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About kentuckyrain

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    New to growing mine and my hubby's meds,, could really use some help here,,,,,
  1. I just received a notice in the mail that one of my patients dropped me. This is from a close friend that has said nothing to me about dropping me. My question is, how long is the average wait time to get that notice? I am only asking because of personal reasons to try and figure out when that patient sent in the paperwork.
  2. Wladyslaw “Wally” Kowalski is a Ph.D. design engineer who lives in Van Buren County. In September, Kowalski came home to find his residence surrounded by police armed with a warrant. Officers searched the home and then hauled away his power generator and many expensive tools. They also froze his bank accounts, leaving Kowalski unable to pay his bills, student loan installments and taxes. Last November, state police raided the home of southwest Michigan resident Thomas Williams. The rural resident spent 10 hours in handcuffs while officers searched his property. When they departed they took his car, television, phone and some emergency cash. In both cases, neither Michigan resident was ever convicted or even charged with a crime. But law enforcement are still holding on to their property. They are able to do so because of a little known part of the criminal system called civil asset forfeiture. The U.S. Constitution says that no one shall be deprived of their property without due process. But civil asset forfeiture is a legal tool by which law enforcement can seize property they claim to suspect has been involved in criminal activity. Traditionally in Michigan, criminal fines were allocated to libraries, in part to avoid creating incentives that skew law enforcement more toward generating revenue than public safety. Asset forfeiture, however, is different. As a 2010 report from the Institute for Justice explained, “Law enforcement receives all proceeds of civil forfeiture to enhance law enforcement efforts, creating an incentive to pursue forfeiture more vigorously than combating other criminal activity.” Those incentives contributed to more than $250 million in total forfeiture revenue being collected in Michigan since 2000. Reports from law enforcement agencies here show they collected over $20 million last year. This has contributed to asset forfeiture becoming a revenue source for law enforcement agencies and big business in Michigan. Maj. Neill Franklin, a 34-year law enforcement veteran who led a drug enforcement team for the state police in Maryland, called the practice “extortion.” “Today we’re taking property from people across this country and not charging them with crimes because we have no evidence on them that they are committing crimes,” said Franklin, who now serves as the executive director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). Williams, a retired home remodeler and grandfather, had no other means of communication besides what the police seized. He was stranded for three days. Kowalski is a lighting design engineer who has written a number of manuals and textbooks on the use of ultraviolet light in the control of airborne disease, including work on bio-weapon defense systems for things like anthrax. Both men are medical marijuana users and believe they were targeted because of aggressive policies by a multi-county drug enforcement unit run by the Michigan State Police. There are 28 such task forces in Michigan and the Southwest Enforcement Team, which was involved in these raids, is the largest collector of seized property outside the Detroit area. The commander of the unit, Lieutenant Wayne Eddington did not discuss these specific cases, but said he believes people are trying to profit from medical marijuana, thinking the law will protect them. “You have people coming from out of state who aren’t even Michigan residents that will buy a home strictly to grow marijuana and traffic it out of state where marijuana is completely legal,” Eddington said. The summons and complaint in the Williams case and the petition for seizure order in the Kowalski case give some clues to what triggered these particular raids and seizures of property. The case against Williams describes an earlier raid on a marijuana dispensary in Battle Creek, one hour from his home. “I used to run a compassion club (there) three years ago and somehow they got my name off a piece of paper from when I rented the building and they took it to the judge and said I was (an) agent for a dispensary and they got a warrant to raid my house,” Williams said. In the summons and complaint, which describes a sting of the dispensary, there is no mention of Williams engaging in illegal distribution. In fact, one witness stated that he “had turned the business of the Battle Creek Compassionate Center over” to Mr. William’s son and the witness and the father had nothing to do with the dispensary for months. Unlike criminal warrants for arrest, seizure of property suspected of being used in drug crimes, or the proceeds from crimes, requires a lower burden of proof because they are civil matters. Attorney Daniel Grow, who represents Williams, explains that civil asset forfeiture cases can occur before, during, or after criminal prosecution because they are separate matters. “The system is set up so that there is an incentive for the average person to resolve their claim by a plea deal,” Grow said. “Very few of these cases go to trial because they’re average people that have usually never been in trouble before and try to follow Michigan’s medical marijuana act.” Grow said forfeiture is common in criminal cases but also happens when there are no criminal charges. It is difficult to fight seizure asset cases without criminal charges because the person must subject themselves to interrogations, depositions and give up their right to silence, as in criminal matters. Williams says he was told he could get his property back if he paid a fine of ten percent of the value, about $5,000. For his case, Kowalski is dumbfounded as to why police picked on him. He had been using medical marijuana after surgery in 2003 for a torn mitral valve. His heart medication caused insomnia and marijuana helps him sleep. But he has no use for the drug recreationally. “I never really liked it,” Kowalski said. “It made me foggy headed. I’m focused on research, science, books, writing. I didn’t find it conducive to that lifestyle.” After Michigan passed the medical marijuana law, he applied for a card. “The parameters seemed very simple: I could grow 12 plants and carry 2.5 ounces,” he said. Kowalski wanted to grow his plants outdoors because it was less