Seed Planted for Medical Marijuana Zoning
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Seed Planted for Medical Marijuana Zoning
Posted by CN Staff on April 26, 2009 at 07:43:29 PT
By Catherine Kavanaugh, Daily Tribune Staff Writer
Source: Daily Tribune
Royal Oak, MI -- Some city officials want to weed out the possibility of medical marijuana suppliers growing 60 plants in their houses by requiring them to set up shop in a general business district. Registered primary caregivers can grow 12 plants each for up to five qualified patients under a Michigan law passed last November.
The Plan Commission is looking at regulating where some growing operations can locate. Royal Oak could be one of the first  if not the first  community in the state to set up zoning rules for people supplying patients."I haven't heard of anything like this. It will be interesting to see what comes of it," said James McCurtis, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Community Health, which registers primary caregivers and qualified patients.The Plan Commission set a public hearing on proposed changes to the zoning ordinance for 7:30 p.m. May 12 at City Hall. The amendments would define primary caregivers as medical marijuana dispensaries and allow them in general business zones only as a special land use, which adds a level of scrutiny.In Royal Oak, Woodward Avenue, Main Street north of the downtown, and some parts of Coolidge Highway and 14 Mile Road are general business districts.The zoning amendments wouldn't affect residents with written certification of debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer, AIDS, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, who are growing marijuana for personal use.If the ordinance is adopted, a qualified patient could still grow up to 12 plants at home indoors and possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, according to Doug Hedges, city planner. If more than one qualified patient lives in a house, each can grow up to 12 plants.The zoning amendments would affect people growing marijuana for one or more qualified patients."Primary caregivers can be compensated so that has the potential to be a business," Hedges said. "We don't think that's suitable for a house. We want to treat it similar to other medical services."However, one primary caregiver probably won't be able to afford rent in a general business district as well as growing supplies and utility bills for lights and water, Plan Commission member Stacie Vorves said."If we're going to require this in a business district, we won't have medical marijuana grown here," Vorves said.To make it economically feasible, Hedges said several primary caregivers could form a consortium to lower costs and serve more patients. This idea comes from Berkeley, Calif., he added."We see a potential for four or five primary caregivers to act together as a business," Hedges said.But Vorves doubts they will."It's a good excuse but that doesn't happen too much in business," he said.Vorves isn't sure he will support the zoning changes. He said as long the state law limits primary caregivers to grow up to 60 marijuana plants, he thinks it should be allowed as a home business."I don't care if people are growing pot or tomatoes. If both are legal, what's the difference?" Vorves asked.McCurtis said the state has no opinion on whether cities limit primary caregivers to business zones, but the courts might."I hate to say it, but as we get more creative subsets of the law there will be legal challenges," McCurtis said.The state law also doesn't address growing or possessing medical marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, which is a drug-free zone, or employer drug testing of qualified patients.Note: Public can pipe up about ordinance at May 12 hearing.Source: Daily Tribune, The (Royal Oak, MI)Author:  Catherine Kavanaugh, Daily Tribune Staff WriterPublished: Sunday, April 26, 2009Copyright: 2009 The Daily TribuneContact: editor dailytribune.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #5 posted by George Servantes on April 27, 2009 at 07:39:41 PT
marijuana don't need us we need her
Marijuana don't need us, there is no coevolution here. We need marijuana that's right and it was given to us as a gift like all other herbs to help our mind, body and soul.Bow to the creator of this plant and say thank you.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on April 26, 2009 at 19:22:46 PT
Well said.
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on April 26, 2009 at 10:56:25 PT
Let's see.....
I contend that chronic pot usage will make you stupider or stupidure, how ever you spell it?I have been a regular user for over 45 years now and each year I think I am so much smarter than last year because I know new stuff. I am stupider because I think I am smarter. When we think we are getting smarter we are really getting stupider, see? When I knew nothing I knew everything! Now I know everything and I know nothing! I am stupider. Is this because I have used pot for 45 years? All of my brain cell has gone up in smoke, I'll bet'cha?Stupider, dumberer, knowledgelessfull! I should have never homesteaded that joint [my friend]!
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on April 26, 2009 at 09:39:03 PT
Human and Cannabis Coevolution 
Human and Cannabis Coevolution from Cannabis Culture Mag.
 by David Malmo-Levine(I posted this on another thread but I'm reposting it here thinking people will like it...) CULTURE - How the human race enhanced the cannabis plant ... and how it returned the favor."Whatever THC's original purpose may have been, as soon as a certain primate with a gift for experiment and horticulture stumbled on its psychoactive properties, the plant's evolution embarked on a new trajectory, guided from then on by that primate and his desires." - Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire [1]"Coevolution" is a concept described by Darwin [2] but first fleshed-out and defined in 1964 by insect scientist (entomologist) Paul Ehrlich and botanist Peter Raven, in their paper "Butterflies and plants: a study in coevolution". [3] Put simply, coevolution is where two different living species help each other adapt and evolve by influencing each other.Can one argue that this is occurring between cannabis and humans? Certainly, the partnership has been good for cannabis. Once confined to central Asia, cannabis has been distributed by humans to all four corners of the globe. Different cannabis species have developed due to human selection for industrial, nutritional or medicinal traits. Cannabis has become a stronger, more diverse, more adaptive and more widely-cultivated plant as a result of it's relationship with us. [4]Can the same thing be said for humans? What has the plant done for us?Hemp seeds do happen to be the best food in the world for humans. [5] Nice of cannabis to evolve into a plant which produces seeds that contain all the essential fatty acids required for complete human health in the exact ratios required by humans. Coincidence? Or was the plant trying to get our attention somehow?CONT.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on April 26, 2009 at 09:14:03 PT
Farming update.....
Farmers in the Green Triangle are growing 5-8 pound plants. [trimmed buds only]This is not a rumor, my friends are doing it!I think I've been posting here, what, 10 years now I think? I don't lie, I don't pass bogus info.You all will be seeing pictures and hearing more about this!
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