confident in their ability to operate a vehicle under the influence. However, if they manage to get behind the wheel after putting away several drinks, they become a danger to themselves and to other drivers.

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Drive drunk and you may need an ignition interlock device

The Repeat Offender laws in the State of Michigan are tough. They are designed either to keep repeat drunk drivers off the road altogether, or to ensure they stay sober behind the wheel. If you have been arrested for the second or even third time for driving under the influence, additional penalties are possible-and probable. For example, the court may require you to have an ignition interlock device.

Designated drivers may not always be sober

A designated driver is defined as a person who will not drink alcohol in order to be able to drive members of a group home safely. Consequently, you may think that appointing a DD allows you to fully enjoy an upcoming social function without worrying about drinking a bit too much. However, a 2013 study of more than a thousand bar patrons, mostly college-age males, found that some designated drivers might be incapable of passing a sobriety test.

Michigan MIP Law UPDATE

The connection between drugs and sexual assault

Although sexual assault can happen to anyone at any age, the greatest concern is for young people on college campuses and those who go to bars and dance clubs. The term "date rape" is often used for an unwanted sexual experience that experts prefer to call "drug-facilitated sexual assault." Certain drugs are effective in relaxing the victim, sometimes to the point of unconsciousness. However, alcohol is found to be used more often than drugs, mainly because it is more accessible.

UPDATE: No Longer a Crime for East Lansing Residents Over 21 to Possess Less than an Ounce of Marijuana

How accurate are the college rape statistics?

At colleges around the country, campus advocates have demanded that change is needed in the way schools respond to reports of sexual misconduct. While it is true that rape is a horrible crime, dubious statistics and unjust campus judiciaries have played their roles in forming the "rape culture" that both victims and the accused must deal with.

Proposed Changes to Michigan's MIP laws

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