expensive and caused fewer mold problems. He checked with the local sheriff and built a five-foot, barbed wire fence around the garden. Soon after, he agreed to be a licensed caregiver to four other patients. Under the law, he was permitted to grow 12 plants for each person. According to the seizure petition, police spotted his plants by helicopter and could see them from the road. Kowalski lives in a rural area and said it is not possible to see exactly what is growing inside his fence about 400 feet away. Other allegations in the complaint state that Kowalski was growing his plants inside an area that did not have a roof or cover and that he was unable to produce two of the four caregiver cards. Kowalski says he didn’t have the documentation in his house at the time but did get it from the State of Michigan registry a few days later and provided it to police within a few days. Police also claimed they found a “ledger” but Kowalski says it was a notebook that did not show sales of any sort. He says the book contained scientific data, calculations, phone numbers and miscellaneous writings, prose and song lyrics. Kowalski also denies ever “selling” marijuana products, as stated in the complaint. He says he charged a compensation value of $4 per gram to his clients, and only provided a few grams at any one time. He was motivated more by compassion than profit. “A lot of people around here are poor and my clients are poor and if they didn’t have the money, I just gave it to them for free,” Kowalski said. The petition also states that Kowalski had business cards with a false address, stating his street number was 39416 instead of 39413. Kowalski said the cards had a typo on them and mistakenly handed the police a card from the bad batch. Last Wednesday, after Michigan Capitol Confidential contacted the agency, prosecutors lifted the freeze on his bank accounts. But they still hold his property. “I don’t think what I did, growing medical marijuana for myself and my clients, was such a terrible thing but the treatment I’m getting from the state police is extremely harsh,” Kowalski said. He has been forced to sell some of the property he did retain in order to pay his bills. “The primary goal of asset forfeiture is to deter and punish drug criminals by taking away the goods, property and money obtained through illegal activity,” states the 2014 Asset Forfeiture Report filed by the Michigan State Police. But Maj. Franklin disagrees. “Marijuana is the largest cash cow for law enforcement, as you think about civil asset forfeiture,” he said. “Here’s what we did with some people: We didn’t prosecute [them], they didn’t go to prison, and they didn’t go to court. They weren’t convicted of [anything], but we would make a deal with them and they’d come to us and say, ‘Hey, I need my car to go to work,’ and we’d say, OK, if you give us XYZ amount of money, you can have your car back. So, literally, it’s extortion.” Several bills have been introduced in the Michigan legislature that would make the forfeiture process more transparent or limit it without a criminal conviction. So far, they have been stalled at the urging of law enforcement agencies. http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/20782
  3. Less than a month after pleading guilty to drug house charges over medical marijuana butter, a Michigan cop’s sudden death has been called a suicide. Sergeant Timothy Bernhardt served in his department for 22 years, but a tip from a postal worker led to the eventual searches of the homes of corrections officers Sergeant Tim Bernhardt, Deputy Michael Frederick, and Deputy Todd VanDoorne, as well as Christine Tennant, the wife of Deputy Brian Tennant. All of them believed at the time that the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act protected their possession and use of medical marijuana butter, according to Huffington Press. Sergeant Bernhardt quit his career and pleaded guilty to the charges against him, though the Kent County Sheriff Larry Stelma told the press that there was never any indication that the marijuana was ever provided to anyone without a medical marijuana card. Bernhardt faced two years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine, according to WOODTV. The sergeant previously held a clean criminal record. The officers’ lawyers also explained that the only drug activity involved in the case involved medical marijuana and the cops had legally obtained medical marijuana cards. The issue at the center of the arrests was a technicality in the law: Marijuana infused butter is not officially deemed “usable” marijuana under the 2008 law. After much debate, a Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that marijuana butter was not considered medical marijuana in July of last year, according to Huffington Post. In response to that ruling, in December of last year, the Michigan House voted 100-9 to include products made with resin, including marijuana butter, in the definition of legal, usable medical marijuana. That bill was still in the Michigan Senate at the time of the arrests. After Sergeant Bernhardt’s sudden death, a Kent County Sheriff representative declined to comment, saying in an email to MLIVE, “we typically do not comment on any suicides.” “Tim was the most honorable man I ever met in my life,” Bernhardt’s wife wrote of her late husband just following his suicide. “Please pray for peace in our family.” On the day that Bernhardt pleaded guilty, he was embraced by deputies waiting outside the courtroom, a moment that the attorney said speaks volumes about his character. His supporters say he was proud of his service to his community and loved his family. Michigan marijuana advocates are making strides. In October, a Michigan appeals court ruled that employees fired over medical marijuana still qualify for unemployment benefits. Soon, all Michiganders will likely be able to make full use of marijuana resin edibles, including marijuana butter. In December, the remaining Michigan cops who took plea deals will be sentenced, but Sergeant Bernhardt’s suicide will always remain one of many tragedies, according to advocates, in the history of Michigan medical marijuana. Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1648963/michigan-cop-commits-suicide-after-marijuana-butter-considered-not-medically-usable-marihuana/#WMf5VUBppBxV3dJY.99 http://www.inquisitr.com/1648963/michigan-cop-commits-suicide-after-marijuana-butter-considered-not-medically-usable-marihuana/
  4. I am new to this idea but very interested. How do I get started, are there any websites that have the vaporizers for sale, can I just throw in buds or does it need to be in the oil form? Where can I find out more information on vaporizing?
