Otsego County Patients Affected By Recent Police Raids,Dispensaries Closed

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries & Mediables Are Back On Agendas In Michigan

Medical marijuana is back on agendas in Lansing.

Medical marijuana is back on agendas in Lansing.

The Michigan House Judiciary Committee is to begin new hearings today for two medical-marijuana bills. Both passed the House overwhelmingly last year, then hit roadblocks in the lame-duck session of the state Senate last fall, when statewide police groups lobbied hard against them.

The bills would allow two big additions to Michigan’s medical-marijuana landscape:

■ Dispensaries, the shops that claim to sell tested medical marijuana in secure settings, so that users aren’t forced to buy whatever the local street-corner dealer is selling.

■ Medibles, the slang word for marijuana that is edible or consumed in various ways other than smoking, an option that many users say is vital to their health because they can’t or won’t smoke the drug.

On one side of the renewed debate are those who say that state voters declared marijuana was medicine in the 2008 election, passing Michigan’s medical marijuana act with 63% of the vote. On the other side are those who say that many of Michigan’s approximately 100,000 state-approved users of medical marijuana just want to get high and that dispensaries amount to legalized drug dealing.

State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, a chiropractor from southwest Michigan, is the chief sponsor of the dispensaries bill — House Bill 4209 — and he co-wrote the medibles bill, House Bill 4210. Although dispensaries are illegal, hundreds are said to be open across the state and Callton has visited several.

“You have some very good ones, very concerned about product quality,” he said.

“And you have some others that are just slinging dope. I’ve been to a place in Flint where a circle of men were passing a joint around, and they all said they all had medical marijuana cards. That’s recreational use operating under the guise of medical use,” Callton said.

After law-enforcement objections stymied the bills last year, new versions have been tweaked to please not only the police groups but Gov. Rick Snyder as well, Callton said.

Snyder’s staff and some state lawmakers wanted the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to have a strong hand in regulating dispensaries, said Robin Schneider, legal liaison of the Detroit-based National Patients Rights Association.

After Michigan voters approved the state’s medical marijuana act, both dispensaries and medibles surfaced in every county, proliferating until court cases and law-enforcement officials clamped down, Schneider said. The state once had an estimated 400 dispensaries but now has about half that many, and they must operate in the shadows out of fear of police raids, she said.

Likewise, medible forms of cannabis also are law-enforcement targets after a state Court of Appeals ruling in 2013 said that all forms of nonsmokable marijuana were illegal — from tinctures and lotions to marijuana brownies.

“Michigan is definitely at the back of the train on both dispensaries and edibles,” said Karen O’Keefe, a lawyer in charge of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C., that favors legalizing cannabis.

Only three of the 23 medical-marijuana states — Hawaii, Montana and Michigan — fail to allow some form of stores for adult users, said O’Keefe, a Grosse Pointe Farms native. Of those, Hawaii is “very likely” to approve dispensaries this year, she said.

Numerous other states allow medibles, so that children with epilepsy or seniors with lung disorders can use medical marijuana without needing to smoke it, O’Keefe added.

The House Judiciary Committee hearings are to begin at 9 a.m. today at the House Office Building, 124 N. Capitol, Room 307.

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Isn’t It Time To Legalize Marijuana ?

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Michigan’s prospects for adopting a marijuana legalization program in 2016 are brighter as the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee (MCCLRIC) announces their intention to launch a petition drive and collect signatures in 2015.

 

“The time is right and people are demanding a comprehensive petition that protects medical marijuana, creates a responsible tax and regulation system for adult use age 21 and over, and permits the farming of hemp for Michigan agriculture, food and industry,” said MCCLRIC chairman Jeffrey Hank, an attorney from Lansing.

 

“The proposal could bring 25,000 jobs and net $200 million in revenue, while slashing $300 million from expenses,” explained Detroit attorney Matthew Abel, a MCCLRIC Board member.

 

Proposed language for the petition would include a strengthening of protections for registered medical marijuana patients, a legalized marijuana program and an advancement of the industrial hemp initiative established under legislation signed into law by Gov. Snyder earlier this year.

 

Some of the highlights of the proposal include: allowing citizens to cultivate 12 plants each, which mimics the medical marijuana possession limit; adding protections for medicinal marijuana patients and ensuring access for pediatric and elderly patients; and dedicating tax revenues toward public interest projects such as road repair and school funding.

 

“The organization’s Board of Directors is a stellar list of accomplished activists from Michigan,” said Rick Thompson, journalist and Board member of several other statewide patient advocacy organizations.

