Explained: Since Prop 1 Passed, Can I Grow Pot?

Explained: Since Prop 1 Passed, Can I Grow Pot?
Posted by CN Staff on November 14, 2008 at 19:09:31 PT
By Elaine LaFay, Daily Staff Reporter 
Source: Michigan Daily 
Michigan -- On November 4, Proposal 1 to legalize medicinal marijuana passed in Michigan by a landslide, capturing 63 percent of the vote. But don’t expect to see any “pot shops” on State Street — it’s not California. The new proposal is not a green light to grow pot, even if you’re feeling faint or feverish. Under Michigan’s proposal, a person must have a debilitating illness including cancer, glaucoma, Crohn’s Disease, Hepatitis C, or AIDS in order to qualify for medical marijuana.
Of the ten million people living in Michigan, only about 50,000 are eligible to use marijuana.But simply having one of these diseases isn’t enough to be able to grow marijuana legally, said Chris Chiles, executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. “You’d need to have a written doctor’s recommendation and then you’d need to apply for an ID card with the Department of Community Health,” he said. Chiles said if the patients are unwilling or unable to grow the marijuana for themselves, they could designate a caregiver to grow it for them. “If a person is not qualified under this initiative to be a patient and they choose to be a caregiver, they have to have a designated patient and the ID card of that patient to grow the marijuana for them,” he said. However, not just anyone can be a caregiver. The caregiver is chosen by the patient and must be at least 21 years old with no prior felony convictions involving drugs. Once the patient chooses a caregiver, the caregiver has to follow the same rules for growing the plants as patients under the legislation, including registering with the Department of Community Health. “They can cultivate 12 plants in a locked facility and possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana,” Chiles said. “The caregivers can only have up to five patients.” Public Health Prof. Donald Vereen told The Michigan Daily earlier this month that he’s worried about how the initiative will be implemented because it doesn’t specify how patients would get marijuana in the first place.“I would be much more supportive of the bill if it at least acknowledged the risk that because marijuana — because it should be available to these folks who are suffering legitimately — it puts young people more at risk.” he said.Source: Michigan Daily (MI Edu)Author: Elaine LaFay, Daily Staff Reporter  Published: November 13th, 2008Copyright: 2008 The Michigan DailyContact: daily.letters umich.eduWebsite: Related Articles & Web Sites:SSDP Arresting Patients Marijuana Policy Undetermined Approve Medical Marijuana
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Comment #7 posted by museman on November 15, 2008 at 11:24:32 PT
from comment 4 link
"...first-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and first-degree promotion of a harmful drug, both felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison."Here they go with their damn legaleze again!"Promotion of a 'harmful' drug."What a can of worms.So if my doctor 'promotes' a drug that proves harmful, or even fatal, due to the profit motivation of the pharmaceutical companies who "promote" their drugs every day and night on TV and the internet, then he and the pharmas who 'promoted' the drug are felons deserving up to 20 years in prison. Sounds about right, how come the doctors, and pharmas are walking so free and able to repeat their heinous ativities of 'promoting harmful drugs?'"We're not picking on anybody, except those who are doing things unlawfully," (Maui County Deputy Police Chief Gary Yabuta) said.Stupid, inane, assinine, hypocritical...."Unlawfully?" Somebody better look at the way that term is being used. AS far as I amconcerned there are 'laws' invented by small-minded men to insure thier comfort and plcace in the status quo, and then there is THE LAW -you know the ones that God (unrecognized by the status quo as deserving the recognition of authorship -oh that's right God doesn't have any 'published' works (men wrote the bible)-THE LAW is simple and clear. Everyone understands it -except perhaps lawyers, cops, and other 'professionals' established in status quo standards.According to THE LAW, and the one ammendment ratified over 2000 years ago (Love) the criminals are the ones who are pretending to be the good guys,And yet people keep investng their belief in this failed system of cops, lawyers, judges, and the rich people who pay for their services (along with their tax-funded wages), as if they were completely blind to the facts going on in their own neighborhoods, towns, and cities- like the good citizens who covinced themselves of the visibility and other incredible imaginings concerning a non-existant emporers robe.Freedom will not come from the institutions that were invented to STOP freedom. Wise up people.I HEREBY PROMOTE THE USE OF CANNABIS FOR ALL THAT AILS YOUPROMOTE PROMOTE PROMOTE
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on November 15, 2008 at 09:30:13 PT
How Patients Would Get Marijuana 
People will grow the herb and that's how patients will get medical marijuana. Like someone said about Amsterdam that what do you think God opens the Heavens and rains it down on people? We need logic to rule again. A little common sense would help too.
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Comment #5 posted by Storm Crow on November 15, 2008 at 09:11:22 PT
"it doesn’t specify how patients would get marijuana in the first place."Same place they've been getting it all along! Your friendly neighborhood dealer! DUH! Then there are hundreds of seed banks and some of them are brave enough to send seeds to the US! And some patients will have friends who have a plant and can take a cutting. A few will struggle, but most will find that first plant without too much trouble! In a few months there will be a thriving underground supply of seeds and clones available.I am just amazed at the obtuseness of some folks!Dispensaries and reciprocity are essential in any new cannabis laws! We have 13 states and about 1/4 of the population, but we are divided, single entities. When we unite, grant reciprocity to other MMJ states, we will be MUCH STRONGER! When your state finally decides to get sane about cannabis, remember that and make a fuss until it is written into the proposed law! 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on November 15, 2008 at 05:41:23 PT
Pot Growers Hid Behind Medical Law, Police Say
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Comment #3 posted by fight_4_freedom on November 14, 2008 at 22:53:04 PT
Cannabis Film'm sorry if it has already been posted. I have only watched a quarter of it but I can already tell you that it's a must see!Very well put together from what I've watched so far.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on November 14, 2008 at 21:13:12 PT
Public Health Prof. Donald Vereen is worried.
If someone is not particular, they can just take the class A Narcotics, complete with the full assortment of potential side effects including death.Does (worried) Public Health Prof. Donald Vereen think Oxycotin, morphine, Vicodin, Percocet, Valium etc puts young people LESS at risk?
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on November 14, 2008 at 20:51:10 PT
No, you can't have it ...
and behind the scenes we'll make sure of that ...
On a mission from God!
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