Five years ago the State of Michigan begin accepting application under the MMMA. The program actually went into effect on the 4th, but it was a Saturday, so nothing could be done.
Lots has happened during these five years. there have been compliance, bending, side-stepping, disobeying, changes, changes, re-writing, back-stabbing, under-table dealings, and a bunch of frustrations.
The thing that has frustrated me more than anything has been the attitudes concerning attentive forms of use.
All week I received calls al texts asking about the Hash Bash. It was like people felt that they couldn't go unless I served as their escort. I had 5 doctors appointment this week. I was tired, sore, hurting; I had not planned on going. By Saturday morning, all but one of those people had called to say that they weren't going. That last person was my son. He must have texted me 4 times Saturday, he really wanted to go.
I didn't make it to the Hash Bash, but to the Monroe Street Fair, and I w
I was discussing the edible use on marihuana with a group of acquaintances. Some of these people were smokers, some employed multiply uses, others how did not use- but were interested. The main thing that were all agreed on was that the MMMA was written with smokers in mind. We decided this because of the 2.5 ounce restriction on useable marihuana. Another thing we agreed on was that we had no issue with using the 2.5 ounces to produce something that we felt was friendlier to our particular ailm
I shall be writing more of my thoughts on this soon.
In 1973, the 36 Cal. App Court ruled in People v. Vargas, that marijuana soaked in alcohol is not a narcotic.
"As to the conviction for possession of marijuana, appellant testified that the jar found among his personal effects contained medicine for his rheumatism. Both Agent Velasquez and the court interpreter, Mrs. Ostendorf, testified that a mixture of alcohol and marijuana is commonly used by persons of Mexican descent in
After reading the Senate bill 660, I have to ask: "Isn't this what was asked for?" When the cry went out to tax and regulate marijuana, is this not what was wanted?
Keep in mind that we live in a country that is for the people, by the people. A country where businesses and corporations are people. A country where lawmakers perform in ways directed by the people who control their incomes. I doubt that there are no many who will not suggest that our lawmakers are indeed receiving funding from
April 4, 2013
Today is the first day of the fifth year of our Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. During those five years, I have found and hosted compassion clubs meeting, participated and attended expos, workshops, and international Social Forums. I have had the chance to meet hundreds of people; meeting that was possible because of the MMMA. I have discussed the medical use of marihuana with patients, patients’ families, various levels lawyers, law officials, lawmakers, doctors of different spec
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
§2 Transportation or importation of intoxicating liquors.
The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
Compilers note: This amendment to the Constitution was proposed to the several states by the seventy-second congress on February 20, 1933, and was declared, in a procla
Like my other blogs, this is a work in progress. I will ad and edit as time and information presents. As I research this topic, I find that I am not the only person having this thought pattern.
Genetically modified Cannabis Seeds
We are forever hear ourselves debate reasons why cannabis is a forbidden U.S. product. Some say the restrictions are based on 1930’s attitudes, other say it’s because of taxation and regulations. Have any of you considered ownership? Who
Today is Independent’s Day; the day set aside by Congress to celebrate freedom. When this day was first established, it was to tout the colonies freedom from British oppressors. What freedoms are we celebrating today?
Some people in this country will celebrate the Federal Supreme Court deciding that we may have possible freedom from bankruptcy caused by ever increasing medical bills. Granted, we may end up fined for lacking medical insurance.
It’s not talked about, but I see the farming
When I think of the transfer of cannabis, I think of the caregiver who transfers the materials she/he has grown or purchased to the patient who has them listed under their state registration.
When I think of the transfer of cannabis, I think of the patient who might give some material to a friend.
Being that not all patients smoke; I think of the transfer of cannabis, I think of the foods and topicals that are exchanged for cost.
I never envisioned the Act as a way to make a profi
In comparing what is allowed in Michigan to what’s allowed in Connecticut, the latest “medical marihuana” state, I am quite impressed.
Conditions that are spelled out in Connecticut, but not in Michigan are: Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Conditions covered in Michigan, but not in Connecticut
I was speaking to someone the other day about the MMMP. In discussing the diseases and conditions covered, I pointing out that there were two conditions that were indirectly mentioned. These two are epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. The exact wording reads: seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
I was then asked the question that I could not answe
In the case of Rodney Koon; Let us keep in mind that Koon was had been drinking, and was driving 28 miles over the speed limit. Without the marihuana, Koon was baked. Yes there was active THC in his system. The defendant stated that he had smoked 5-6 hours earlier, but had it been 5-6 days earlier, he would have tested positive. Rodney had to know he was cooked with he drew O’Connell as a judge.
