The last and current Attorney General's let Michigan down when they didn't interpret clear uniform policy for communities to follow that complied with the MMM Act's intentions assimilating patients into society in a manner that kept them as productive and included as possible . They should not let personal views interfere . They should of helped create workable law on med ables , stopped this discontinuance of adjunctive medications , medical care or routine just for program participation , removed doubts about driving unless impaired , cleared up access for patients to grants and scholarship's for education , sports and honestly considered distribution with clarification of tax laws regarding growing and sales that could be extended to Federal Forms under the concept of following State Medical Marihuana Law .
I agree with the patients who believe no testing should be involved in driving it should be like any other medicinal item if your displaying impairment then Law enforcement must document it and prove it in court or let it go just like with Valium or anti depressants . What worries me is many of us are disabled and appear unsteady or different when were not impaired . Further people do have serious accidents whether impaired or not why the extra penalties on medicinal users . I thought society already had laws that penalize people who have '"accidents " are they severe enough ? I have never seen society so punitive in my lifetime as the last few years as money incentives are pushing testing One company sells a test now that is a video game to be used by truckers roadside . I remember hearing of a case where a person was sitting at a red light waiting for it to change and was hit from behind , pushed through the intersection causing another serious accident and found at fault due to impairment testing . How authoritis could conclude and enforce increased culpability in that situation still confuses me ?
Unlike the public or uneducated legislators most patients understand there is no known test for impairment and regular medicinal users can test at 5 nanograms then a hour later test at 20 nanograms because THC is stored in fat with 65 % of elimination occurring in the bowels . Anything less then 50 nanograms is the same as zero tolerance these 2 and 5 nanogram limits being put in place in other States as a floor for recreational users equal exactly that zero tolerance when applied to medicinal or habitual user's . Many of us would fail 50 nanogram tests in blood plasma levels and almost all urine tests of a similar amount . Patient's recognize and espouse people new to any substance should be very careful and phase in a medicinal item when around others and their homes adjusting to it before driving or operating dangerous machinery and exercise extra caution always even after feeling comfortable with side effects .
A nanogram is 1/10,000 of a microgram . For example marinol has 2.5 -10 micrograms of THC and one normal Cannabis Cigarette ( 1 gm ) is similar and will lift a patients blood level by 50- 200 nanograms . Habitual Medicinal Users will have consistent blood plasma levels of 45 nanograms according to the NHTSA . Even higher are possible . The Government itself has published for years blood tests are not evidence of impairment as their is no viable limit or consistent level within blood plasma to develop one for THC . We have many patients using 3 Oz's a week with med ables . The Federal Government was/is giving patients 2.3 ounces a week that were/are on the compassionate use program - some working . The whole point of medicinal use is to try to keep a consistent elevated dose of the cannabinoids that benefit one in the blood stream that is necessary to alleviate debilitating symptoms of illness and or injury . Patients cannot support testing and should be treated the same as users of any other medicinal item .
If anyone finds any fault with this please feel free to comment/ correct , add for educations sake . Thanks in advance .