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Posted by CN Staff on June 07, 2009 at 06:52:47 PT
By The Grand Rapids Press Editorial Board
Source: Grand Rapids Press
Grand Rapids, MI --  Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana ballot initiative last year. A majority of voters in every county supported the issue, which garnered 63 percent of the ballots cast. The clear intent was to allow people with certain medical conditions to obtain marijuana to relieve suffering. What the law didn't provide, however, was a legal means for approved users to acquire the drug.
Legislation recently introduced in the state Senate takes aim at that glaring hole in the law. It proposes a distribution system for medical marijuana that includes state-licensed growers and prescriptions filled by pharmacists.Whether it's a good plan is certainly debatable, but at least it's a starting point for discussion. If marijuana is going to be used for medical purposes in Michigan -- as voters wished -- approved users shouldn't have to break the law to obtain it, as is currently the case. State lawmakers and health officials should be diligently trying to create a system under which residents approved to use the drug can get it legally.Despite passage last November of the medical marijuana initiative, which allows approved patients to possess and grow the drug, it remains illegal in Michigan to buy marijuana or the seeds to grow it. That means residents approved to use medical marijuana, or their caretakers, will have to break the law at some point to acquire it.The state's medical marijuana law allows people with cancer, HIV, AIDS, glaucoma and other qualifying diseases to use marijuana to relieve their symptoms, if a doctor recommends it. Qualifying patients can apply for a permit allowing them to legally possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana or grow 12 marijuana plants in a locked, enclosed area, or designate a caregiver to do so for them.The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) reviews medical marijuana applications and issues picture ID cards to approved users. The MDCH has received more than 2,100 applications since April, and has issued ID cards to more than 1,100 patients and 400 caregivers, who can provide marijuana to up to five patients.Sens. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, and Gerald Van Woerkom, R-Norton Shores, have proposed legislation that calls for medical marijuana to be treated the same as other schedule 2 narcotics used for medical purposes. Drugs such as morphine, steroids, Valium and others are illegal without a doctor's prescription and their production and use are regulated by the government. The senators are proposing something similar for medical marijuana in Michigan.Instead of allowing approved users to grow their own supply, the legislation would license up to 10 marijuana growing facilities statewide. Pharmacists would be required to purchase medical marijuana from those facilities and require a doctor's prescription to distribute it to patients. That could be a stumbling block. Marijuana has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Doctors, by federal law, can't prescribe marijuana for a patient, only recommend it.Although buying, possessing, growing and selling marijuana is a federal crime, the Obama administration has said federal officials will back off prosecuting medical marijuana users in states where voters have approved the drug for medical purposes. That perhaps opens the door to some incarnation of the distribution system proposed by Mr. Kuipers and Mr.Van Woerkom.Source: Grand Rapids Press (MI)Published: Sunday, June 07, 2009Copyright: 2009 Grand Rapids PressContact: pulse grpress.comWebsite: Articles:Better Rules Needed for Medical Marijuana Reasonable Plan To Regulate MMJ Sellers
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Comment #35 posted by jeffsyrov on June 12, 2009 at 02:42:00 PT:
Thanks FoM 
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Comment #34 posted by FoM on June 10, 2009 at 06:43:35 PT
Welcome to CNews. You have a very nice web site. 
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Comment #33 posted by jeffsyrov on June 10, 2009 at 05:04:00 PT:
Hello, CN Staff 
Well everybody knows that marijuana comes in illegal by law but now marijuana has been legalized at some countries and states by government. Government prescribe a license for supply of marijuana.
Legalization of Marijuana
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Comment #32 posted by Hope on June 09, 2009 at 20:43:28 PT
That's wonderful, Juztbudz.
Don't let them get away with this stunt."Our next step is to make sure that these folks do not get a chance to try to ruin more is summer break time and wherever Kuipers and his co-sponsors try to go to a public forum to tell people how well they are doing, there will be a few of us, in our wheelchairs, walkers and wielding our canes, asking them if 64% of that days audience "made a terrible mistake" when they voted for Prop. 1." 