Koon was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a Schedule 1 controlled substance in his bod
By now, I am sure that the community has heard that the group, Coalition for a Safer Detroit, has won the right to pose a marihuana question during the November 2012 election season. The question asked is simple:
Division 1 - Controlled Substances
Sec. 38-11-50 Applicability.
None of the provisions of this article shall apply to the use or possession of less than 1 ounce of marihuana, on private property, by a person who has attained the age of 21 years.
I doubt that most
As we part and head into a new year, we need to review the past so we can better asset the future. We need to realize that what those in power has done to others, they may soon do to us.
The End of Poverty?
Globalization leads to unemployment, unemployment leads to poverty, and poverty leads to stress and violence.
Although it is the public that goes to the electoral polls, our government is run by Big Business – for Big Business, at the expense of the common person.
Although I posted the results of my survey a few days ago, I was not going to release it for comments until I posted the narrative. If you could see and feel my hands right now, you would know that it will be a while for that narrative to be completed.
In August, when I first offered a survey; I had hoped to receive hundreds, up to a thousand responses. I am so glad I didn’t. I printed each survey, blocked out the names, and then divided the work by gender. I had not anticipated the level of
At 12:01a on November 4, 2011; the state of Michigan will start its fourth year as a Medical Marihuana state. WOW!
Year one was kinda quite. Although the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act went into effect on December 4, 2008; no one was able to apply as a registered patient until April6, 2009. On that day, there were loads of people at the Department of Community Health office in Lansing, eager to submit their applications. Who cared that the receipt of ID cards were a day or two late, the elat
On the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs site is a department called, Pain and Symptom Management. Here is a page called, Painful Diseases & Conditions. With the changes lawmakers want to make to the MMMA, I would like to see new things listed as named conditions under the MMMA. After all, shouldn’t those people whom the state has acknowledge are suffering with pain be given the same opportunity for relief as those people suffering with the discomforts of Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for
Just some things I’ve been looking into.
PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 368 of 1978
333.7410 Violations by individual 18 years of age or over (7)A person who distributes marihuana without remuneration and not to further commercial distribution is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both, unless the distribution is in accordance with the law of this state.
333.7404 Use of controlled substance or cont
I only presented the parts I felt applied to the web site. The highlights are mine.
Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961
The adoption of this Convention is regarded as a milestone in the history of international drug control. The Single Convention codified all existing multilateral treaties on drug control and extended the existing control systems to include the cultivation of plants that were grown as the raw material of narcotic drugs. The principal objectives of the Convention are
This is written as a follow-up to my “I am not a Michigan Medical Marihuana Act expert” blog. Just as dispensaries are not written into our law, neither are any other businesses. This was not conceived as way to bring the State out of its depression, any more than I was designed to stop a foreclosure or repossession. Some people may be surprise to hear that the legislation was for the patient.
Open any newspaper, magazine, or online article and you will read about the business of marijuana.
I am not a Michigan Medical Marihuana Act expert, but I think I have a clearer understanding of the law than most Michiganders. I founded the first club in the city of Detroit, and have done a number of private meetings and Q&A performances. I have spoken to people of various ages. I take a conservative view of the law, and try to steer actives towards the center, not the fringes of the law. What I find most common with all groups I have spoken with are the questions asked.
I’m asked ab
I had been asked to do a medical marihuana presentation. This was not a big deal being I had been doing presentations for two years. What makes this presentation different is the audience. I was not speaking to the general public, but college professors, critical thinkers, anti-drug activists, and politicians. I’d written out the points I wanted to stress upon. This is my presentation.
I heard that I was a pothead who was manipulating medical use as an excuse for legalization. I stated th
Under the Michigan model, a compassion club is an outlet for education. It is not a store or a place to buy and sell marihuana. I believe the main factor in compassion club being lumped in the same category as dispensaries and social outlets is because the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association has allowed for dispensaries and the like to be sanctioned as compassion clubs under the 3MA’s umbrella.
It was also the 3MA that made caregiving a business by announcing that a person could make $50