Cushingberry Blames 'Anti-Weed People' for Council Defeat; Plans State Senate Run

George Cushingberry Jr.: "It's time to . . . use my talents in terms of budget." (Detroit government photo)

Detroit Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry, aka "Cush," may be oversimplifying things when he assesses his election loss Tuesday.

"What happened to Cush?" he says in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. "The anti-weed people ganged up on him."

Cushingberry, who lost in the primary and ran as a write-in candidate, has supported the growing medical marijuana industry in Detroit and the two medical marijuana ballot questions voters approved Tuesday that relax restrictions on medical marijuana facilities.

Cushingberry will run next year for state Sen. Bert Johnson's seat, he tells Katrease Stafford:

"The plan was to always run for Senate," Cushingberry, 64, said. "I always wanted to go to the Senate and it's because we need to change the tenor of government in Lansing. We need help in Lansing to solve the problems for the city.

"Right now, in my opinion, it could be a lot better in terms of the direction for urban cities throughout Michigan. . . . It's my time to show people and to use my talents in terms of budget."

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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