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Comment #31 posted by juztbudz on June 09, 2009 at 19:54:43 PT:
Senator Kuipers family business...
"Instead of allowing approved users to grow their own supply, the legislation would license up to 10 marijuana growing facilities statewide."
Well guess what the Kuipers family business consists of...several "greenhouse" facilities throughout the state. Wonder who will be getting the 10 grow licenses for Michigan's medical cannabis? They figure if they can't beat us, they'll just take away a few more of our rights...not to worry tho folks, this series of bills will not make it out of committee. Too many of us are pointing out the obvious flaws in thier plan. Just ain't gonna happen.
Our next step is to make sure that these folks do not get a chance to try to ruin more is summer break time and wherever Kuipers and his co-sponsors try to go to a public forum to tell people how well they are doing, there will be a few of us, in our wheelchairs, walkers and wielding our canes, asking them if 64% of that days audience "made a terrible mistake" when they voted for Prop. 1. 
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Comment #30 posted by Hope on June 09, 2009 at 17:29:26 PT
Another excerpt:
The federal government’s argument that marijuana has no medical value is straightforward. A
drug, in order to meet the standard of the Controlled Substances Act as having a “currently
accepted medical use in treatment in the United States,” must meet a five-part test:(1) The drug’s chemistry must be known and reproducible,(2) there must be adequate safety studies,(3) there must be adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy,(4) the drug must be accepted by qualified experts, and(5) the scientific evidence must be widely available.According to the DEA, botanical marijuana meets none of these requirements. First, marijuana’s
chemistry is neither fully known nor reproducible. Second, adequate safety studies have not been
done. Third, there are no adequate, well-controlled scientific studies proving marijuana is
effective for any medical condition. Fourth, marijuana is not accepted by even a significant
minority of experts qualified to evaluate drugs. Fifth, published scientific evidence concluding
that marijuana is safe and effective for use in humans does not exist.The same DEA Final Order that set forth the five requirements for currently accepted medical use
also outlined scientific evidence that would be considered irrelevant by the DEA in establishing
currently accepted medical use. These include individual case reports, clinical data collected by
practitioners, studies conducted by persons not qualified by scientific training and experience to
evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the substance at issue, and studies or reports so lacking in
detail as to preclude responsible scientific evaluation. Such information is inadequate for experts
to conclude responsibly and fairly that marijuana is safe and effective for use as medicine. The
DEA and other federal drug control agencies can thereby disregard medical literature and opinion
that claim to show the therapeutic value of marijuana because they do not meet the government’s
standards of proof.
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Comment #29 posted by Hope on June 09, 2009 at 16:56:31 PT
And of course
That's just a tiny bit of the large document given to Congressmen to "Know" something about what they're voting for. Someone else already did some pretty good research for them... but most of them will probably be too beligerant and hard hearted and hard headed to even read it.
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Comment #28 posted by Hope on June 09, 2009 at 16:53:51 PT
Well... we know now.
"... the obvious purpose and effect of this bill is to impose so many restrictions on their medicinal use as to prevent such use altogether. Since the medicinal use of cannabis has not caused and is not causing addiction, the prevention of the use of the drug for medicinal purposes can accomplish no good end whatsoever. How far it may serve to deprive the public of the benefits of a drug that on further research may prove to be of substantial value, it is impossible to foresee."Thank you for that information, RBG.(Of course... all this is from Dr. Woodwards testimony to Congress back in the day.)
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Comment #27 posted by Hope on June 09, 2009 at 16:51:25 PT
From the site RBGreen posted...
Dr. William C. Woodward, legislative counsel of the American Medical Association (AMA),
opposed the measure. In oral testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee, he stated
that “there are evidently potentialities in the drug that should not be shut off by adverse
legislation. The medical profession and pharmacologists should be left to develop the use of this
drug as they see fit.” Two months later, in a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, he again 
argued against the act:There is no evidence, however, that the medicinal use of these drugs [“cannabis and its
preparations and derivatives”] has caused or is causing cannabis addiction. As remedial
agents they are used to an inconsiderable extent, and the obvious purpose and effect of this
bill is to impose so many restrictions on their medicinal use as to prevent such use altogether.
