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  1. Hey folks, If you are a new patient or have questions or want to become a patient, or just want to discuss something in a civil manor feel free to post here. I think its very important to be informed about pending legislation and other topics but I don't want that and the recent events with leaders of this board to choke out patients with questions or in need of support.
  2. The public hearing for public comments will be heard on April 27, 2018. Read more about it at http://komornlaw.com/petitions After the MMMA was enacted by a vote of 63% of Michigan voters in 2008, the legislature has declined to add any new qualifying conditions to protect patients from arrest. Senator Rick Jones even attempted to remove Glaucoma from the MMMP's list of qualifying conditions. Patients , caregivers and other interested parties wrote in opposition to the bill. A handful of petitions have been submitted over the years. LARA (and the previous MDCH department) have used various reasons and tricks to deny these petitions. Only Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been added as a qualifying condition to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. Autism and Parkinson's disorder petitions were approved by the Michigan medical marihuana review board (the board consists mostly of physicians). These petitions were denied by the LARA director. The petitions were not deficient in any way and should have been accepted by LARA. We resubmitted the Autism petition again, with 20 additional research studies. Now, with the help of numerous patients, researchers, Dwight Z. and Dr. Christian Bogner along with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association and Michael Komorn, we have assembled a massive amount of peer-reviewed medical research and government data to show that these conditions should be approved to protect patients, caregivers and physicians from arrest for the medical use of marijuana to treat their conditions. This project took months of work. Reading, organizing, searching and collecting thousands of pages of research from all over the world. Including the most up to date medical studies, peer-reviewed patient surveys and the national reviews of all medical marijuana studies by the National Academies of Science. The oldest peer-reviewed medical research paper cited within these petitions was from the first volume of The Lancet in 1889. Birch EA. The use of Indian hemp in the treatment of chronic chloral and chronic opium poisoning. The Lancet. 1889;133:625. Cannabis, Indian Hemp, Marijuana, whatever you call it, physicians were using this non-toxic plant in 1889 to treat chronic opium poisoning and opium addiction. As opioid based prescriptions are addicting and killing approximately 142 Americans each day in 2017, medical marijuana is a non-lethal non-toxic way to avoid "America enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks." The qualifying condition petitions were based primarily on the following: Already approved qualifying conditions in other medical marijuana states. Historical and ancient medical books. Patient self-reports and surveys. US Government Department of Health and Human Services Patent on using marijuana to treat many diseases and injuries, including brain injury on humans. Institute of Medicine 1999 report on medical marijuana. This report was the basis for the MMMA, specifically cited within the Michigan law, MCL 333.26422 (b). National Academies of Science (formerly the Institute of Medicine) 2017 updated report on medical marijuana. Included research not only supports each qualifying condition petition, but also answers questions that the LARA directors, physicians and medical marijuana review panel board members had asked of past petitioners. Reports on dosages, safety profiles of marijuana, statistics from the CDC and Poison Control, and information from NIH, FDA and the DEA are presented in the petitions. This information was included in order to compare the safety, effects and side-effects of medical marijuana with FDA approved prescription medications. All of the patients, caregivers, researchers, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association and it's president Michael Komorn fully agree that marijuana should be removed from the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana should continue to be studied as a treatment for every human and animal disease. Marijuana also should be submitted to the FDA for approval as a medicine. We fully support all clinical trials related to using marijuana as a treatment for any condition, disease or injury. As all of the scientific peer-reviewed published clinical trials show, marijuana is an effective medicine. The http://www.nih.gov website was heavily utilized throughout this project for locating scientific peer-reviewed published research, reports and information. The petitions are grouped by similar conditions, symptoms or mechanisms of treatment. Included in this post are some choice quotes from a few studies in each group of petitions. 001.-Anxiety.pdf 004.-depression.pdf 007.-Obsessive-compulsive-disorder.pdf 008.-panic-attacks.pdf 011.-Schizophrenia.pdf 012.-Social-Anxiety-Disorder.pdf Marijuana and Medicine Assessing the Science Base 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2014/04/10/anxiety-reduction-exploring-the-role-of-cannabinoid-receptors/ Medical Cannabis in Arizona: Patient Characteristics, Perceptions, and Impressions of Medical Cannabis Legalization. 