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  1. I should mention that Clark asked me to post this.
  2. Some generous person has donated 2 tickets to the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. This includes admission, judge pass, hotel, and air fare from either Detroit or Minneapolis. More details to come. We are also told that a mystery artist will be here tonight. Things are going well here. The venue is perfect, there is still time to make it out and have loads of fun.
  3. Saginaw rally video- http://www.youtube.com/user/megadpv
  4. We will be leaving from Ypsilanti at 9:00 Wednesday morning. We will be offering free breakfast and help with fuel money for those in need. We willl basically be taking US 23 to I 75 to Saginaw- if someone lives along the way, we will try to arrange to scoop you up. Breakfast is 8-9. During this time, we will organize the car pooling/caravan to participate in this rally. 3rd Coast Compassion Center 19 N.Hamilton Ypsilanti, Mi 48197 734 487 5402 We need numbers in Saginaw. Even if you are in the relative Ann Arbor/Ypsi area and need an initial ride to 3rd Coast, contact me or Peanutbutter, or give us a call.
  5. The author admits that the emerging industry surrounding medical marijuana is amidst the fastest growing in the state, and the only issue discussed as a result of commercial enterprises, was that some people have been parking in the wrong lot. These opponents continue to not have any new or compelling reasoning to support their position. David Layton for AG-
  6. The free breakfast will be held at the- 3rd Coast Compassion Center 19 N. Hamilton Ypsilanti, Mi 48197 PB asked if he could organize this for people to get together at a central location and help to arrange some carpooling/caravan to the rally. The Magic Oven's Chef Dennis then agreed to cook the breakfast. 3rd Coast will pay for the breakfast and I will help out with some gas or other necessities for those in need and to encourage more participation. Jon Roberts was clearly targeted. He was acting in good faith within the parameters of the MMMA. Unless we respond, offer education, be aware of who to vote for in November, we will all remain vulnerable. Jon is still standing up after being totally devastated. We have to support Jon and respect his determination and courage. Showing up at this rally will contribute to a very profound message from the mmj community. Blueberry has really eloquently expressed the very concerning issues here and seems to have gained some momentum in getting people involved. We need to help keep that going. Jon and Blueberry and others, are creating a real opportunity to be heard. The politicians need to know, in no uncertain terms, that we are voting for those who protect our rights, not for those who demonstrate no understanding of the will of the people, who do not take mmj seriously as a health care option and encourage prohibitive policy. A culmination of things, this rally included, can seriously get this message across. Again, thanks to Jon, and Blueberry and PB and others for creating this very important opportunity.
  7. http://www.annarbor.com/news/municipalities-begin-exploring-medical-marijuana-regulations/ Ypsilanti’s 3rd Coast Compassion Center hummed with activity on a recent Tuesday, a stark difference from its quiet beginnings when it opened in a former funeral parlor in December. In that way, 3rd Coast - the state's first medical marijuana dispensary - is representative of the industry as a whole in Michigan. Medical marijuana is enjoying rapid growth, arguably more so than any other industry in the state. But two years after voters approved the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, parties on all sides of the issue are forced to make their own interpretations because of what many say is a vaguely written law. The result has been differing views on the law's intent and the details shaping the industry. Some municipalities would prefer the burgeoning industry avoid their communities altogether and have taken measures to zone out or heavily regulate activity. Most municipalities are taking one of three different approaches: embrace the legislation, ban medical marijuana possession and use outright, or find a middle ground through zoning ordinances. “It’s complex,” Matt Abel, a Detroit-based attorney nicknamed "The Cannabis Counselor" said of the state law, adding “it was unfortunately written to pass the vote at election time not written to be clear and workable.” The law is problematic in part because marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, though the Obama administration announced in October federal authorities would not arrest anyone complying with state medical marijuana laws. Despite that, Saline recently opted to prohibit medical marijuana all together, citing its status under federal law. Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell said she voted for medical marijuana’s legalization, but feels the law is too vague. The Saline City Council passed a zoning ordinance in June prohibiting the sale or possession of medical marijuana, or anything else that's illegal under federal, state or local law. “Because the regulations around medical marijuana and dispensing are not very clear, there’s a lot of room for interpretation,” she said. “It makes it a little difficult for a local government to get involved at this point.” Jamie Lowell, a partner at 3rd Coast, argued Saline doesn't have the authority to impose such restrictions. “Local municipalities have no ability to enforce federal laws,” he said. “The feds are not interested in enforcing federal law over small amounts of cannabis being used legally under state law.” The law is more specific in certain areas. A patient must obtain written documentation from a licensed physician stating he or she has a debilitating illness and could benefit from the use of medical marijuana. The patient then takes the documentation to