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    • By Michael Komorn in Stories From the Theater of the War on Drugs
      After the legalization of marijuana in Michigan, some patients are thinking they could stop paying the state $100 for the special mmp card , and just use the recreational marijuana law to grow their medicine.
      A patient with a registered card can use the ultimate defense and immunity to avoid a driving under the influence charge.
      Only adults 21 or over are protected by the new legalization law, but no one yet knows how the new law will affect driving privileges.
      Is the zero tolerance of THC in your blood law still in effect for adult use marijuana ? 
      The new law is similarly worded to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.
      Whereas the MMMA says
      While the meaning of "under the influence" was not decided within the MMMA until 2012, with People v Koon, that was 4 years of police arresting patients for driving with marijuana in their blood.
      The court in People v Koon came to the conclusion:
      Ignoring that for a minute, the Michigan State Police have been tasked with sampling saliva during road side stops for a task force on marijuana driving. The task force was created in order to find a nanogram limit for THC in blood, even though 50 years of scientific research on the subject has consistently said marijuana does not affect driving.
      So my advice is, if you are a patient, keep the patient card active until the courts either give up on all marijuana issues, or at least this driving issue , or it is decided by the Michigan Supreme Court.
      Basically, until non-patients get a similar "People v Koon" ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court, it is advised that any patients keep their cards to protect them fully under the MMMA.
      "Don't be the first person to test this in court."

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  3. It would be best to retain an attorney that you trust. It may cost a little more but a good attorney is the only friend you have in the criminal justice system. Why risk jail, fines , probation coasts, community service, drug counseling etc. just to save a few bucks in the short term. Kormorn Law is one of the premier cannabis law firms in the state. If they can't help you then they should be able to refer you to someone in your area. It sounds like any competent lawyer would be able to get the charges dropped or at least reduced. If they are charging him with having cannabis in his system when he has a medical card it should be thrown out of court anyway. Tell the court you aren't comfortable with the lawyer due to what you found in your research and ask for a delay so you can obtain proper representation. If you can't get an attorney before the court date "stand mute" when asked for a plea. The judge will enter a "not guilty" plea in your behalf. In my experience the courts are only shaking you down to see how much cash they can get out of you. Think of it as being way laid by gangsters looking for an excuse to rob you. Extend my best wishes to your son during this stressful time and best of luck fighting for your freedom.
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  5. Hi, my name is Jane. I've been a member of MMMA from the onset. Recently, my son Ethan, who is 19, was driving home to Kalamazoo, MI from Northern Michigan University after it was announced that school was postponed in mid-March. On his way home he was pulled over by police. He has a medical marijuana card, but didn't have any marijuana in his possession. He was given a roadside sobriety test and was taken to the nearest hospital for a blood test. Then he was taken to jail for the night. He has been charged with a OWI and his court date is June 9. According to my son, he was not read his miranda rights, and he was not under the influence when he was pulled over. A friend suggested that I reach out to this group as this may be a familiar situation, and help may be available. Ethan has a court-appointed attorney, but he googled him, and apparently the attorney and the arresting officer are connected socially. I'm not sure how to support my son through this. I don't want a small thing to turn into something that limits his options as he progresses through life. Also, he made the Dean's List both semesters his Freshman year. Thank you.
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  9. Grow your own or get a caregiver either way will save you a ton of money over the storefront prices.
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  11. All of those treatments should only be applied topically to the plant, and only should be used to treat a problem that already exists (not prophylactically). Don't treat for fungus if you don't already have fungus. I only apply treatments to my vegetative plants, and never to my flowering plants. You don't need to apply anything to the soil.
  12. Growing cannabis was one of the most fun and rewarding things I have ever done. I highly recommend it.
  13. I would recommend that one or both of you get medical/caregiver cards. Then it becomes 12 plants per patient rather than 12 plants per household.
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  15. If you have the room to do it I would suggest you try growing your own. It saves you money and you always know where your meds came from and can be sure nothing harmful has been sprayed on it.
  16. I think recreational marijuana has more THC than medical. Medical hemp has more CBD use, and I think this is the main difference. When I was in Canada, I smoked a lot of recreational marijuana, and you know what? It helped me to understand a lot of hidden secrets about me. Actually, when you buy online from dispensary Toronto the weed is more effective. It gives a good high, that you feel like you are jumping in the sky. I've used this hemp with my gf, and I'm glad that this hemp gave us a lot of pleasure during the night...
  17. Antiseizure meds really are not very good for pets, they can make your dog aggressive and naughty. I had the same situation with my dog last year, he was suffering with seizures after a terrible fall in the garden. I had a lot of problems with him, but I didn't even think about antiseizure meds, because of it's impact. Goldendoodles are very pretty and energetic dogs, sincerely, I couldn't chose between this breed and labradoodles. For me it was a hard decision, but now I love my pet and will do everything possible to make him feel better!
  18. Should I add some kind of bug killer, fungus killer or anything prophylactically to my soil prior to planting my seedlings? Neem oil or something else?
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  21. What they did in a situation I was involved with was be really nosey around the neighborhood and when they think they have a pot grower they trump up a reason to be at your house for inspection. Like saying they need to come in and take a look at your water meter. Once they have their foot in the door they explain they want you to have a permit and inspections for your weed business. They use the same forms and inspectors they use for inspecting rental units. A periodic fee and inspections process.
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  23. Glad to be here and hope I'm welcome. I finally took care of business today and poof, I'm certified. Who would of thought this glorious day would ever come. I'm a 47 yo professional with cronic pains. Don't take the screen name to seriously, it just popped in my head for some strange reason. Anyhow, I'm glad to be here and looking to learn more as I go. I'm not new to the medicine, just new to the technology that has taken place and what progress and great varieties of health aids are out there. I went to my first dispensory today and wow. Never have I seen such a thing. How cool is that!!!! But, I am sure there are others and better. I just have to figure that out.
  24. From a residential point of view, the best thing going against this ruling, is that local gov.'s would have to create new bureaucracy. I can't see too many of them taking that too seriously. To fund it, they would have to impose a fairly high permit fee, probably over a hundred dollars per residence per year. That alone would cause people to NOT apply for a permit, just as most people do not apply for building permits when they work on their houses. Too expensive, too much red tape. Most just do the work and nothing ever comes of it. Are they going to add the job of inspecting weed grows to the building departments? Would they hire a 'weed inspector'? Lots of issues and money problems there... I don't see anything coming out of this that will affect most home growers. At worst, people would have to grow 'under cover' AGAIN. Which sucks, but most of us are used to doing that anyway.
  25. I'm in a similar boat to the original poster. I would like to add two things that I've discovered in my research, that may be helpful for future readers. 1) Michigan is currently working on legislation to include a "one bad night " exception to expungements . Basically meaning even if you had multiple felonies from the same instance you may qualify to have both expunged. 2) Now that recreational exist You may qualify for a cannabis micro-business license. As marijuana specific drug charges do not disqualify you for being eligible.
  26. Yes there is a bill for each, med and AU. 5547 and 5548 respectively.
  27. I am looking to become a caregiver. If you are a patient in need in the Grand Rapids to Big Rapids area please feel free to contact me. I have many seeds and varieties of strains ready to grow and can grow a strain you choose. I Currently have Northern Lights available with more on the way. I take pride in my operation and only grow a few plants at a time in an indoor grow tent using a super soil with no harmful chemicals. I put a lot of time into finishing the product properly for optimal flavor and preservation of the flower further preventing any post harvest issues.
  28. We got cards today. So we are good for two more years. Old card had expired for 13 days. All is good now.
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