 

“We are open, transparent, democratic, indigenous Michigan activists, not shadowy outsiders,” Hank said. “This is a unique opportunity for Michigan to create the gold standard for cannabis law reform.”

 

Leadership for the MCCLRIC consists of eleven Board members, including several attorneys and noted media personalities. (See attached Board Membership Directory) All were elected at a gathering of statewide marijuana law reform advocates. The final language of the petition is being drafted.

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Marijuana Legal In Washington D.C. – & The White House Is Hopping Mad !

Big Victory In Washington

Big Victory In Washington

As of 12:01am a New Law goes into effect and it has the Hill Hopping Mad.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, told Bowser that if she continued with her plan to implement marijuana legalization she would face “very serious consequences,” The Washington Post reported.

“You can go to prison for this,” The Post quoted Chaffetz as saying. “We’re not playing a little game here.”

Bowser was undeterred by the threat of prison time. “We are acting lawfully,” she told reporters. “I have a lot of things to do, being in jail wouldn’t be a good thing.”

Rep. Andy Harris, D-Md., who has been one of the most vocal opponents of marijuana legalization in D.C., says implementation of the law would be a violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, which prohibits the spending of federal funds that have not been appropriated.

“The Anti-Deficiency Act doesn’t say everybody except the mayor,” Harris said, according to The Hill. “The Anti-Deficiency Act is clear. It has two years’ jail time and loss of a job, as well as penalties.”

Nearly two thirds of D.C. voters approved Initiative 71 in November. Under Initiative 71, people ages 21 or older will be allowed to possess two ounces or less of marijuana, use marijuana on private property and give one ounce or less to another person as long as no money, goods or services are exchanged.

Residents will also be permitted to cultivate up to six marijuana plants — although no more than three mature plants— in their primary home.

Congress has final say over the laws in the District of Columbia, and the two sides disagree about whether Congress acted quickly enough to block an initiative legalizing pot.

Congress passed legislation in December that aimed to block Initiative 71 by banning the use of appropriated funds to “enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize” marijuana.

District officials argue that the law was enacted when voters approved the initiative in November and that it merely takes effect Thursday. Chaffetz disagrees with that interpretation and says the mayor and other District employees who move forward with legalization could face criminal penalties.

Chaffetz and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., sent Bowser a letter Tuesday “strongly urging” her to reconsider implementing marijuana legalization. They argue D.C. bills do not become law and are not enacted until the 30-day review period called for in the Home Rule Act has expired.

According to City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, “The initiative was enacted at the point that the voters voted and the board certified the results,” The Post reported. “I sent the initiative to Congress for the required congressional review as required by law. This is not a matter that I had a choice about. The legal opinions are consistent.”

The letter from Chaffetz and Meadows says if money is spent to change the D.C. law it would violate the Anti-Deficiency Act. To that end, the Oversight Committee has begun an investigation and demanded the District turn over all documents that would reveal how much time and money city employees have spent on the marijuana legalization law.

No one has ever been convicted of violating the Anti-Deficiency Act, although government employees have been punished administratively for violations.

Jamie Raskin, a constitutional law professor at American University, characterized the threat of criminal prosecution as “a lot of huffing and puffing on Capitol Hill.”

Read The Letter Here – – – – – -:>>>>       

Contributing: WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.; The Associated Press
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New Medical Marijuana Rules Effective January 1, 2015

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New Medical Marijuana Rules – In Effect Now

On January 15, 2015, new medical marijuana rules will take effect and be implemented. The new rules
do all of the following:

Establish a $60 application fee for all qualifying patients (reduced from $100).
Eliminate the reduced $25 application fee.
Require that caregivers pay a $25 processing fee for each required criminal background check.
Due to the rule changes, applicants who apply for registry cards on or after January 15, 2015 must use
the new forms that will be available below.

Please use the applications below if you are applying for or renewing your registration: (PLEASE NOTE THE ORIGINAL AND RENEWAL APPLICATIONS ARE NOW COMBINED.)

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Lame Duck Shuffle….Medical Marijuana Law Enhancements Can’t Make The Senate

 

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Michigan Marijuana Vote 2014*Marijuana Wins Big in Michigan*Decriminalizing Marijuana in Michigan

Lapeer failed by 6 votes so the recount is on

Lapeer failed by 6 votes so the recount is on

Anyone 21 years and older now can use,posses or transfer up to one ounce of marijuana on private property !

where the laws passed

a victory for sure but let us not be complacent…………

Huntington Woods,Pleasant Ridge,Berkley,Port Huron & Lapeer all had decriminalization on the ballot,..