the Michigan Department of Community Health, which issues a patient's card, if approved. Patients designate a primary caregiver from whom they obtain medical marijuana. A caregiver’s card is also issued by the state Department of Community Health. A caregiver can grow up to 12 plants - or 2.5 ounces - for up to “five qualifying patients,” and an additional 12 if he or she is a patient. But Abel and others contend the law does not say a patient can't obtain marijuana from other patients, or that a caregiver can't sell to qualified patients outside of the five with whom they are registered. “Anything that’s illegal is specified, but it doesn't say you can’t sell to someone else,” Abel said. The law states “qualifying patients” shall not be punished for the “medical use” of marijuana. The law’s definition of medical use includes the words “acquisition, transport, delivery and transfer” of the medicine. Ann Arbor officials have yet to determine how they will approach the question of regulating dispensaries. Already, several have set up shop in the city. City Attorney Stephen Postema told AnnArbor.com in early June that the law clearly states caregivers can only grow plants for their designated patients and that “the law doesn't contemplate that there would be a group of plants that could just go to anyone." Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje said the city is gathering more information before forming an opinion one way or another. “I remain very supportive of the concept and we’re trying to sort through the legalities,” he said. In Milan, the City Council discussed placing a moratorium on allowing medical marijuana dispensaries during a work session Monday. The measure was tabled. Grand Rapids has taken a position that the law is silent on dispensaries, therefore dispensaries aren't allowed. Lowell said restrictions on patients obtaining medical marijuana run contrary to “the spirit and intent of the law,” which he says is to provide people who use medical marijuana as a legitimate form of health care with uninterrupted access to it. 3rd Coast and other dispensaries operate by allowing member caregivers and patients to bring their excess cannabis to the club, which is then made available to other patients. No marijuana is grown on the premises, and Lowell said all transactions are small and well within the parameters of the law. Importantly, the law states the actual cannabis cannot be sold, but a patient or caregiver can be compensated for services. Lowell and partner Darrell Stavros regularly meet with municipalities statewide that are in the process of developing zoning ordinances. He said a conservative estimate puts the number of dispensaries in Michigan at 15, with that figure rapidly growing. Abel estimated as many as 50 will operate by the year's end. Abel said there needs to be a provision in the law addressing dispensaries. “There’s a need for dispensaries, and they’re going to be there one way or another, so the state might as well get on board,” he said. In the case of nurseries, caregivers' 72 plants must be in a secure, locked room, but the definition of “secure and locked” remains unclear. Abel has already taken on a court case in which prosecutors challenged what a grower considered secure. That case was thrown out. In addition, municipalities have to decide what happens if, for example, 20 caregivers want to form a large nursery and grow their plants - 1,440 maximum - under one roof, but in separate “locked and secure” rooms. “In our system, all the gray areas end up in court, so you’re going to have a court giving an opinion on these questions,” said Dennis Hayes, an Ann Arbor-based attorney long involved with the medical marijuana industry. Ypsilanti Township has sought to limit the size of nurseries by allowing only 72 plants - or one caregiver - per nursery. The ordinance also requires nurseries to remain 1,000 feet from one another in light industrial zones and 1,000 feet from a residential zone, precluding caregivers from growing in their homes. Consumption is also prohibited in the township's nurseries and dispensaries. At 3rd Coast in the city, one of its functions is to provide a place for patients to medicate when their living situation makes doing so uncomfortable, Lowell said. The Ypsilanti City Council may discuss a medical marijuana zoning ordinance by September. Council Member Brian Robb has been gathering information on the issues, and he and city planner Teresa Gillotti have been in communication with 3rd Coast. Robb said grow operations should be open to inspection to address any safety concerns, but he sees no problem with allowing a nursery or dispensary to be treated like a retail operation. He also said 3rd Coast should be allowed to operate in the central business district. “I think this is pretty simple and straightforward, but my biggest concern is the inspection of the grow operation,” he said. Officials in Dexter and Chelsea both said they have yet to deeply explore how to proceed, though both are aware of the issues. Dexter Council Member Jim Carson said a zoning ordinance is on that village planning commission’s July 6 agenda. The state has nearly 20,000 registered patients and 8,500 caregivers, according to the Department of Community Health. Lowell said the need for easy, alternative access to cannabis will continue to grow as more patients register, and he believes education on the subject will help eliminate "irrational fears" about dispensaries. Lowell also highlighted the positive economic impact 3rd Coast has had in Ypsilanti by bringing in residents of other communities who use the city's other businesses. He also pointed out the dispensary now occupies a previously abandoned building. "This should be an inspiration and it should tell people, 'Hey, You can do this,' so patients can always have safe access to their medicine," he said. "The economic development part comes incidentally, but this is a win-win industry."