014.-arthritis.pdf 023.-Rheumatoid-Arthritis.pdf Preliminary assessment of the efficacy, tolerability and safety of a cannabis-based medicine (Sativex) inthe treatment of pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis 025.-brain-injury.pdf 030.-Treatment-of-spinal-cord-injury.pdf 031.-asthma.pdf Effects of smoked marijuana in experimentally induced asthma. Effects of cannabis on lung function: a population-based cohort study Newspaper ad from 1876 selling marijuana cigarettes for treating asthma. You may laugh at a marijuana cigarette as a real medical treatment, but marijuana is a verified bronchodilator similar in strength to albuterol, the standard asthma medication. The medical efficacy of this specific brand of Asthma cigarettes were specifically exempted within the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs as created by the United Nations. This means these marijuana cigarettes were still able to be sold after each country banned marijuana. https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/bulletin/bulletin_1951-01-01_4_page002.html https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/bulletin/bulletin_1962-01-01_4_page005.html 036.-diabetes.pdf The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research (2017) The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among US Adults 044.-colitis.pdf 050.-gastric-ulcer.pdf 055.-Inflammatory-bowel-disease-IBD.pdf 064.-Ulcerative-colitis.pdf Marijuana Use Patterns Among Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program: Patient Experiences from the First Program Year by the MN Department of Health 2016. Cannabinoids and the Urinary Bladder Cannabinoids and gastrointestinal motility: Animal and human studies Medical cannabis – the Canadian perspective Impact of cannabis treatment on the quality of life, weight and clinical disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease patients: a pilot prospective study. 106.-organ-transplant.pdf https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4541500/ Medical Marijuana and Organ Transplantation: Drug of Abuse, or Medical Necessity? 107.-Non-severe-and-non-chronic-Pain.pdf https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3998228/ LARA statistics show the majority of the 250,000+ patients in the MMMA are using cannabis to treat chronic pain. As we know that the medical use of marijuana can treat “severe and chronic pain” already, it can and should be used to treat regular generic pain that is not severe and chronic. The reports and information from the Minnesota Department of Health on its medical marijuana program are very detailed and informative about patients experiences with medical marijuana. Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program: Patient Experiences from the First Program Year by the MN Department of Health 2016. http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/about/appendixa.pdf 108.-Parkinsons.pdf Other states already approve of medical marijuana for Parkinson's Disease. Including: Georgia, Vermont, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and California http://www.google.com/patents/US6630507 111.-Tourette's-Syndromequalifying.pdf Tourette’s Syndrome is an approved medical marijuana qualifying condition in Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. While the MMMA covers persistant and severe Muscle Spasms, Tourette's Syndrome sufferers may not have the severe symptoms that qualify. The 1999 Institute of Medicine report states that marijuana can be used to treat Tourettes Syndrome. 112.-MMRP-Autism-Petition-2qualifying.pdf Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program lists Autism as a qualifying condition. There are two clinical trials for Autism and cannabis in 2017: Cannabinoids for Behavioral Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Trial With Crossover. Cannabidivarin (CBDV) vs. Placebo in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) https://nccih.nih.gov/health/autism https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5473390/ Safety and Efficacy of Medical Cannabis Oil for Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia: An-Open Label, Add-On, Pilot Study. An Open Label Study of the Use of Dronabinol (Marinol) in the Management of Treatment-Resistant Self-Injurious Behavior in 10 Retarded Adolescent Patients https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4648553/ DOWNLOAD ALL PETITIONS ONLY (34MB) DOWNLOAD ALL PETITIONS AND SUPPORTING STUDIES HERE (1.7GB)
  3. Room with 12 patient's plants in it. I am their primary caregiver, with rights to their plants. Is said patient allowed to be with me in the room with only their 12 plants? Thanks.
  4. Planet Green Trees Radio episode 109 Thursday Aug. 30th 8-10pm Call in to just listen or to participate in the discussion at 347-326-9626 or listen on line www.planetgreentrees.com Joe White, who developed the presentation "The War On Drugs: 30 Years Of Failed Policy" and who will offer this presentation at the next Brighton Compassion Club meeting Sept. 9, will join us to discuss this and his other reform activities. Also Charmie Gholson, founder of MI Moms United, and LEAP representative Diane Goldstein retired Redondo Beach Lt., and trained SWAT officer, will discuss the militarization of the police and other issues. Hosted by attorney Michael Komorn and Chad from Birmingham Compassion. KomornLaw 18006563557 Www.Komornlaw.com Follow on twitter @KomornLawMi.