Since the medicinal use of cannabis has not caused and is not causing addiction, the
prevention of the use of the drug for medicinal purposes can accomplish no good end whatsoever. How far it may serve to deprive the public of the benefits of a drug that on
further research may prove to be of substantial value, it is impossible to foresee.Despite the AMA’s opposition, the Marihuana Tax Act was approved, causing all medicinal
products containing marijuana to be withdrawn from the market and leading to marijuana’s
removal, in 1941, from The National Formulary and the United States Pharmacopoeia, in which
it had been listed for almost a century.
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on June 09, 2009 at 14:24:53 PT
I agree. Cannabis is an herb not a man made drug. I think this is a way to almost bottle neck medical marijuana so it gets stuck and nothing will happen.
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on June 09, 2009 at 14:20:09 PT
RI Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill
 June 9, 2009Providence -- Nonprofit stores in Rhode Island would be permitted to sell marijuana to medical patients under a bill approved by the state Senate.The Senate passed the measure without debate Tuesday by a 30-2 margin. It now heads to the governor, who has vetoed similar bills seeking to expand the medical marijuana program.The bill would permit three specially licensed stores, known as compassion centers, to sell marijuana to more than 680 patients registered with the state Department of Health as having debilitating illnesses.Rhode Island would be the third state in the country and the first on the East Coast to approve marijuana dispensaries for medical patients.Rhode Island permitted medical patients to possess marijuana for pain relief in 2006, but never legalized the sale of the drug.Copyright: 2009 Associated PressURL:
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Comment #24 posted by EAH on June 09, 2009 at 14:14:29 PT:
No Pharmacists 
This is a perfect example of how incompetent these people are. Pharmacists 
have zero training to do this and know zero about it. Cannabis cannot be prescribed, the FDA supervises pharmacists and won't allow their involvement.Besides a pharmacist has no place in this even though this is a medical use.
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on June 09, 2009 at 11:06:18 PT
Barbara Douglas
That's good to see. Ms. Douglas has always been very quiet, it seems, to protect her privacy. I can't blame her. It's got to be very stressful to be "public" abut it all and no one with MS needs extra stress.She really seems quite charming and I'm glad and thankful she's speaking up. I'm also glad she's obviously doing so well.Thanks, Ms. Douglas!
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on June 09, 2009 at 10:57:51 PT
Barbara Douglas Talks About Her Federal Marijuana
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on June 09, 2009 at 10:41:02 PT
Senator Mark Leno
Leno Resolution Calls for End to Medical Marijuana Raids in CaliforniaTuesday, June 09, 2009URL:
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on June 09, 2009 at 10:10:03 PT
Off Topic: Steven Colbert Haircut
I loved this skit last night from Iraq!
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on June 09, 2009 at 09:26:45 PT
Press Release From Americans for Safe Access
California Medical Marijuana Bill Calls for End to Federal Interference***Resolution urges the President and Congress to develop comprehensive policySACRAMENTO - June 9 - State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced a joint resolution late yesterday that urges the federal government to end medical marijuana raids in California and to "create a comprehensive federal medical marijuana policy that ensures safe and legal access to any patient that would benefit from it." The resolution, SJR 14, is coming at a time when the Obama Administration has signaled a willingness to change federal policy, but has yet to come forward with an actual implementation plan.Despite such willingness by the Obama Administration, Senator Leno points out that, "Patients and providers in California remain at risk of arrest and prosecution by federal law enforcement and legally established medical marijuana cooperatives continue to be the subjects of federal raids." However, once passed, "this resolution will clearly state the Legislature's opposition to federal interference with California's medical marijuana law and support for expanded federal reform and medical research," continued Leno.Introduction of the joint resolution comes on the heels of repeated statements made by the Obama Administration for a "new American policy" with regard to medical marijuana. However, several Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids have occurred in California since the president took office. "Not only do we need an end to federal interference in the implementation of California's medical marijuana law," said Don Duncan, California Director of Americans for Safe Access, the national medical marijuana advocacy group sponsoring the legislation. "The entire country need a sensible, comprehensive