Medical Marijuana Law Needs Radical Revision
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Medical Marijuana Law Needs Radical Revision
Posted by CN Staff on June 28, 2011 at 12:05:55 PT
By Dawson Bell, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit -- Michigan's medical marijuana law is so poorly drafted as to be unworkable, a coalition of lawmakers, prosecutors and Attorney General Bill Schuette said this morning, calling for sweeping new regulations and the closure of most, if not all, existing marijuana dispensaries.Schuette also issued an official attorney general's opinion today, declaring that no more than 12 marijuana plants can be cultivated in a single location under the voter-approved medical marijuana statute.
That restriction would apply to caregivers, authorized under the law to grow up to 12 plants for as many as five patients, Schuette said. Each set of plants grown by the caregiver is required to be in a separate, enclosed, locked facility accessible only to the caregiver and a single patient, the opinion says. State Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, said extensive new regulations are needed to address deficiencies in the law which have confounded police, prosecutors and local officials.The proposed legislation would more specifically define the nature of the doctor-patient relationship between a medical marijuana patient and the physician authorizing use. It would also more strictly define an enclosed, locked facility suitable for marijuana plants, and clarify zoning authority for local communities dealing with proposed retail outlets, so-called dispensaries. Schuette and Walsh appeared to disagree, however, on whether or not dispensaries, at which medical marijuana patients can purchase small quantities of the drug, could be legal under any circumstances. Schuette said he believes the law approved by voters did not authorize dispensaries, and said local police and prosecutors are acting within their authority in taking enforcement action against their operators. "This is all out of control," Schuette said. "Michigan citizens didn't vote to legalize marijuana. The (law) is being exploited by criminals."Walsh said hearings on the legislation will be forthcoming later this summer and fall. He said proponents will be working with their colleagues in the state Senate as well, where several other proposed medical marijuana regulatory bills are pending.Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)Author: Dawson Bell, Detroit Free Press Staff WriterPublished: June 28, 2011Copyright: 2011 Detroit Free PressWebsite: letters freepress.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on June 29, 2011 at 10:12:05 PT
I hate to see 
a people, a group of people that, as a whole, I tend to love easily, more easily than perhaps some other "groups" of people, make asses of themselves.Always in this struggle I've seen myself as not so much "FOR" anything, as much as being "COMPLETELY AND AGHASTLY AGAINST something. Prohibition. The War on Drugs. Crap! They kill, and lie, and steal over it!
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on June 29, 2011 at 09:57:29 PT
These business people. These citizens.
I feel so bad for them. It's obscene what's being done to them by the government we have. I'm at least thankful they didn't mow them down in a hail of bullets... as they've done to some people over the plant.It's awful.I think you're right, Afterburner. You and they did vote to make it "Legal". The prohib speaking is hanging on to his delusion and pulling it tighter and closer around himself. He's faking the terror at the cannabis industry... even deluding himself... so he can hurt people because he's a mean and cruel person at heart. He wants to beat someone, someone he thinks deserves it and beating "Druggies", in any way, for whatever reason, is very satisfying to his, and his kind's need for power over others and their love of the taste of schadenfreude... or whatever kind of sick need it is. But I feel this, too. That while prohibs are wrong in their harsh tactics they feel justified in using against people using drugs and herbs and potions. That when this all comes to right... that people, that consumers of cannabis should not see their victory over a harsh and cruel and unjust law, as an opportunity to make asses of themselves.
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Comment #5 posted by dongenero on June 29, 2011 at 09:15:18 PT
comment #2 - absurd tyranny
These men who were providing for registered state MMJ patients will face a minimum of 5 years in Federal prison and up to 40 years, as well as up to a $5,000,000 fine........for growing flowers for legal patients.From these "large-scale", "drug kingpins" they seized a clapped-out 10 year old Mercedes, $7100 from the business and $2800 from a bank account.Ridiculous government action. Rather than supply flowers to registered patients, they could have murdered and gotten off easier in this country. 
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on June 29, 2011 at 09:06:07 PT
This Michigan Crap Is More Republican Culture War
This copy-cat attack on medical cannabis dispensaries is the consequence of voting in a Republican Governor.
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on June 29, 2011 at 09:03:32 PT
I Did!!!
"Michigan citizens didn't vote to legalize marijuana."
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on June 28, 2011 at 19:50:08 PT
Sorry to bug (again) but here is how the rules are
changed, this is a new precedent:
Medical Marijuana Caregivers Charged By Feds
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on June 28, 2011 at 19:41:56 PT
Schuette said. "Michigan citizens didn't vote to
legalize marijuana. The (law) is being exploited by criminals."But if it was legal, as you state, there would not be any criminals, now would there?
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