  5. Marijuana Could Benefit Weight Loss and Diabetes Patients Jul 09, 2012 Researchers have discovered that substances found in marijuana can help manage metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Scientists with GW Pharmaceuticals have discovered that marijuana leaves contain two substances, cannabidiol and THCV, which can increase the number of calories the body burns. Not only do these substances increase the number of calories burned, they also have been shown to contribute to the treatment of type 2 diabetes in test animals. Marijuana Could Benefit Weight Loss and Diabetes Patients Scientists are hoping that these two substances can be manipulated into pharmaceutical drugs which could be taken to combat obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, which in turn could help to limit the chances of heart attack and stroke among patients. Clinical trials are currently being run on 200 patients. According to Dr. Steph Wright, “We are interested in how these drugs effect the fat distribution and utilization in the body as a treatment for metabolic diseases.” Cannabidiol and THCV have been observed to suppress the appetite for short periods of time. They also increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin and protect the cells that make insulin. Additionally, these substances have been found to increase animals’ metabolisms, which led to a lower cholesterol level and a reduction of fat in the liver. Significant research still needs to take place, but the researchers at GW Pharmaceuticals are hopeful that their findings will lead to a new drug to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes, two of the fastest growing health epidemics in the United States. [Source] Trix
  6. Long Beach, CA Police Sued After Allegedly Using Excessive Force During MMJ Collective Crackdown Jul 05, 2012 In June, Long Beach, CA police raided THC Downtown Collective as a part of a city wide crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries. A complaint has now been filed by the collective’s employees, which claims that over $10,000 in damage was committed, as well as destruction of evidence by police and police brutality toward employees. Surveillance videos from the day of the raid show a police officer stepping on the back and neck of Dorian Brooks, a volunteer at the collective, as he was taken into custody after surrendering to police. In addition, police are seen destroying surveillance cameras with a metal pole. According to NBC Los Angeles, however, the video was being recorded at an off-site location, so police only destroyed the camera, not the video footage that had been recorded up to that point. A police spokesperson has announced that, “A thorough review into what occurred during that operation will be conducted once all of the facts have been collected.” The incident is being referred to as a “personnel matter.” The collective was not considered to be one of the 18 exempt collectives in Long Beach which have permits from the city and are technically allowed to operate. However, the collective was operating in compliance with state law. Below is footage of the raid and the aftermath left behind: LEO CAUGHT ON CAMERA DURING THC CLINC RAID!! Trix
  7. Medical Marijuana Patient Fired For Failing Drug Test May Have Found Loophole to Keep Job Jul 11, 2012 Sonny Meyers is a former DISH Network employee from Colorado. He was fired earlier this year for failing a drug test after using medical marijuana to help deal with the symptoms of ocular migraines, which can be debilitating. The 69 year old was hired by DISH Network 5 years ago to fill various roles with the company including sales and equipment verification., which is similar to a fraud investigation unit. Meyers received a doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana to treat his migraines in 2010. The medicine greatly relieved his symptoms and he continued to use it. According to Meyers, he checked the company’s employee handbook before starting to use the drug, and he saw nothing which prohibited employees from being registered medical marijuana patients or using medial marijuana. Meyers felt especially protected because medical marijuana is legal in Colorado and he is a registered user. Meyers added that he never used medical marijuana on the job. In May 2011, Meyers was given a random drug test and tested positive for THC. The company fired Meyers, citing that they follow federal law, not state law. His claim for unemployment was denied, and his argument to the Industrial Claims Appeals Office was denied, as he was found to be the cause of is dismissal. Meyers did not give up there. He filed an additional complaint with the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the jury noted that because medical marijuana use was not forbidden in DISH Network’s employee drug policy guide, he had no way to know that medical marijuana was not allowed. So far, a final ruling has not been made regarding Meyers’ case. But the outcome has the potential to have large repercussions for businesses in Colorado and other medical marijuana states. This case could set the precedent for how companies handle drug testing and firing when it comes to legal medical marijuana patients. Meyers hopes that by speaking out about the situation and having it told by the media that he will be able to shed light on the unfair treatment of medical marijuana patients throughout the country. http://news.nuggetry...le-to-keep-job/ Trix
