An additional note regarding the Marijuana Laws: This is quoted from the Jackson Citizen Patriot Wire Digest dated: Saturday October 16, 2010
"Holder: Marijuana laws will be enforced
San Francisco - Attorney General Eric Holder said the federal government will enforce its marijuana laws in California even if voters next month make the state the first in the nation to legalize the drug. The Justice Department strongly opposes California's Proposition 19 and remains firmly committed to enforcing the federal Controlled Substances Act in all states, Holder wrote in a letter to former chiefs of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter, dated Wednesday. "We will vigorously enforce the CSA against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law," Holder wrote."
My take and two cents from reading the above Michigan Search Warrant and from the stand of the Federal Government is this: I don't support the removal of the plants from a Registered Caregiver. But the Michigan State law clearly states: "Fully Enclosed Secured Area". My understanding of fully enclosed would mean locked in a secure building. I think that this Caregiver went through a lot of trouble putting up a fence and covering his product, but I can't see how this would be construed as fully enclosed and secure. Perhaps he had and alarm system or dogs, it's not stated, but if not, it would seem any unsavory or determined wiley coyote person could stealthily enter that premises and steal product. This is the very thing the law is trying to prevent. I have a home in Indiana and changed my residency to Michigan so that I could try and take advantage of the Michigan Marijuana Law. I am not a user, but I felt that if I used my passion of wanting to do the best I can do of my own abilities to grow Medical Marijuana on my Michigan property for which I pay Michigan taxes, I could do this and still be an honest and fair caregiver for my patients. I admit, I have a lot to learn in growing Medical Marijuana hydroponically or at all. But I spent much expense ensuring that my grow facility is in a LOCKED SECURE BUILDING. I realize that any determined thief can break and enter into ANY building that they want, but it would require MUCH effort to steal or even to view my product. Certainly the LEO's could never view my product or evidence of growing product from a drive by or even a fly by. They would have to break and enter my premises and that would be entrapment. Or they can request a legal audit as my name and address is provided on my Michigan Department Of Community Health card. I'm not saying that I am not careful. But let's be honest. It takes real effort to grow Medical Marijuana Legally and to stay within the law and to try and make a little profit. And even by doing this, there is little, if any, room to make a profit (which we are not supposed to do) unless you try and WORK to stay within the legal limits. Cutting corners in the growing, caring, tending, expense, distribution and security of your Medical Marijuana will do nothing but make it bad for those who are really trying to stay within the law and provide for themselves or for patients fairly. I for one do not feel sorry for any operation that is growing marijuana for recreation and busted. I think that it is a plus for the genuine Caregivers since it keeps supply and demand legally balanced. I don't feel sorry for anyone growing marijuana in the cornstalks or on public property or even private property if they violate the law. I'd like to have Michigan keep the Medical Marijuana program to provide relief for genuine patients who prefer a choice of Medical Marijuana over the inflated price of chemicals that can do more damage to your body than good. We already know that the pharmaceutical companies over charge the American People for their own profit and greed. If you don't believe this, trying obtaining Health Insurance for yourself or for your family if you have any type of pre-existing health condition. Sorry for being long winded, but I wanted to express my thoughts since joining this website and before I join any Compassion Club, so you can see me coming and be forwarned.... (L)augh (O)ut (L)oud... :-) Bilbo The Grower...Zeke