medical marijuana policy."The joint resolution urges President Obama and Congress to "move quickly to end federal raids, intimidation, and interference with state medical marijuana law." But, it goes further by asking the government to establish "an affirmative defense to medical marijuana charges in federal court and establish federal legal protection for individuals authorized by state and local law..." Because of the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gonzales v. Raich, federal medical marijuana defendants are prevented from using a medical or state law defense. "With more than two dozen of these defendants currently being prosecuted by the Justice Department, each of them facing years in prison, such a change to Justice Department policy would be timely, relevant and critically important," continued Duncan.The resolution also addresses the need to expand research into the medical benefits of marijuana, a recommendation of the White House-commissioned Institute of Medicine report from 1999. Currently, a federal monopoly on the cultivation of marijuana for research purposes has stifled the ability to conduct FDA-approved scientific studies. To address this, the resolution urges the President and Congress "to adopt policies and laws to encourage advanced clinical research trials into the therapeutic use of marijuana."Further information:Senate Joint Resolution on medical marijuana: fact sheet on SJR 14: for Safe Access is the nation's largest organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. CONTACT: Americans for Safe Access
ASA California Director Don Duncan 323-326-6347 or Media Liaison Kris Hermes 510-681-6361URL:
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Comment #18 posted by RevRayGreen on June 09, 2009 at 08:14:43 PT
High Interest CRS Report 
High Interest CRS Report — Medical Marijuana: Review and Analysis of Federal and State Policies - June 8th, 2009summary:"The issue before Congress is whether to continue the federal prosecution of medical marijuana patients and their providers, in accordance with the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), or whether to relax federal marijuana prohibition enough to permit the medicinal use of botanical cannabis products when recommended by a physician, especially where permitted under state law."actual copy of Congressional review
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Comment #17 posted by Sam Adams on June 09, 2009 at 08:10:02 PT
LA dispensaries
this will be interesting to watch - in the middle of a huge recession, will the City Council decide to close 500 thriving, tax-paying businesses?
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on June 09, 2009 at 07:00:34 PT
LA City Council To Weigh Fate of Pot Clinic Owners
June 9, 2009URL:
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on June 09, 2009 at 05:42:44 PT
Just a Note
Unfortunately another day with no news worth posting but I will keep looking. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. 
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on June 09, 2009 at 04:23:37 PT
Holder Renews Pledge To Respect MMJ Laws 
Holder Renews Pledge To Respect Medical Marijuana LawsURL:
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Comment #13 posted by John Tyler on June 08, 2009 at 20:57:57 PT
sad and silly
It is sad and silly at the same time to see the legislators and assorted bureaucrats try to sort out the legal and valid demands of the voters. They are trying to write the “rules” for something of which they know little or nothing and they don’t seem to want to listen to those who do know a lot. They are trying to craft some stupid rules that will make it supposedly legal for certain medical uses, but not available for other uses. You know tight rules. Strict enforcement. Giving people a hard time. What a bunch of BS. It is already relatively easy, maybe not cheap, for anyone that wants any to find some cannabis with out the medical angle. Their proposed rules will not affect that market segment in any case. They should forget that part and concentrate on easing the rules on allowing those in need to obtain it. Even if there is some slippage in the new system… so what. Who cares? It is not important. It is not a pharmaceutical product. It is not made in a factory by people in “bunny suites”. It is not lethal. It is just a wonderful plant grown outdoors in the sunshine with its roots in the dirt.  Legislature guys and others don’t be afraid. It will be all right.  
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on June 08, 2009 at 19:51:23 PT
Sam Comment 11
More millions and millions fed to the "Not a War" War.Time must not have gotten the message that it wasn't a war anymore before they went to press.War is a hideous money making business for some and a hideous expense for the rest of us. Six and a half million each for the Drug War drones. Keeping up the budget. The Mississippi congressman is gung ho to get a contract to produce them in his state. It's not the drugs. It's not the people that use them. It's not the "children" that might use them. It's this. Buying and selling stuff to have war with.