  8. Officials in Oregon Are Giving A Small Medical Marijuana Edibles Company A Hard Time Not all medical marijuana patients want to necessarily smoke their marijuana. Edible marijuana products are favorable to many patients, and a healthier alternative from smoking. However, getting their hands on these edibles can sometimes be difficult. In Oregon, Richard Nuckols, the owner of a new non-profit company called MaryJane’s Treats wants to change all of this. He has just applied for a business license in Medford, OR, to start a company that wants to make medical marijuana edibles such as granola bars, fudge, all-natural candies, gummy bears, cookies and brownies. So far however, MaryJane’s Treats is not being treated with a warm welcome by the city of Medford. Commenting on the company’s application for a business license, which he is denying, Medford Police Chief Tim George said, "I think the real issue is this is a violation of federal law… Strike two is that it's a violation of Oregon medical marijuana laws." City Finance Director Allison Chan is also denying the application. Nuckols however, seems to have a very solid legal plan for his company. His idea is to have medical marijuana patients bring in their own marijuana to his new kitchen. He would then have their treat of choice cooked and delivered to various medical marijuana centers. Since he is not actually providing the medical marijuana to patients, Nuckols insists he is not in violation of Oregon’s medical marijuana laws. "If the patients bring you the medication and you turn it into concentrate, and give it back to them, that's OK…. We have not (nor do we have any intention to be) engaged in unlawful activity," he said. Our fingers are crossed for MaryJane’s Treats! http://bigbudsmag.com/news/article/officials-oregon-are-giving-small-medical-marijuana-edibles-company-hard-time-july-2012 Trix
  9. Veterans of the Marijuana War As part of an ongoing project to erect a national Marijuana War Memorial, we're seeking Veterans of the Marijuana War - whether well known or unknown - willing to share their own personal stories of serving on the front lines as growers, smugglers, dealers, activists, convicts, lawyers, politicians, smokers or medical patients. If you have a story that you would like to share with us, please send it to vmw@hightimes.com Also The MMMA would love to hear your story as well, Get in contact with a staff member on how we can get your story out to the public. Trix
  10. THE MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA ASSOCIATION http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.org Fighting For Patients’ and Caregivers’ Rights’ Since 2008 President Michael Komorn Interim Executive Director Chad Carr THE MMMA’S OPERATION WE DIDN’T VOTE FOR THIS June 6, 2012 Regarding: Walsh Bills (HB 4834, 4851, 4853, 4856), Dear Medical Cannabis Community, The above referenced bills were adopted by the House Judiciary Committee, and then passed by the House of Representatives by 75% vote with both Democrats and Republicans joining in support. They are now before the Senate, and await the same process before a final vote on the Senate floor. Operation We Didn't Vote For This: our objective is a full scale, grass roots, community response to this specific package of bills. It is aimed at reaching the House Democrats and Republicans that have overlooked the medical cannabis community, and for the Democrats and Republicans of the Senate who have the final vote to pass this bill. Before the Senate votes on this bill they need to hear the voice of this community's opposition in large numbers. Please join us in making a difference by contacting the Representatives and Senators listed below via phone, email, letter, and visiting them in person. Especially encouraged is a face-to-face meeting at every coffee hour scheduled by your Representative and Senator. Each one of them has the power to stop these bills from advancing. We have provided a form letter addressing the bills directly, but please feel free to write your own using the talking points provided. We would encourage those involved to forward the suggested letters as well as the responses and experiences they receive from their interactions. Please let your voice be heard by: Cutting and pasting the letter below (or your own) into an email, and then sending it to each of the email addresses listed below or printing the letter and mailing it via US mail. And most importantly call, call, call these government employees (see telephone numbers listed below) and explain to them why the bills are unacceptable. The bills that have advanced, intending to amend the MMMA, fail to address the real concerns of patients and caregivers, and not one of the medical cannabis organizations in Michigan has supported any of the bills. In light of People v. Koon, HB 4834 subjects every patient who drives to liability, and this is not acceptable. 