How To Fix Medical Marijuana in Michigan
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How To Fix Medical Marijuana in Michigan
Posted by CN Staff on January 04, 2011 at 17:28:30 PT
By The Grand Rapids Press Editorial Board
Source: Grand Rapids Press
Grand Rapids, MI --  Two things are clear about medical marijuana in Michigan. First, voters more than two years ago overwhelmingly approved the use of the otherwise illegal drug to help cancer patients and others who can benefit from its pain-relieving, appetite-inducing effects. Second, administration of that citizen-approved law is a mess. Local communities are in a quandary about how exactly to regulate the drug. Some have banned it altogether, as Wyoming did in November, in absence of clear regulations from the state. Others, such as Grand Rapids, have adopted zoning ordinances to ensure the caregivers who grow marijuana are licensed as home-based businesses and do not pose a danger to their neighbors.
This legal patchwork serves no one well. The Legislature should do what it frequently must when voters approve new statutes - pass enabling laws that respect the will of voters and set in place reasonable safeguards against illegal activity. Newly inaugurated lawmakers, along with Gov. Rick Snyder, have the opportunity to clear away the confusing haze surrounding the law and provide the needed guidance. The absence of legislative action has left a morass that will ultimately be sorted out by courts - not a smart or democratic way to cement public policy. The law, passed by 63 percent of voters in November 2008, allows people to register with the Michigan Department of Community Health to become sanctioned medical marijuana patients. A registered patient must have a medical condition defined under the law - including AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, chronic pain and others - and be certified by a physician. Patients are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of the drug at one time and grow 12 plants in "an enclosed, locked facility." Qualified "caregivers" can grow plants for up to five patients.  Snipped   Complete Article: Grand Rapids Press (MI)Published: January 4, 2011Copyright: 2011 Grand Rapids PressContact: pulse grpress.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by Totalrod2 on January 05, 2011 at 19:45:14 PT
Sam Adams
Except in this case I don't see things ever changing (at least not anytime in the foreseeable future). Sure, the general public's attitude towards the WOD has changed dramatically in the last 15 years. But the government's attitude has not....and apparently it's not going to either. So exasperating.
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on January 05, 2011 at 08:02:30 PT
Nazi Germany
Did you know that 30% of Germany's military costs were paid by assets confiscated from Jews? For many years in the 30's in order to leave the country Jews had to pay the Nazis all their assets. And of course as the years progressed toward the "Final Solution" the Nazis just broke down the doors and stole the gold directly. A phase in the WOD to which we've already progressed.
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on January 05, 2011 at 07:59:50 PT
It's amazing how the brainwashing works. I see nothing more here than a gang of bandits ripping off travelers for $500. A very common practice historically, especially with civilizations that are breaking down or other economically collapsing societies. Travelers typically have more money than the average person, and they're vulnerable because they're far from home and local friends & family that will work to protect them. It takes 90+ years of racially-tinged propaganda for most people to not see what's happening right in front of their noses. Massive state-perpetuated looting and pillaging.In police state, there is very little, if any crime. What happens is that the govt. performs all the crimes. That is exactly what happened in Nazi Germany. Street crime and petty crime were reduced to nothing. Great! The only problem is that for Jews, gays, bohemians, gypsies, political opponents like Communists & Socialists, and anyone who helped the above, were all looted, robbed and killed by the govt.But the official crime rate that year was very low!!
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on January 04, 2011 at 18:36:13 PT
Montel Williams Cited at Mitchell for Pot Pipe 
By Jesse Garza of the Journal Sentinel January 4, 2011Wisconsin -- TV celebrity Montel Williams was cited at Mitchell International Airport Tuesday for carrying a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office reported.Williams, 54, was issued the citation for possession of drug paraphernalia after being caught with the pipe by Transportation Security Administration agents while going through a security checkpoint, a news release from the sheriff's office said.Williams paid the $484 forfeiture and was released to resume his travel plans, according to the release.Williams, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, has advocated for the legalization of marijuana for medical use and has said he uses the drug to ease the effects of his condition.He has joined other medical marijuana advocates to implore Congress to allow him and other sick people to use the drug without fear of prosecution.The former talk show host also is the founder of the Montel Williams MS Foundation.Copyright: 2011 Journal SentinelURL:
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 04, 2011 at 18:13:24 PT
Montel Williams Cited After Pipe Found at Airport
January 4, 2011 Milwaukee -- Wisconsin authorities say former talk show host and medical marijuana activist Montel Williams has been cited for possession of drug paraphernalia at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.The Milwaukee County sheriff's office says the Transportation Security Administration found Williams had a pipe commonly used for marijuana as he passed through a security checkpoint Tuesday.The sheriff's office says Williams paid the $484 citation and was released to continue his travel.Williams has said he uses marijuana to relieve chronic pain caused by multiple sclerosis that was diagnosed in 1999. The 54-year-old has said he became an activist pushing for medical marijuana laws after being stopped at a Detroit airport years ago for carrying drug paraphernalia.Messages left Tuesday for his attorney, Nina Shaw, were not immediately returned.Copyright: 2011 Huffington PostURL:
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