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Comment #11 posted by Sam Adams on June 08, 2009 at 13:51:36 PT
Coming soon to the skies near you......
Drug War Drones!,8599,1903305,00.html 
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Comment #10 posted by NikoKun on June 08, 2009 at 11:22:24 PT
Found an article, highly questionable statistics:,0,6437648.storyWritten by an ex-government prohibitionist... I highly suspect his statistics are greatly inflated.
Especially when he tries to claim the health costs after legalization outweigh the money we spend on prohibition, and taxes after legalization. I find that to be utter bullshit.
We really need a strongly written and strongly supported counter article asap.  _ I mean, for one, things like car accidents are often factored into such prohibitionist statistics... Car accidents that have nothing to do with pot. As for many other "costs" claimed by prohibitionists.
The fact is, that Marijuana stays detectable in your system for almost a month, And even if you got high 2 weeks ago, if you get into a car accident now, they'll officially blame the pot in your system, even though you weren't high.
I think this is how they are able to claim such high cost statistics.Can anyone else help fact check this? I'm thinking about giving it a shot, then sending my write-up to the LA Times.
Maybe someone at one of the Marijuana organizations could get a counter article published, with fact-checking against this article.
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Comment #9 posted by museman on June 08, 2009 at 10:08:13 PT
a question; (or two)
What do the terms "Law" and common sense have to do with each other?Answer; Absolutely nothing.You got this plant that grows anywhere, from the hottest desert to artic tundra, it has so many uses, they haven't even begun to get catalogued and listed properly.Its simple; You plant a seed, water, feed it, and harvest. What the hell are all these people, philosophies, attitudes, and POVs doing blocking the simple access and interface that nature provided?Answer; Meddling, interfering, greed for wealth, power, and control, and and insidious underlying agenda to enslave the entire earth to the service of a handful of elitist no-accounts.The cannabis issue is crux to all civil liberties. It illustrates quite well the dynamics of the real versus the contrived. Every aspect of "Law" is being revealed for the true intention it was orignally invented for; Domination and control. All attempts to justify, and compromise with Law, is tantamount to giving away ones freedom, willingly to a bunch of thieves, who really love it when their corruption is made to look valid and 'necessary.'The irony of the situation, is that the powers that be, only have that power, because a significant percentage of the population give it to them willingly. They have none of their own -which is one reason why they like to flaunt their 'wealth' to the world, without it they are literally less than nothing. The irony, that they laugh about behind closed doors -every day- is that the peasants still believe in the false presumptions of 'authority' and 'superiority by virtue of bloodlines or any of their various 'credited' institutionalized certifications, or 'professionalism.'They can throw up their wall of "Its the Law" in just about any circumstance that might threaten their hold on the people, simply by making more to deal with the situation.They 'offer' us their own choices of candidates for every office from Mayor to the President, and give quite a show (in words) about their 'concern' for the people, but the reality -if actually looked at- shows a different agenda.The emperors clothes ain't getting any more substantial, no matter how many 'laws' they pass.But yet I see so many willing to accept the bones from the table of the rich and powerful, as if the compromises that achieve nothing but the continuing power of the Status Quo, were somehow of benefit to anyone other than the elite.I see intellectualizing, and psuedo-intelligence trying to pass itself off as 'authority'. I see willingness to continue the dynamics of global slavery, for the gleening of personal comforts and sense gratification, and I see the posers and pretenders who sit on their own made-up thrones of power, acting like their power will last forever, because the people, over-all just roll over like obedient puppies to have their bellies scratched. (and they get very little-just enough for a dog)When significant numbers of folks actually start to actively reject the systems that are corrupt and CANNOT BE FIXED, then we will see the return to sanity, common sense, and the reality that exists all around the made-up, invented, shallow contrivance that the emperors entourage like to call 'reality.' Until then, any celebration of re-acquired 'liberty' is premature.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #8 posted by GeoChemist on June 08, 2009 at 08:18:59 PT
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Comment #7 posted by runruff on June 08, 2009 at 07:54:45 PT
These educated idiots!