  5. Thank u T Pain, sorry I have reached my quota of positive votes? lol Or I would Like your response.
  6. I would say, the answer is NO based on information I know from my sister whom is in Section 8.
  7. Not sure if this helps, but my sister has subsidized housing and it is stated in her lease that she can NOT have a FEDERAL ILLEGAL DRUG in her possession in her apartment or on her premises. She lives in Monroe, it that helps. Also, she has had an anonymous call to the office about her MEDICAL MARIJUANA, and the office told her if she gets one more call, she will get an unexpected search and if found with anything then she will have 10 days to move out. Hit me up in pm if you have any further questions about this. Don't want to say to much out here for the sake of my sister and her home. Edit to add: The apartment complex did not care that she is a cardholder, it is against Federal Law so they told her it does not matter if she has a card, if she is caught with any of it, she will be evicted in 10 days upon their random search.
  8. This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend,, some people starting singing it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever JUST BECAUSE,,, This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend,, some people starting singing it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever JUST BECAUSE,,, This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend,, some people starting singing it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever JUST BECAUSE,,, This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend,, some people starting singing it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever JUST BECAUSE,,, This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend,, some people starting singing it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever JUST BECAUSE,,,.
  9. Can someone sum this up in a sentence or two? So basically, an officer's wife has a card, the officer had 4 pounds? I am confused,,,
  10. Thank you Wild Bill for sharing this. I don't know if I should scream or cry right now. Do you have any idea what has happened to this guy or his case? I think anyone that works for the government, state, is an elected official, etc. should have to have yearly psychic evaluations as well as drug screening. They work for us, are elected by us, are supposed to serve and protect us, they should be held at a higher standard than us, the average citizen. And when they flower up, they should be punished TWICE as bad as us! Edit: To add, I don't think I used the word "flower" up, lol,,,
  11. Well, glad I'm not on Welfare then,,, The Michigan House on Wednesday approved a pilot program that will allow suspicion-based drug testing for welfare recipients, according to local media reports. Michigan’s Senate will soon vote on the House’s bill for it to become law. Though it has not yet scheduled a vote, the Senate approved an earlier versionof the bill in March, which indicates the likelihood that it will vote yes on the measure. This is not the first time that Michigan has pursued the policy of requiring welfare recipients to take drug tests. In 1999, the state enacted a program that required parents receiving welfare benefits to submit to random drug tests, but federal judge Victoria Roberts ruled that the program’s suspicionless testing was unconstitutional. In 2003, the 12-member 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati, heard the case, but the judges split their vote evenly, and Roberts’s ruling was automatically affirmed. Michigan legislators hope this new program, which requires testing only for welfare applicants and recipients who are “reasonably” suspected of using illegal drugs, will pass legal muster. The 1999 bill did not contain a reasonable suspicion cause. The new bill allows state employees to subject welfare applicants to drug testing if they reasonably suspect they have been engaged in the illegal use of a controlled substance, based on the outcome of a substance abuse screening. “I think people want to make sure that we give a hand up to those in need, but they’re tired of giving their tax dollars to people who waste it on drugs,” state Representative Jeff Farrington, a Republican, told Michigan news site MLive.com. Democratic Representative Jon Switalski, meanwhile, told MLive the program will “drive a wedge between those who are poor and how the rest of society views those individuals.” Michigan is not the only state attempting to pass legislation that would require welfare beneficiaries to undergo drug screening. In July, Tennessee instituted a program in which welfare applicants must submit to a three-question form about potential drug use. If applicants answer yes to any of the three questions, they must submit to urine testing. If they test positive, they will receive drug abuse treatment. Failing another test six months after treatment means they will be cut off from welfare benefits. As of August 3, four people had been removed from the state’s welfare rolls as a result of failing drug tests, The Tennesseanreports. In 2013, a federal judge in Orlando struck down a Florida law requiring mandatory drug testing for all welfare applicants. Michigan’s new law will likely be challenged in court by opponents of mandatory drug testing. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which challenged the state’s 1999 bill, did not respond immediately to a request for comment. http://www.newsweek.com/michigan-gives-drug-testing-welfare-recipients-another-look-289310
  12. What is that about? Are the doctors that give us recommendations not real?
  13. Michigan seems to have quite a few cities that have "lightened up" on MJ so why can we not be one of the next states to set up Legalization for 2016?
  14. Why do I have one star out of 5 on my profile? What did I do wrong? No body likes me, everybody hates me, think I'll eat some worms. Short fat slimy ones, long thin curly ones, ones that wiggle and squirm
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