Dozens Register for Medical Marijuana
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Dozens Register for Medical Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on April 07, 2009 at 05:20:56 PT
By Charlie Cain, Detroit News Lansing Bureau
Source: Detroit News
Lansing, MI -- They laughed and hugged, posed for group photos and celebrated that they were finally going to be allowed to legally use marijuana to treat their medical problems.No one wore a bigger smile when dropping off an application Monday to join the Michigan Medical Marijuana Registry than Renee Wolfe, a 48-year-old mother of four sons who has been illegally using pot for 30 years.
"Marijuana allows me to eat, allows me to live a fairly normal life," said Wolfe, an Ann Arbor resident who used a wheelchair to roll into the Michigan Department of Community Health building to apply. She has battled multiple sclerosis since 1979. "I'm able to walk better when I smoke," she said.Monday was the first day the state accepted applications for the program to allow people with "debilitating" medical conditions to use marijuana.A group of 55 people chartered a bus to take them from a Lansing café to a nearby state office building to pay $100 and file paperwork, including a certificate from a Michigan-licensed physician that they have a medical condition that could be helped through the use of marijuana. Under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program, the state will issue picture ID registration cards to those who qualify. The cards should be in the hands of patients by the end of the month.Backers of the law estimate that as many as 50,000 Michiganians will register. By the close of business Monday, 101 had applied.Medical conditions that qualify for the new program include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and Crohn's disease. It also covers those with wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain or nausea, seizures and persistent muscle spasms.In November, nearly two-thirds of voters decided Michigan should join a dozen other states to allow medical marijuana use.Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who opposed the measure, said the state will work to make sure things go smoothly. She remains cautious, however."It's a gateway drug, and it's got to be done very carefully," she said, referring to the distribution of medicinal pot.Under the law, a registered user can possess up to 2.5 ounces of pot. The law is silent on where they are to get the marijuana. But the law makes clear the state will play no role in making the drug available.Source: Detroit News (MI)Author: Charlie Cain, Detroit News Lansing BureauPublished: Tuesday, April 7, 2009Copyright: 2009 The Detroit News Contact: letters Website: URL: Articles:State Accepts First Application for Marijuana Dozens Line Up for Marijuana Cards
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on April 09, 2009 at 08:14:48 PT
Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Gov. Jennifer Granholm was formerly Attorney General of Michigan before becoming Governor.Her attitude toward cannabis continues to be formulated by her law enforcement background.
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Comment #3 posted by Vincent on April 08, 2009 at 20:24:23 PT:
You do make a point.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 07, 2009 at 08:29:36 PT
Not all Democrats are liberal. She was a Clinton supporter until Obama won the nomination. Clinton is between a Democrat and a Republican in my opinion. 
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Comment #1 posted by Vincent on April 07, 2009 at 08:21:25 PT:
Gov. Jennifer Granholm
So, it would appear that Gov. Jennifer Granholm opposed the Med Marijuana measure that more than 2/3 of the voters approved. And she is a Democrat. You know, I don't understand why so-called liberal politicians feel that they have to look tough on pot use. If they're doing it to make large amounts of Republicans defect and vote for them, they are kidding themselves. Republicans, especially Conservatives, vote for Republicans. The only Republicans that would consider voting for Gov. Granholm are moderates, and they are not spooked by the Marijuana issue. So her "coy disguise" to gain votes is unnecessary. And why do they continue to use that "gateway drug" garbage? God, but that annoys the hell out of me.
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