Councilmember Accused of Pot Possession Says He's Still Running

By: Tony Tagliavia Email
By: Tony Tagliavia Email

Jackson City Councilmember Bill Mure says he's still asking voters to send him back to city hall come November.

"I want the people of my ward decide whether they want me or not," Mure told News 10 before Monday's council meeting. "I'm not just going to go off what a few people say. I'll let them do the speaking."

He says the announcement by investigators that they found what they believe to be marijuana in his home has not affected his ability to do his job.

Investigators made a similar announcement about his sister and fellow Councilmember Sarah Mead. She says it "absolutely" has not affected her job.

But she says she hasn't decided whether to continue her re-election campaign.

"I don't know at this point," Mead told News 10.

Neither of them wanted to talk about what narcotics officers say they found. But one member of the audience at Tuesday's council meeting did have something to say.

"I'm just appalled," William Seelye said.

Seelye says everyone at City Hall ought to be drug tested. And what about Mure and Mead?

"I think the people involved should resign their posts," he said.

Mayor Jerry Ludwig says citizens need to let the system work, but he says the two councilmembers "aren't doing the city any favors" by continuing to serve.

"They're lying under the covers, so to speak," Ludwig said, adding the two haven't been in regular contact with other board members.

Mure and Mead have not been charged. Jackson County prosecutors turned the case over to prosecutors in Livingston County. They say they're waiting for tests to confirm that what officers say they found in the homes is in fact marijuana.

A Michigan State Police lieutenant assigned to the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team says those tests are done and ready to be reviewed by the prosecutor.

That move could lead to charges for the councilmembers.

Officers have said the amount of suspected marijuana they say they found in Mead's home could lead to felony charges. The amount they say they found in Mure's home is only enough for a misdemeanor.


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  • by Rev.Steve Location: Benzonia,MI on Jun 29, 2007 at 09:46 AM
    So they might use cannabis (aka: marijuana)?? SO WHAT?! If they do their jobs,and are good reps for their constituents,what they do in their private lives,in their private homes,is NOBODY'S BUSINESS!! This is just one more example of why we need to end Cannabis Prohibition!! Rev. Steven B. Thompson Executive Director,Michigan NORML 6215 Smeltzer Rd. Benzonia,MI 49616-9788 (231) 882-9721
  • by Bob Location: Charlotte on Jun 28, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    Almost forgot... They are blowing taxpayer money to test the "substance" to find out it it's pot??? HAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAAHa LOL LOL Oh my god - what a waste of money. It's POT you idiot. The fake stuff they sell in High Times doesn't even compare.
  • by Bob Location: Charlotte on Jun 28, 2007 at 09:55 AM
    I'd vote for them again in a heart beat. That pot hasn't fried their brain nearly as much as the booze everyone else who works for the city guzzles all week long. www.norml.org - get the truth
  • by Al Location: Gregory on Jun 28, 2007 at 05:39 AM
    We should be more concerned with what is going on in Bush's office and with him and his staff then these two people. Bush is killing the middle class american as well as our armed forces. Get a grip on it these two people are really not doing anything evil by smoking some pot .....americans should be more concerned with the white house than this
  • by R. Location: Jackson on Jun 28, 2007 at 01:20 AM
    Get rid of them.When the "average Joe" gets popped for dope..what happens to him?Be one with your community..accept the same consequences that anybody else would if they were busted.
  • by Richard Location: Lansing on Jun 27, 2007 at 05:07 PM
    Marijuana use is a Civil Rights issue and, I would vote for these two because they are honest people. There are enough wackos on Legal Mood Altering drugs screwing up the place now. These two are down to earth people that love their city! Support Statewide Marijuana Reform for Medical use!
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Jun 27, 2007 at 03:14 PM
    I have to ask a question where are they are getting there dope from ? A dealer or are they growing it If they are getting it from a dealer then I wonder what other drugs they have been exposed to. If they are growing it have they ever sold to pepol ? Im sad that they are not in my ditrict because if they were Id do everything I could to keep them out or get them fired. Do you really want a drug user to run your city? And as for Mr. Bush hes not useing now. I used to be a pot head and I know what it can do to you ,it impairs your judgment and in high doses it is a hallucinogen. Just like booze pot can kill if you drive and smoke the only diff. is that you dont hear as much about drug accidents as booze accidents. Get rid of them period.
  • by J Jackson Location: Lansing on Jun 27, 2007 at 12:39 PM
    We should be more appalled by the officers and judges that drink alcohol and drive drunk that do not get caught. Marijuana should be legal. It's a shame our government is making so much money buy keeping it illegal. How many accidents are caused from marijuana smokers verses drunk drivers. Our government should be ashamed. Good luck Bill and Sarah. I support you both and I am not a pot smoker!!!
  • by joy Location: michigan on Jun 27, 2007 at 12:21 PM
    I believe they should outlaw booze and leave the pot smokers alone. If they would let ppl in prison who were only busted for pot go our prisons would not be overcrowded either.
  • by freedom Location: USA on Jun 27, 2007 at 09:23 AM
    I feel there is no difference between what these people did and alcohol, as long as it is for personal consumption on your own time and not done at work.
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