More Than 70 Attend Interest Session on Growing
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More Than 70 Attend Interest Session on Growing
Posted by CN Staff on April 11, 2009 at 16:57:42 PT
By Dean Bohn, The Saginaw News 
Source: Saginaw News 
Michigan -- The more than 70 people discussing "splendor in the grass" Saturday afternoon at the Hoyt Library in Saginaw were not part of a book club.They were interested in the medical marijuana law, attending a "compassion club" hosted by the Tri-City Chapter of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, where members educated residents about the new law and how to register.
Those attending -- about 30 of the 50 men sported beards, six wore sunglasses, six sported some type of camouflage clothes and many more wore leather coats or vests -- took copious notes.The state began accepting applications Monday for ID cards that protect people from arrest while growing and using marijuana to treat pain and other symptoms.Association members have established what they call "compassion clubs" across the state to inform prospective medical marijuana users and caregivers about the law's details, help complete the application and provide networking.The group discussed how many plants a patient or care-giver can have (12), how hash and hemp oil are part of the medical use within the law, it's illegal to order or ship seeds through the mail, why hospitals or pharmacies will never (in theory) participate with the law (because of their connection with pharmaceutical companies), and where to find help online or through members.The first step, members say, is to get an application, found online. The second step, is to get a doctor to say you need the marijuana."If he says no, get another doctor," said John F. Roberts, 46, of Saginaw, who is a member of the association.The group also provided the names of a few doctors, one in Southfield, who will cooperate."But these people are swamped with calls, so leave voice mail," said Gregory R. Switala, meeting organizer and an association member from Clio. "It may take a couple of weeks for them to respond, so be patient."Switala also urged members to use common sense."If you've got more than 100 plants, the DEA will visit," Switala said. Snipped   Complete Article: Saginaw News (MI)Author: Dean Bohn, The Saginaw News Published: Saturday April 11, 2009Copyright: 2009 The Saginaw NewsWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 11, 2009 at 20:02:26 PT
Very nice video report. It looks like Michigan might be able to move forward with less trouble then they have had in California. 
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Comment #4 posted by fight_4_freedom on April 11, 2009 at 19:47:44 PT
Oh it's a wonderful time to be alive
Especially with this new law officially going into place now. Here's the link of my friend getting interviewed by the local news a couple nights ago. He wants to bring it all into the open. No more hiding in the closet.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 11, 2009 at 18:15:02 PT
Medical Marijuana Users Learn New Law
April 11, 2009URL:
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 11, 2009 at 17:21:44 PT
 What an exciting time it must be for you. Maybe the next time you will be able to go.
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Comment #1 posted by fight_4_freedom on April 11, 2009 at 17:01:34 PT
The first compassion club meeting in
our area that I actually missed turned out to be the biggest one of all. lolSounds like they had a great turnout. 
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