140,000 patients were promised that their registry status would be kept private, and now four years into the program, we have learned that we have been lied to. Up to this point our community has lacked leverage in the process, and we have been subject to a political and judicial circus act. The ruling by the Supreme Court this past week, in People v. King and People v. Kolanek, expressly reaffirmed what many in our community have known all along: the unregistered patient is protected under section 8 of the MMMA. For the first time, a recognized right to be protected under the MMMA has been codified, giving patients the choice to not register, and still have a defense under the Act. It is without question that the premise of all the bills was based upon a faulty interpretation of the Act. It is now obvious that the passing of these bills failed to consider the unregistered patient protection, amongst other things, and the choice that now exists provides a chance for this community to act strategically. I am certain that the People who passed these bills never considered being asked the following question: "If you Mrs. Legislator were advising your loved one suffering from a debilitating condition and they chose to treat their condition with cannabis, would they be more protected if they registered or kept their medical information private?" I would like to believe that in what seems like an attempt to control the registry through law enforcement access, the most direct way to oppose this bill is the threat of the registry program being abandoned. Join me and the MMMA in letting the Legislature know that their failure to implement the voters' initiative as intended by the people of the state of Michigan, has caused our community to take pause and consider these options. They need to know we have legitimate legal options, and their behavior cannot be tolerated any more. Below is a list of talking point to utilize in your calls, conversations, letters, and meetings as you go forward and interact with the Legislature. Many would have bet against the medical marijuana community when 18 bills were introduced by a Republican-dominated Legislature in June of 2011, but to date, more than one year later, the MMMA of 2008 remains unchanged. This is due to the hard work of our grass roots lobby and its dedicated advocates like you. We are on our last lap, and need to finish strong. Please let your voice be heard, and let this government understand that they cannot get away with treating its citizens this way. *************************************************************************** I am writing today to let you know that the medical cannabis community still remains firmly opposed to the package of bills recently passed by the House and now waiting for review by the Senate Judiciary committee, HB 4834, 4851, 4853, and 4856. My position on the bills remains unchanged by amendments that were made from the House floor prior to passage. While you may have heard representatives comment before the House vote that the bills were supported by patient groups, no approval was asked for, nor granted. All of the patient groups still oppose the package, and in light of the recently published Supreme Court decisions in King and Kolanek, they are seen as unnecessary legislation. They do not bring clarity to the Act, but instead, reduce the protections that the voters intended when they voted 63% in favor of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. These bills will implement new technical violations for patients and their caregivers, and are clearly against the intent of the electorate. The Michigan Supreme Court has recently reaffirmed the rights of registered and unregistered medical marijuana patients and caregivers to a defense in court. In light of that decision a patient now has more privacy of their medical records than they would by registering in a database that is to be shared with law enforcement. Michigan’s Attorney General has shown a willingness since entering office to disregard the wishes of Michigan voters and make private medical information in the registry available to law enforcement despite the protections expressed in within the Act. When abuses of this new, invasive police power happen, we must have an organization in place to investigate, prosecute and punish any offenders. Participating in the medical marijuana registry program is intended to guarantee protection against arrest and prosecution. HB 4834 increases the risk of arrest by making private medical information available to law enforcement officers in a way that offers no remedy for inevitable abuses. Please vote NO on HB 4834, 4851, 4853, and 4856. The thought that not registering would afford me more protection than registering seems absurd, and yet, that is what will happen if these bills pass according to the rulings of the Michigan Supreme Court. I would have never given my private medical information to the state if I knew it would be shared with any non-medical part of the government, including law enforcement. *************************************************************************** THE MMMA’S OPERATION WE DIDN’T VOTE FOR THIS Talking points for conversations with the Legislature: Operation We Didn't Vote For This - Talking Points 1. The privacy protection in the Act, section 6 (h) cannot be reconciled with the HB 4834: 333.26426 Administration and enforcement of rules by department. 