You will pry this money making prohibition gig from my cold dead hands!It is the same mantra with every issue with these guys!Imagine, finding ways to profit from social engineering!I wonder what fascist leader might have inspired this kind of thinking?
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Comment #6 posted by EAH on June 08, 2009 at 00:16:05 PT:
Toatally lacking in the necessary expertise.
The people in charge of deciding how to craft and implement functional regulations have no idea what to to. Their life experience obviously in no way prepares them to have a clue on this.The biggest stumbling block is pervasive fear. These guys are terrified of cannabis and they're terrified of doing anything that someone could use to accuse them of establishing regulations that aren't tough enough. They need to understand that it isn't a pharmaceutical, they need to stop trying to treat it like one, even though the purpose of the use is therapeutic. Besides all this still means being saddled with the stupid illegality for other users. That will mean continued harassment and constantly having to sort out 
through the legal system who's a patient, who isn't, are they within the rules 
etc, yada yada yada. If they think that medical users are safely protected by all this they are wrong.
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Comment #5 posted by ekim on June 07, 2009 at 17:55:18 PT
Gregs lte Holland Sentinel
Submitted by Greg Francisco on Sun, 06/07/2009 - 07:46.
Editor Holland Sentinel:In fact it is Senator Kuipers and the Holland Sentinel who are in error when they blithely dismiss 63% of Michigan voters as, making “a mistake.” Three million, six thousand, eight hundred and twenty voters approved proposal 1, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act; more than President Obama garnered, more than any other ballot initiative in state history. read more---
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on June 07, 2009 at 15:25:09 PT
YANK 'EM out of there.
Something I'd like to see...I'd like to see full disclosure. Transparent politics.All people that attempt to make laws limiting, rolling back or changing what the voters voted for should be required to state their political and religious affiliation.I'm thinking many or most of them (Perhaps all of them... it is Michigan) are (disobedient) Christian Republicans.Expose them and get rid of them.Problem solved.I don't see obedient Christians wanting to stop sick people from using what God says is good on the 1st page of the Bible.Find out which carpet they're standing on and yank.
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on June 07, 2009 at 09:37:10 PT
This is clearly NOTHING more than an attempt to kill the new law. The newspaper writes like they're in their own little vacuum, totally unaware of reality. How is medical MJ working in other states? How are the states doing with laws that require prescriptions and pharmacy distribution? How are the laws working that allow patient cultivation? The states that allow patient cultivation are the ONLY ones in the US that work to get the medicine to the patients. 30+ states passed laws in the 80s and 90's to allow "official" medical MJ through coventional channels, and NONE of them worked.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on June 07, 2009 at 09:33:45 PT
Storm Crow 
My head spins just trying to sort thru the logic anymore. 
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Comment #1 posted by Storm Crow on June 07, 2009 at 09:26:23 PT
I am refraining from using profanity, FoM.....
Even though I feel very strongly about this... and those fools could stand a good tongue-lashing! "Instead of allowing approved users to grow their own supply, the legislation would license up to 10 marijuana growing facilities statewide."Heck NO! This step backwards must not be allowed to happen! I don't trust ANYONE to grow my cannabis- especially the government! Look what Canada and our own government (the FEDERAL Compassionate Use Program) produce- schwag... stemmy seed-laden, low quality trash! Compare that with the California medical quality cannabis available in dispensaries. All they need to do is "grandfather in" all seeds and plants presently owned by legal MMJ users and allow gifting or exchanges. Problem solved. If they REALLY wanted to address the issue, they could BUY seeds from reputable seed vendors and give them to the patients. I am certain Marco or Gypsy or any seed vendor would give them a "sweetheart deal"- heck, if asked nicely they might even donate the seeds!But the state government officials won't do that- instead they will weep and moan that they CAN'T because it is against federal law! Well dudes, MMJ is against federal law, too, but you are going along with it (that is, if you want to get re-elected, you are). The government seems to have forgotten that WE, THE PEOPLE are their BOSSES, not their subjects! They are there to represent OUR will.And WE, THE PEOPLE DEMAND CANNABIS!   
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