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City on Target With Marijuana Ordinance
Posted by CN Staff on August 17, 2010 at 04:37:11 PT
LSJ Editorial
Source: Lansing State Journal
Michigan -- Lansing is doing the right thing by bringing medical marijuana care-givers under its ordinance for home businesses. Doing so will allow the city to set requirements that protect neighborhoods, preserve public safety and also provide a clear framework for those choosing this relatively new type of business.Since Michigan passed its medical marijuana ballot proposal in 2008, patients have been able to seek a doctor's approval and then register with the state. Doing so makes them eligible to either grow plants for themselves or find a state registered care-giver, who will grow the plants and prepare the marijuana for use.
But what the ballot proposal didn't do was create a structure for dealing with a wide array of businesses that support the new medical marijuana industry, such as medical marijuana dispensaries or home-based medical marijuana caregivers.Lansing is working on ordinances that address both the dispensaries, which would locate on commercially zoned property, and the home-based care-givers, who would be permitted to operate in residential neighborhoods, but only if they meet certain criteria.While there has been concern in some parts that local government or local law enforcement would make it difficult for medical marijuana entrepreneurs, Lansing's approach to date has been right on the mark.As City Attorney Brig Smith recently commented about the home occupation ordinance:"The goal is to regulate this occupation just like we would regulate others, whether the home occupation is growing tomato plants or medical marijuana."That's more than reasonable. And a review of the ordinance finds it fairly straight forward as well.The ordinance prohibits such businesses from operating within 1,000 feet of public or private schools, colleges, youth centers, arcades and public swimming pools. That's reasonable, given that marijuana is still a controlled substance. The ordinance also parallels state rules in requiring that marijuana be kept in an enclosed, locked space.The majority of Michiganians voted in favor of medical marijuana, wanting this treatment option for those who may benefit. Lansing is on the right path to create a clear set of laws for entrepreneurs involved in serving these patients while at the same time protecting its residents.Source: Lansing State Journal (MI)Published: August 17, 2010Copyright: 2010 Lansing State JournalWebsite: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/mMHRUPbNContact: http://drugsense.org/url/KhQnAYwGCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on August 19, 2010 at 15:20:55 PT
Michigan Bill Would Ban Medical Marijuana Clubs
Associated Press  August 19, 2010 Lansing, Mich. -- Legislation headed for the Michigan House seeks to ban marijuana clubs that have opened since voters approved use of the drug for medical purposes in 2008.Republican Rep. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge says Thursday he is introducing legislation to ban the clubs because marijuana users shouldn't be encouraged to drive. Jones says it's a safety risk, and people authorized to use marijuana should do so at home.Marijuana club owners say there's nothing prohibiting them from operating, and they provide an important service. There are pending court cases involving some club owners that could set precedents for how they're allowed to operate.The House bill would punish violators with up to 90 days in jail.Copyright: 2010 Associated PressURL: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2010308190004
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on August 17, 2010 at 15:52:24 PT
Germany Approves Medical Cannabis
URL: http://pr.cannazine.co.uk/201008171307/green/eco-news/germany-approves-medical-cannabis.html
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on August 17, 2010 at 12:40:58 PT
OT: Rand Paul Now Opposed To Medical Marijuana
URL: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/rand-paul-now-opposed-to-medical-marijuana
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on August 17, 2010 at 11:58:52 PT
Dankhank
I hope you are having fun while on vacation. That's a great article. The 40 year comment made me think of this.Ticking away the moments that make up a dull dayYou fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home townWaiting for someone or something to show you the way.Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
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Comment #4 posted by Dankhank on August 17, 2010 at 11:09:31 PT
hello all ...
Been on vacation for a while ...down in Georgia. Mom's eightieth birthday ...Saw some old friends, and some new.My sister-in-law saved this local story for me and I found it online ...40 years ago, damn, time flies when you havin' fun ... :-)http://www.macon.com/2010/07/04/1184846/southern-fried-woodstock-byron.html
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on August 17, 2010 at 08:45:40 PT
SnowedUnder
Your welcome. We've come such a long way in a short time. I hope it keeps going strong.
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Comment #2 posted by SnowedUnder on August 17, 2010 at 07:49:51 PT:
You've come a long way Mary...
what a nice article .
Thank you F0M
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Comment #1 posted by dongenero on August 17, 2010 at 07:44:24 PT
zoning consistency
"The ordinance prohibits such businesses from operating within 1,000 feet of public or private schools, colleges, youth centers, arcades and public swimming pools. That's reasonable, given that marijuana is still a controlled substance."Still a controlled substance is the reasoning? Ok, how about pharmacies, liquor stores and tobacco shops. All sell controlled substances. Are they subject to the same location restrictions?
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