6. Administering the Department's Rules. (h) The following confidentiality rules shall apply: (2) The department shall maintain a confidential list of the persons to whom the department has issued registry identification cards. Individual names and other identifying information on the list is confidential and is exempt from disclosure under the freedom of information act, 1976 PA 442, MCL 15.231 to 15.246. (3) THE DEPARTMENT SHALL NOT ALLOW ANY PERSON ACCESS TO ANY INFORMATION ABOUT PATIENTS IN THE DEPARTMENT'S CONFIDENTIAL LIST OF PERSONS TO WHOM THE DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARDS OR FROM WHOM THE DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED AN APPLICATION OR TO INFORMATION OTHERWISE MAINTAINED BY THE DEPARTMENT CONCERNING PHYSICIANS WHO PROVIDE WRITTEN CERTIFICATION AND PRIMARY CAREGIVERS, EXCEPT FOR THE FOLLOWING: (A) AUTHORIZED EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OR OF A SUBCONTRACTOR UNDER SUBSECTION (J) IN THE COURSE OF THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES. (B) STATE OR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OR OFFICIALS, BUT ONLY IF EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING APPLIES: (i) THE OFFICER OR OFFICIAL PROVIDES A REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER, THE OFFICER OR OFFICIAL IS ACTING IN THE COURSE OF HIS OR HER OFFICIAL DUTIES, AND THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT ALLOW ACCESS TO MORE INFORMATION THAN IS REASONABLY NECESSARY TO VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD. (ii) THE OFFICER OR OFFICIAL PROVIDES A NAME AND A DATE OF BIRTH FOR AN INDIVIDUAL OR AN ADDRESS; THE OFFICER OR OFFICIAL HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE A VIOLATION OF LAW THAT INVOLVES THE POSSESSION, USE, TRANSFER, OR TRANSPORTATION OF MARIHUANA HAS OCCURRED; AND THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT ALLOW ACCESS TO MORE INFORMATION THAN IS REASONABLY NECESSARY TO VERIFY THAT THE INDIVIDUAL OR AN INDIVIDUAL AT THE SPECIFIED ADDRESS HAS A VALID REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ALLOW ACCESS TO INFORMATION UNDER THIS SUB-SUBPARAGRAPH THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION NETWORK. THIS SUB-SUBPARAGRAPH DOES NOT REQUIRE THE OFFICER OR OFFICIAL TO OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT TO OBTAIN ACCESS TO THE REGISTRY INFORMATION. (4) A person, including an employee, CONTRACTOR, or official of the department or another state agency or local unit of government, who discloses confidential information in violation of this act ACCESSES, USES, OR DISCLOSES NONPUBLIC INFORMATION GOVERNED UNDER THIS ACT FOR PERSONAL USE OR GAIN OR IN A MANNER THAT IS NOT AUTHORIZED BY LAW is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or a fine of not more than $1, 000.00, or both. Notwithstanding this provision, department employees may notify law enforcement about falsified or fraudulent information submitted to the department. The act provides protections and penalties for the release of confidential information, for the reason that abuses were anticipated. The Bill fails to provide for any real remedies to patients and caregivers if law enforcement violates the probable cause requirements set out in HB 4834. The Bill fails to protect the registry from overzealous or abusive law enforcement. The Bill fails to provide a mechanism to investigate these violations, and more importantly, a procedure for prosecuting them. We do not believe the Attorney General will fulfill his obligation on these matters. Before the Supreme Court ruled that the unregistered patient is a protected right under the Act, many did not believe that the law provided for it. Since the Supreme Court has ruled that unregistered patients are protected, each patient will have to consider whether they are safer by obtaining a doctor's certification and keeping their medical information private, or by registering in a database that is to be shared with law enforcement. One of the purported goals of these bills is to protect patients, yet there is not one patient group that supports them. The Legislature had the opportunity to clarify the law but instead created a serious concern for all patients and caregivers that ultimately could unravel the registry program, bringing more chaos to both the law enforcement and medical cannabis community. After 4 years not one penny of the 15 million dollars brought in by the registry program has been used to educate the law enforcement community about medical cannabis. Law enforcement still views medical cannabis as a public safety issue instead of a public health issue as the voters intended. Expanded law enforcement access to the registry without proper education of its officers creates an unreasonable expectation on law enforcement. In its public testimony at the House Judiciary Committee on the same bill, the Michigan State Police could not articulate a reason for expanded access to the registry. It seems that expanding law enforcement access to the registry will increase patient arrests rather than decreasing arrests as claimed, and as desired by 63% of Michigan voters. **************************************************************************** THE