Lapeer was our only loss by 6 votes which should prompt a recount.

Unfortunately …We still have Bill Schutte in power dispite all of our efforts he is a crafty force of evil,in the end,his ads worked for -:> him.

get real

We still have to change our government before marijuana users can come out of the shadows.Marijuana is s schedule 1 narcotic which means it has ” NO MEDICAL USE & IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE” -:> Yet the “REAL KILLER” drugs have made it to sch 2 & schedule 3 respectively.

On the one hand, United States federal government officials have consistently denied that marijuana has any medical benefits. On the other, the government actually holds patents for the medical use of the plant( U.S.patent was obtained in October of 2003).

Just check out US Patent 6630507 titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism.

This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmunediseases.

The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”

The US government may hold this patent, but that will not stop their officials from consistently denying the benefits of medical marijuana. An FDA spokesperson, for instance, has claimed that “smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States and is not an approved medical treatment.”I guess she didn’t get the memo.

Since one part of the government applied for the patent of medical marijuana, and another part of the government approved that patent, it seems logical to conclude that the federal government knows that marijuana has some valid medical properties.

Now the hard part. How do we get them to admit it? Together we will see change.Keep the faith

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Halloween 2014

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Together,We Can Save Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Law

Stop Schuette Before it’s Too Late

The video highlights several groups impacted by Bill Schuette’s radical agenda:

WOMEN – By denying women coverage for contraceptives.

VICTIMS –  By passing Michigan’s outrageous drug immunity law and losing millions as Attorney General.

KIDS – By denying some of Michigan’s most vulnerable children loving homes.

FAMILIES – By raising taxes on families with health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Along with the video, Totten released this statement:

This race is about giving Michigan families an advocate who keeps them safe and never lets politics get in the way.

But it’s also about stopping a politician who is the most extreme, far-right Attorney General in the nation – a crusader who needs to be stopped now, before he does even more harm later.

In conjunction with the video,Totten also unveiled a new website, StopSchuette.com, where he details some of Schuette’s more egregious actions, all funded by Michigantaxpayers.

Schuette is Michigan’s version of former Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli, an outrageous conservative ideologue who was sent packing by Virginia voters during the last election:

Cuccinelli fought to overturn Obamacare in the courts and lost – So did Bill Schuette.

Cuccinelli signed on to an amicus brief opposing the federal government’s lawsuit challenging Arizona’s racist immigration law – So did Bill Schuette.

Cuccinelli is a raging homophobe who used his office to fight marriage equality and adoption rights for LGBT couples every step of the way – So did Bill Schuette.

Cuccinelli sided with Big Business to fight regulations to protect our environment – So did Bill Schuette.

The similarities are actually a bit creepy. Schuette is so extreme that he even thinks marriage has one purpose: to “regulate sexual relationships” so that people make babies.

Medical Marijuana Patients legal woes

He also decided to throw Medical Marijuana patients under the bus,every chance her could !

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Hazel Park,Oak Park Voters Approve Marijuana Proposals

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Hazel Park Marijuana Ordinance  

YES   763 (62%)

NO   469 (38%)

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Oak Park Marijuana Ordinance
 
YES    2,161 (53%)
 
NO    1,913 (47%)

100 percent of precincts reporting


Hazel Park,Oak Park  voters approve pot proposals

 HAZEL PARK, Mich. (AP) — Voters in two Detroit-area communities have approved ballot proposals legalizing marijuana for personal use.
 
 Unofficial results posted by the Oakland County Elections Division show the measures passing Tuesday in Hazel Park and Oak Park.
 
The two were among at least 11 cities across Michigan and one county targeted by pro-marijuana activists seeking ballot initiatives to legalize or decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use. 
 
Last year, voters in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing approved proposals that call on local police not to arrest people for marijuana possession if they are found with an ounce or less of the drug, are at least 21 years old and are on private property. 
 
Marijuana users in those communities still face risks because state law bars marijuana use and possession unless it’s medical marijuana.

UPDATE

Voters said yes to decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in Hazel Park and Oak Park, according to unofficial election results.

The measure would allow the use, possession or transfer of less than 1 ounce of marijuana on private property not used by the public by a person who is at least 21 years old.

It passed 62% to 38% with all precincts reporting in Hazel Park. The unofficial win was more narrow in Oak Park with 53% to 47% passage with all precincts reporting.

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