NB Passes Moratorium on MMJ Dispensaries
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NB Passes Moratorium on MMJ Dispensaries
Posted by CN Staff on April 22, 2009 at 14:27:52 PT
By Lisa Gervais, Assistant Editor 
Source: Voice News
Michigan -- The New Baltimore City Council is taking steps to ensure medicinal marijuana laws aren't abused in the city while the state works out regulations. The council passed a moratorium at the April 13 meeting banning all medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the city for 180 days."What we're doing is actually trying to make sure that we have restrictions until there are guidelines and rules in place," said New Baltimore Mayor Tom Goldenbogen. In November, Michigan voters approved a proposal legalizing medicinal marijuana use in the state, making Michigan the 13th state to do so.
Under the law, which went into effect on Dec. 4, registered patients with valid state-issued identification cards can posses up to 2.5 ounces of usable pot and grow 12 plants in secured, locked areas. Patients are also allowed to designate a caregiver to grow the marijuana for them.According to Matthew Abel, attorney and council for NORML, a national non-profit group with state and local chapters that advocates the legalization of marijuana, Michigan state laws are not expected to allow dispensaries."There is no mechanism set up under the law for any distribution," he said.California became the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana and has served as a litmus test for the rest of the country."California has seen a great deal of problems with marijuana dispensary locations all over the place," New Baltimore Police Chief John Bolgar said. "Basically what they become is more of a source of an increase in crime."He cited the increase of everything from robberies to burglaries around dispensaries."Not everyone who wants marijuana is a patient," he said.But council member Jeff Christie, who voted no on the moratorium along with council member Ken Butler, feels the regulations on medicinal marijuana use should be limited."My feeling is, if anybody's ever seen anybody ever suffer from cancer and the relief they can get from medical marijuana, I just feel that this should be allowed," he said.He also said it was hard to determine when the state would finalize its laws on the matter."They don't move quickly, sometimes," he said. "Maybe it will go quick, maybe it won't. Why wait? People are suffering."Source: Voice News (MI)Author: Lisa Gervais, Assistant Editor Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2009Copyright: 2009 Voice News Contact: thevoice voicenews.comWebsite: Articles: Acquiring Medical Marijuana Remains a Challenge Sign Up for Medical Marijuana
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