MMMA’S OPERATION WE DIDN’T VOTE FOR THIS The List Here is a partial list of the Senators These are the People that need to be convinced. SenHWalker@senate.michigan.gov; SenRRichardville@senate.michigan.gov; senrwarren@senate.michigan.gov; SenPColbeck@senate.michigan.gov; SenJProos@senate.michigan.gov; SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov; SenDRobertson@senate.michigan.gov; senmjansen@senate.michigan.gov; SenDHildenbrand@senate.michigan.gov; SenAMeekhof@senate.michigan.gov; senrkahn@senate.michigan.gov; senrjones@senate.michigan.gov; whubbard@senate.michigan.gov These are the People, the Representatives that need to be convinced. Here is the link http://www.housedems.com/ if you want to see the faces of the Government officials who will decide the future of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. State Representative Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Township) House Democratic Leader Office Address 167 Capitol Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-7557 Fax: (517) 373-5953 Toll-Free (888) 347-8048 Email richardhammel@house.mi.gov State Representative Kate Segal, 62nd House District. Office Address 141 Capitol Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0555 Fax: (517) 373-5761 Toll-Free (888) 347-8062 Email katesegal@house.mi.gov State Representative Woodrow Stanley, Michigan’s 34th House District. Office Address N798 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-8808 Fax: (517) 373-5997 Toll-Free (888) 966-3034 Email woodrowstanley@house.mi.gov State Representative Mark Meadows 69th House District Office Address S1088 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-1786 Fax: (517) 373-5717 Email markmeadows@house.mi.gov State Representative Steven Lindberg, 109th House District Office Address S1488 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0498 Fax: (517) 373-9366 Toll-Free (888) 429-1377 Email stevenlindberg@house.mi.gov State Representative Jeff Irwin 53rd House District Office Address S987 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-2577 Fax: (517) 373-5808 Email jeffirwin@house.mi.gov State Representative Jim Ananich 49th House District Office Address N898 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-7515 Fax: (517) 373-5817 Toll-Free (800) 354-6849 Email jimananich@house.mi.gov State Representative Vicki Barnett 37th House District Office Address S886 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-1793 Fax: (517) 373-8501 Toll-Free (888) 642-4037 Email vickibarnett@house.mi.gov State Representative Joan Bauer 68th House District Office Address S1087 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0826 Fax: (517) 373-5698 Email joanbauer@house.mi.gov State Representative Tim Bledsoe 1st House District Office Address S585 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0154 Fax: (517) 373-6094 Toll-Free (888) 254-5291 Email timbledsoe@house.mi.gov State Representative Lisa Brown 39th House District Office Address S888 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. 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Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0140 Fax: (517) 373-5924 Email paulclemente@house.mi.gov State Representative Bob Constan 16th House District Office Address N695 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0849 Fax: (517) 373-5967 Toll-Free (888) 345-8017 Email bobconstan@house.mi.gov State Representative George T. Darany 15th House District Office Address N694 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0847 Fax: (517) 373-7538 Toll-Free (855) 775-1515 Email georgetdarany@house.mi.gov State Rep. Brandon Dillon 75th House District Office Address N1094 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-2668 Fax: (517) 373-5696 Toll-Free (888) 750-3326 Email brandondillon@house.mi.gov State Representative Fred Durhal Jr. 6th House District Office Address S685 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0844 Fax: (517) 373-5711 Toll-Free (877) 877-9007 Email freddurhal@house.mi.gov State Representative Douglas A. Geiss 22nd House District Office Address S786 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0852 Fax: (517) 373-5934 Toll-Free (888) 737-4347 Email douglasgeiss@house.mi.gov State Representative Tim Greimel 29th House District Office Address N793 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0475 Fax: (517) 373-5061 Email timgreimel@house.mi.gov State Representative Harold L. Haugh 42nd House District Office Address N891 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0854 Fax: (517) 373-5911 Toll-Free (866) 994-2844 Email haroldhaugh@house.mi.gov State Representative Rudy Hobbs 35th House District Office Address N799 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. 