  8. Doug, you know that you can count on us to be there and to support you and group- anytime. Here is a recent Metro Times story - http://www.metrotimes.com/news/story.asp?id=15103
  9. Do you understand that medical cannabis is the treatment of choice for qualified patients and that your current, narrow, interpretations of the MMMA, makes it impossible for legal patients to have safe access to their medicine? Do you find creating conditions that make it impossible for legal patients to have safe access to their medicine, to be in the spirit and intent of what the voters over-whelmingly approved in Nov. 2008? Is there any financial motivation to arrive at some of your interpretations of the law?
  10. The narrow interpretation of the State Police attorney, could leave patients without a viable, safe means to access medicine. In my opinion, any policy or interpretation, or municipal ordinance etc., that contributes to making it harder or impossible for the medical marihuana patient to be able to get a necessary supply when needed,within reason, is contrary to the spirit and the intent of the MMMA. No matter how the scenario may arrive, and the possible situations are endless, there are times when a legal patient will be in need of medicine, and their own garden or primary caregiver's garden is not able to produce, at the moment, what is reasonably needed for treatment. To have a private club where those members with more than what they immediately need, can bring it in and get it down to those who need it, seems to make a lot of sense as a means to carry out the purpose of the law and to keep a patient from having to do without medication, than simply telling the patient that he or she has to suffer or use other chemicals that are not preferred. Particularly, if the patient has been able to replace or significantly cut down on pharmaceuticals that may be toxic and/or addictive.I do not believe that the voters ever envisioned scenarios where patients would be legally allowed to suffer over not being able to acquire medicine outside of the specific primary caregiver/patient relationship. Other aspects of the law would be in conflict of such a strict ,narrow interpretation, the MSP is adopting, as well. It would be exceptionally cooler if education, logic, realization, acceptance, understanding and compassion could take the place of tax payer funded resources to enforce a dangerous legal opinion, that is seemingly in direct conflict with what the voters overwhelmingly stated was to be protected by law.
  11. This meeting will be held at 19 N. Hamilton in Ypsi- There will be presentations and speakers- Also, The 3rd Coast Compassion Clinic has open times for appointments- dates May 28, 29 and June 12, 26- 734 487 5402
  12. The Ypsilanti Compassion Care Club and 3rd Coast Compassion Center would be glad to be involved with this, and/or help out where needed. Please send info, and record as contact, Jamie- jdlele@hotmail.com
  13. Sunday April 25 1-3 pm at Club Divine at 23 N. Washington in Ypsilanti. Legendary rock photographer Lenni Sinclair will be there as well as Nathan Goodman discussing trimming methods along with other topics. Captain Kirk will be there, as usual, to run things. Kirk's meetings have been very informational, very fun and a place where different groups and individuals can demonstrate unity and fellowship. This meeting is open to all. As usual, those who are club members, or who qualify and join, of the 3rd Coast Compassion Center, are invited to the Center following the public meeting. Thank you-
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