Crackdown Gets Tighter on Medical-Marijuana
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Crackdown Gets Tighter on Medical-Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on September 01, 2011 at 05:10:37 PT
By Bill Laitner and Joe Swickard, Staff Writers
Source: Detroit Free Press
Lansing -- Authorities from Lansing to Oakland County further tightened their grip this week on those they said abused Michigan's medical-marijuana law over the protests of those who use and distribute the drug for health purposes.A state Appeals Court decision Tuesday -- the second such ruling in a week against medical-marijuana users -- upheld the conviction of a man arrested for possession of marijuana after he obtained a state card as an approved user. But the man, who lives in Montmorency County east of Gaylord, had been growing marijuana before he got the card, according to evidence in the case.
In Oak Park, four people from a major medical-marijuana operation were arraigned Wednesday on drug possession and conspiracy charges. The arrests of two principals from Big Daddy's Management Group and two of their caregivers -- those who are approved by the state to supply marijuana to patients -- came eight months after a January raid by the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team of the Big Daddy's complex.The operation has a compassion club, where approved patients meet to discuss their health concerns; rows of safes where caregivers keep their marijuana, and a warehouse that supplies shops selling indoor-cultivation equipment in Burton, Chesterfield Township, Detroit and Livonia, employees said."What kills me -- one county and one city will write us right into their ordinances to let us do what we do, and here in Oakland County they're running us out," Big Daddy's owner Rick Ferris said.Oak Park police said they were acting on orders from county authorities. Oakland County law-enforcement officials could not be reached Wednesday."It's our understanding that this results from county undercover officers using forged (state user) cards to get inside Big Daddy's" before the January raid, Big Daddy's attorney Jim Rasor said.Ferris, 46, of Harrison Township turned himself in at the Oak Park police station, along with three others -- his daughter and Big Daddy's employee Stefani Ferris, 26, of Hazel Park; and caregivers Dan Stafford, 28, of Clawson and Andrey Douthard, 25, of Romulus.In the January raid, officers seized $2,500 in cash, 37 ounces of "usable medicine" and medical-marijuana equipment, Rick Ferris said Wednesday before he surrendered to police.The four were charged in Oak Park District Court with manufacture and possession of marijuana and with conspiracy, their attorneys Rasor and Paul Tylenda said. All four pleaded not guilty, with two released on bond and the other two expected to be released today, their attorneys said."We have now completely shut down the Oak Park operation" but plan to reopen today "just for physician referral and networking help for patients," Big Daddy's spokesman Rick Thompson said after the arraignments.In the Montmorency County case, the appeals court upheld a circuit court decision against Brian Reed, who had chronic back problems. He was spotted growing marijuana in August 2009 by police. That month, he got a doctor's approval and received a user's card in October.Ten days after he got his card, he was arrested for growing the marijuana. Reed argued the charges should be dismissed because he had become a registered user.But without the card at the time of the alleged crime, there is no immunity, the court said.Last week, the state appeals court outlawed retail sales at marijuana dispensaries.Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)Author: Bill Laitner and Joe Swickard, Detroit Free Press Staff WriterPublished: September 1, 2011Copyright: 2011 Detroit Free PressWebsite: letters freepress.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #17 posted by runruff on September 05, 2011 at 06:45:47 PT
"...three hundred drops of rain today. "
I love the image of you out counting raindrops!...297...298...299...300!
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on September 04, 2011 at 22:03:07 PT
Concert on the water?
That does sound fun.Sorry you had to take the tree down.Yes. We really need rain badly.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on September 04, 2011 at 20:13:04 PT
We were in Walmart today and one heck of a rainfall was coming down. The noise was amazingly loud in the building. I hope you get more rain. I know you all need it badly.We had our Colorado Blue Spruce cut down a few days ago because it was getting too close to our Pin Oak Tree and it was closing off our lane. We have a pile of wood that will make a super bonefire later this year or next year. About a half a mile from here they had what they call a concert on the water and they had a good group playing. We drove down to hear them last night. It was fun. 
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on September 04, 2011 at 19:36:34 PT
Thanks, Runruff
I understand, FoM.Whew. Much busyness going on here, too. We got about three hundred drops of rain today. 
