Michigan Legislator says Medical Marijuana should be left to Communities
A state legislator in Michigan is sponsoring a bill that he says would make it easier for patients to get their medication.
State Rep. Mike Callton’s bill would allow towns and cities to decide whether or not to have medical marijuana “provisioning centers.” State Attorney General Bill Schutte recently declared dispensaries illegal, and Callton hopes his bill will allow for more access for patients.
Rep. Callton talked about his bill at a meeting Tuesday night at Birmingham's Baldwin Public Library in Oakland County, Michigan, where many run-ins with law enforcement have patients skittish.
"How many of you have been arrested?" Callton asked the crowd. Ten people raised hands.
"How many have had your property seized?" he asked next. Six hands went up.
"And how many of you live in fear of being arrested?" Just about every hand went up.
While in states like California allowing cities and towns to decide on dispensaries can lead to discrimination and a step back for patients, in a state like Michigan it is better than state authorities saying there can be no dispensaries at all.
Callton’s bill - House Bill 5580 - would guide municipalities on how to regulate marijuana distribution centers, he says.
Callton is one of a handful of Republican lawmakers who think patients in Michigan should have fewer obstacles to obtaining medical marijuana. That’s a big change of heart for the chiropractor, who said he voted against allowing medical marijuana in Michigan when the statewide vote was held in 2008, but then began seeing patients who benefited from medical marijuana.
He says one was "a sweet 75-year-old lady, definitely not a hippie," who was able with medical-marijuana candies to control her tremors from Parkinson's disease "enough to get a good night's sleep again.”
Once you see how medical marijuana helps people, it’s impossible for most to see it the same way ever again.
Medical Marijuana Activists Welcome President Obama to Oakland, CA
Sunday night medical marijuana advocates in gathered in front of President Obama’s Oakland, California campaign headquarters to film the video below and welcome the President to town.
This was the night before the Obama fundraiser and the medical marijuana rally in Oakland that happened Monday. Activists used a projector to project the famous medical marijuana quote from then-Presidential candidate Obama about using Justice Department resources to circumvent state laws. The quote then burns away, leaving the word “liar” and the website campwakeupobama.com.
Many are wondering what has changed for Obama. Why did he sound so progressive as a candidate and has become so tyrannical as President? Did he have a change of heart on now sees medical marijuana as a dangerous thing? Does he agree with federal policy that says cannabis has no medical value at all?
Or is it a matter of money? Does he need millions of dollars from Big Pharma in order to fight the cash machine of Mitt Romney? Can he get that money from nowhere else?
In other words, will medical marijuana patients have to pay for Obama to get reelected? Will he reward them in his second term for their suffering now?
Medical Marijuana Patients are Voters Too
Steph Shearer is the Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access and she recently wrote an op-ed in The Huffington Post about her disappointment with President Obama and his medical marijuana policy. She describes the high hopes she, and many others, started with when it came to Barack Obama.
“As Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA),” she writes, “I was ecstatic to be shedding the dark days of the Bush Administration's war on medical cannabis patients. As a patient myself, I felt counted and part of the Change that would be coming to Washington, and I was proud to support and volunteer for Barack Obama's victorious campaign.
“For his 2008 campaign, I donated money, I went to rallies to show support, I knocked on doors in VA, and on election night I joined thousands in D.C. who descended on the White House to celebrate and sing ‘Na, Na, Na, Na, Good bye’ to President Bush. I went to sleep that night excited about a new direction for this country that would include me as a recognized medical cannabis patient.”
Things even looked promising as Obama’s Administration began. Then things turned in a bad direction.
“In fewer than four years of President Obama,” she says, “we have seen more raids on dispensaries than during the Bush Administration's entire eight-year tenure. The Obama Administration has taken property from landlords, threatened local officials, forced the release of patient records, used the Internal Revenue Service to bankrupt legitimate dispensaries, told banks to purge medical cannabis clients, evicted patients from low-income housing and denied a petition to recognize the well-established medical value of cannabis.”
So where does that leave medical marijuana patients? Does a second Obama term hold any hope for them? Will Obama come back to the progressive stance he started with?
Marijuana helps seniors in South Florida see pain go up in smoke
Treating Emphysema/COPD with Medical Cannabis
Everyday millions of people in the U.S. alone make the choice to avoid dangerous and addictive prescription drugs as much as possible and instead treat their ailments with a non-toxic herb; the cannabis plant.
Whether legal or not in the state they are in, they choose medical marijuana over what the pharmaceutical companies and most doctors will try to force on them. One such patient is interviewed in-depth in the video below. Vey Linville, a medical marijuana patient and double lung transplant candidate, discusses using marijuana to treat his severe emphysema and tells the truth about dispensaries in San Diego, the recent federal crackdown in California, and his efforts in Imperial Beach.
He talks about the myriad of medications doctors had him on, at one point totaling 16 different prescriptions.
Why can’t people be allowed the choice of cannabis? Are the people running the pharmaceutical companies that heartless and greedy for money? Or do they actually believe the deadly garbage they churn out is better and healthier than marijuana?
When medical marijuana is available to everyone, we will look back on these days and marvel at the ignorance of marijuana prohibition and the damage it did to so many.
Federal Prosecutor Calls Michigan Medical Marijuana a Ruse for Grow Operation
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Courtade has some interesting things to say about two medical marijuana growers in Michigan.
Speaking about Lloyd Thomas Martin and Ronald Andrew Jach, two men alleging selective prosecution, and who are asking that charges of conspiracy to manufacture 100 marijuana plants be dismissed, Courtade saying in a court filing, “Defendants bought marijuana patient cards illicitly in a ruse to claim, when they were inevitably arrested, that they were growing marijuana in accordance with Michigan law.”
“This farce is one of the driving reasons behind the government’s filing Motions in Limine to preclude defendants from raising any (medical marijuana) defense,“ Courtade wrote.
The defendants’ attorney says the two men are just “ordinary people” with medical marijuana cards, but the feds say they sold marijuana to undercover agents.
“Securing the (medical marijuana) cards was done with laughable ease and in violation of the spirit and intent of the Michigan law,” Courtade said.
He said the men grew and possessed far more marijuana than would be allowed. Martin, Courtade wrote, told police that he sold marijuana to those with and without medical marijuana cards, but mostly sold to dispensaries, earning at least $250,000.
“Simply put, defendants were charged because the government believes that they are guilty of violating federal laws dealing with the manufacture and distribution of controlled substances and that they have no viable defense to the charges.”
There is probably more to this story, but assuming the men were illegally selling marijuana under state law 1) Why weren’t state authorities handling it? And 2) Why can’t medical marijuana be used in the defense of those with cards? If they are violating state law, it wouldn’t matter if they had a card or not, and it wouldn’t matter if the fact that they had a card was brought up in court.
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