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Radio Made in Michigan
2:22 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Current State #94 | May 24, 2013

Today on Current State: marijuana convictions in Okemos; slavery films; Michigan’s bad year for mosquitoes and MSU “Food for Thought” food truck.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:20 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Attorney alleges 'miscarriage of justice' over local marijuana convictions

Currently, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act only allows patients with the need for medical marijuana to either grow the plant on their own, or find an individual -- known as the primary caregiver -- who is willing to grow it for them to do so. However, registered primary caregivers can only assist up to five qualifying patients.
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Marijuana possession is still a federal crime, but law enforcement and prosecution has been extremely confusing in many states -- including Michigan -- which have legalized the use of marijuana to varying degrees.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Examining slavery in American film

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Slavery is a part of American history, but a part people are uncomfortable speaking about.  So, contemporary conversations about slavery often play out on the big screen. 

And, apparently, we still have a lot to say about it. Seven new films about slavery are slated to come out in 2013.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:49 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Swarms of mosquitoes have followed heavy spring flooding

MSU professor Ned Walker says heavy spring flooding this spring is creating a very severe mosquito population in Michigan.
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If you’ve been outside in the last few weeks, it's not hard to notice the swarms of attacking mosquitoes. The creepy buzzing in the ears, the itchy welts and the inordinate blood loss -- they all seem particularly bad this spring. Ned Walker, MSU entomology professor and an expert on the dastardly mosquito, talked with Current State host Mark Bashore about how bad it is and why.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

'Food for Thought' is newest addition to local food truck scene

The "Food for Thought" food truck debuted on MSU Campus on March 25.
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In March, Spartan Hospitality Group at Michigan State University launched a new venture that it hoped would change the nature of fast food on the MSU campus and beyond. The venture is called the "Food for Thought" food truck. Since then, business has steadily grown.

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