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Guard accused of ignoring inmate suicide threat enters plea


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former prison guard accused in the death of a Michigan inmate who killed herself in 2015 has entered a plea agreement.

The Ann Arbor News reports 49-year-old Dianna Callahan of Flint pleaded no contest Friday to involuntary manslaughter. Chief Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor Steve Hiller says a willful neglect of duty charge will be dismissed.

Hiller says Callahan is expected to get a sentence of no more than six months in jail. The plea came ahead of Callahan's trial, which had been scheduled to begin Monday.

Authorities say Callahan failed to properly respond to a suicide threat made by Janika Edmond at a prison for women.

The update comes as the Michigan Department of Corrections seeks to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the representative for Edmond's estate.

 

Wayne State to host debate on marijuana legalization in Michigan
 

With the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act on the Nov. 6 ballot, Wayne State University is hosting a debate and panel on marijuana legalization in Michigan?today from 2-4 p.m., featuring Washington D.C. drug policy expert Kevin Sabet and Barton Morris of Royal Oak's Cannabis Legal Group. The debate and panel discussion presents both opposing and supporting arguments for the legalization of marijuana in Michigan, along with Wayne State’s scientific research on marijuana use and its effects.

The event will cover:

• A brief history of marijuana and cannabis use;

• Some of the pharmacology/toxicology of marijuana...

• An overview of the current statewide ballot initiative proposing to legalize and tax recreational marijuana use;

• Some of the issues relating to marijuana use and stoned driving;

• Arguments supporting the legalization proposal;

• Arguments opposed to the legalization proposal.

The event will be held at Wayne State's Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 249 Mack Avenue, in the lower-level auditorium.

Participants include:

• Former White House drug policy advisor Kevin Sabet, who co-authored President Barack Obama’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy and is the only drug policy staffer to have served as a political appointee in both Democrat and Republican administrations;

• Cannabis Legal Group Principal Attorney Barton Morris, the only attorney in Michigan certified by the American Chemical Society as a forensic lawyer-scientist maintaining a focus on marijuana related science;

• Wayne State Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Randall Commissaris, who is researching the impact of marijuana on driving ability;

• Wayne State Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Christine Rabinak, who recently spoke at a Congressional briefing on the use of cannabis products to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans.

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