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Medical marijuana legalized in Connecticut
Michigan Supreme Court Says States MMJ Law Shields Patients from Prosecution
On Thursday the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the state’s medical cannabis law shields patients from prosecution by state authorities.
The court said that the law showed voters’ "intent to permit both registered and unregistered patients to assert medical reasons for using marijuana as a defense to any prosecution involving marijuana."
"That's the way we wrote it," said Karen O'Keefe, an attorney with The Marijuana Policy Project, the group that spearheaded Michigan’s medical marijuana maw in 2008.
The ruling basically states that anyone with a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana before their arrest on marijuana-related offenses can use medical marijuana as a defense, even if they are not registered with the state.
Those of you who live in Michigan or have followed the progress of their medical marijuana laws knows that a lot of patients are being helped but that oftentimes the relationship between medical cannabis providers and state law enforcement has been contentious at best.
This new ruling may only be a small distinction to some, but if you have a doctor’s recommendation in Michigan it can be a very big deal. The essence of medical marijuana laws are their function as a shield for medical marijuana patients from regular cannabis laws. While this does nothing to change federal law, medical marijuana patients will come into contact with state and local law enforcement much more often than they will see a DEA agent.
And in the end all positive steps in marijuana law reform should be celebrated. Some will say that the pace of change is slow, but so to was the pace of prohibition. Marijuana became nationally illegal in the 1930’s but it took a few decades before law enforcement started cracking heads over it.
The road back to legality will be long, but as long as progress is always made the success of the ultimate goal is inevitable.
A New Marijuana Law Reform Champion?
It’s no secret that more people are needed in Congress that support marijuana law reform. A recent vote to defund the Department of Justice’s medical marijuana crackdown fell short by about 100 votes despite the fact that 74% of Americans support ending it.
So the math tells us we need more votes. And one of those votes could come from Beto O’Rourke (D), who just beat an eight-time incumbent in their south Texas congressional primary (http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog/politics/2012/05/marijuana-legalization-supporter-beat-8time-incumbent-in-congressional-primary) and is looking good to take the general election in a heavily Democratic district.
Below is a speech O’Rourke made a few years ago on drug policy reform. Hopefully he will be in Congress soon, and even if he isn’t outspoken on these issues at first, he will be one more vote toward freedom for cannabis users, and one more vote against the federal medical marijuana crackdown.
Every vote counts, especially in Congress where there are so few. And many are tired of failed drug policies that do nothing to limit use and everything to foster violence. Especially voters along the Mexican border. They look south and see a cloud of death and destruction coming their way.
Maybe Beto O’Rourke will be a new voice of reason in a sea of ignorance.
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