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Comment #13 posted by runruff on September 04, 2011 at 09:09:34 PT
"I must be somewhat courageous."
My dear Hope. Ideals are targets we are all shooting for. No one is perfect. I think I am courageous[most of the time] but the dark truth is there have been times when I was not. Fear has many triggers and many faces and as humans we all will find we have an Achilles Heel and have met our Waterloo's along the way.Don't fear whether you are courageous or not? To even confront yourself on this issue shows courage. 
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on September 04, 2011 at 05:16:26 PT
I hope you and everyone are enjoying the weekend. I don't know why CNews was down but today it's back up. I don't know about anyone else but I have been very busy doing other things. Maybe this Fall we will get more news that is worthwhile but it could stay slow. I can't find any interest in pot shop type news. I just want to see news that will help everyone not just a few people.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on September 03, 2011 at 22:19:24 PT
Is there anybody out there?
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on September 02, 2011 at 21:46:49 PT
I guess if it's true, I must be somewhat courageous.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on September 02, 2011 at 21:40:39 PT
Big Daddy's Management Group
That too, seems a rather unfortunate name for a serious medical supply company that expects any sort of respect. Gah!
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on September 02, 2011 at 15:56:44 PT
Well, dang!
I hope that's not true, Runruff, because I don't feel like I have all that much courage, but I don't think I'm cowardly. Maybe a bit too cautious... perhaps, but not cowardly. I hope.I might jump off a cliff, and hope I landed well, if a bear was chasing me. Would that be courage or cowardice?I generally don't think of my self as all that courageous. I hope I'm not a coward. I sort of thought I wasn't. But I could be wrong. Thank you, Afterburner. You're so sweet.
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Comment #7 posted by runruff on September 02, 2011 at 13:39:48 PT
We already know the fruits of cowardice!
Sumesh Chhabra
You cannot be truthful if you are not courageous.
You cannot be loving if you are not courageous.
You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous.
You cannot enter into reality if you are not courageous.
Hence courage comes first... and everything else follows.”
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on September 02, 2011 at 09:03:48 PT
Here's something to cheer you up:
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on September 01, 2011 at 19:54:09 PT
I'm assuming it's down. It's been down for more than two days now. I'm worried about it.What's happening, Pete?
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on September 01, 2011 at 19:52:18 PT
News! News! News!
We need some GOOD news!News! News! News!SighNews! News! News!Good news! Good news! Good news!:0)
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on September 01, 2011 at 12:41:15 PT
Refusing To Go Away
AlterNet / By Bruce E. Levine.
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August 25, 2011 | Transforming the United States into something closer to a democracy requires: 1) knowledge of how we are getting screwed; 2) pragmatic tactics, strategies, and solutions; and 3) the “energy to do battle.” to Hempfest, a Medical Cannabis Info Session or the Million Marijuana March. Engage with like-minded activists. It will be good for your soul, for your self-esteem & for our country.
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on September 01, 2011 at 10:17:53 PT
OT - Check Out ...
The Twisted Logic of Ontario Progressive Conservative Premier Candidate:Hudak admits to smoking pot.
Published On Thu Aug 18 2011.
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Video: Hudak says he smoked pot in university.
While making an announcement about grow-ops, Ontario Tory Leader Tim Hudak admitted that he smoked pot in his youth. (Aug. 18).
Rob Ferguson, 
Queen’s Park Bureau other words he admits smoking pot in the past, but still believes in punishing people who do the same in the present. He's just lucky he didn't get caught, or he would have a criminal record. Then, he would have only a slim chance of winning leadership of Ontario, one of Canada's most industrious and populous provinces.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on September 01, 2011 at 05:36:02 PT
I is clearly evident that the DuPont's...
,,,Exxon ET AL have spent too much money and political capital to ever let this go lightly. This WoD has been a boon to it's soldiers and an even greater boon to the industries this WoD is meant to protect.Seventy years of having their way, they will not give up their billion dollar scam easily. Even fighting for their profit margin state by state is still good business.Cannabis will eventually win out but the evil profiteers will some how try to corner that market too. It is the nature of the beast.
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