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Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0845 Fax: (517) 373-5926 Toll-Free (866) 737-1313 Email andrewkandrevas@house.mi.gov State Representative Marilyn Lane 31st House District Office Address N795 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0159 Fax: (517) 373-5893 Toll-Free (877) 347-8031 Email marilynlane@house.mi.gov State Representative Richard LeBlanc 18th House District Office Address N697 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-2576 Fax: (517) 373-5962 Toll-Free (888) 737-5325 Email richardleblanc@house.mi.gov State Representative Steven Lindberg 109th House District Office Address S1488 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0498 Fax: (517) 373-9366 Toll-Free (888) 429-1377 Email stevenlindberg@house.mi.gov State Representative Ellen Cogen Lipton 27th House District Office Address N791 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0478 Fax: (517) 373-5884 Toll-Free (888) 347-8027 Email ellenlipton@house.mi.gov State Representative Lesia Liss 28th House District Office Address N792 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-2275 Fax: (517) 373-5910 Toll-Free (888) 547-7028 Email lesialiss@house.mi.gov State Representative Sean McCann 60th House District Office Address N994 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-1785 Fax: (517) 373-5762 Toll-Free (888) 833-6636 Email seanmccann@house.mi.gov State Representative David Nathan 11th House District Office Address N690 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-3815 Fax: (517) 373-5986 Toll-Free (888) 697-3711 Email davidnathan@house.mi.gov State Representative Stacy Erwin Oakes 95th House District Office Address N1199 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0152 Fax: (517) 373-8738 Toll-Free (855) 347-8095 Email stacyerwinoakes@house.mi.gov State Representative John Olumba 5th House District Office Address S589 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0144 Fax: (517) 373-8929 Toll-Free (855) 564-4673 Email johnolumba@house.mi.gov State Representative David Rutledge 54th House District Office Address S988 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-1771 Fax: (517) 373-5797 Toll-Free 855-DIST054 (855-347-8054) Email davidrutledge@house.mi.gov State Representative Harvey Santana 10th House District Office Address S689 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-6990 Fax: (517) 373-5985 Toll-Free (855) 347-8010 Email harveysantana@house.mi.gov State Representative Roy Schmidt 76th House District Office Address N1095 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0822 Fax: (517) 373-5276 Toll-Free (877) 976-4769 Email royschmidt@house.mi.gov State Representative Thomas Stallworth 8th House District Office Address S687 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-2276 Fax: (517) 373-7186 Toll-Free (888) 347-8008 Email thomasstallworth@house.mi.gov State Representative Dian Slavens 21st House District Office Address S785 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-2575 Fax: (517) 373-5939 Toll-Free (888) 347-8021 Email dianslavens@house.mi.gov State Representative Charles Smiley 50th House District Office Address N899 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-3906 Fax: (517) 373-5812 Toll-Free (855) 276-4539 Email charlessmiley@house.mi.gov State Rep. Maureen L. Stapleton 4th House District Office Address S588 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-1008 Fax: (517) 373-5995 Toll-Free (855) 782-7304 Email maureenstapleton@house.mi.gov State Representative Jon M. Switalski 25th House District Office Address S789 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-1772 Fax: (517) 373-5906 Toll-Free (877) 566-7025 Email jonswitalski@house.mi.gov State Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi 3rd House District Office Address S587 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-1776 Fax: (517) 373-8502 Toll-Free (855) 347-8003 Email albertatalabi@house.mi.gov State Representative Rashida H. Tlaib 12th House District Office Address N691 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0823 Fax: (517) 373-5993 Toll-Free (877) 852-4212 Email rashidatlaib@house.mi.gov State Representative Jim Townsend 26th House District Office Address N790 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-3818 Fax: (517) 373-5888 Toll-Free (866) 585-2471 Email jimtownsend@house.mi.gov State Representative Jimmy Womack 7th House District Office Address S686 House Office Building Mailing Address P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 Phone: (517) 373-0589 Fax: (517) 373-6404 Toll-Free (888) 596-6225 Email jimmywomack@house.mi.gov
  11. Poll: 74 Percent of Americans, Including 67 Percent of Republicans, Want Obama to Respect State Marijuana Laws http://www.kushmagazine.com/news/2893-poll-74-percent-of-americans-including-67-percent-of-republicans-want-obama-to-respect-state-marijuana-laws by Zach Rosenberg 0 Comments and 0 Reactions A poll carried out by independent polling firm Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc., on behalf of The Marijuana Policy Project, has found that an overwhelming 74% of Americans would like President Obama to respect the medical marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana. The poll's results are important for many reasons, but drive home the message that marijuana on a state level is indeed an issue of significance, unless you're Mitt Romney. But Romney might want to listen up: Mason-Dixon Polling & Research found that within the 74% of pro-pot Americans, 67% of Republicans polled showed support for marijuana as well. These numbers bolster the previous Gallup Poll's findings for Americans in favor of legalization. But while Gallup asked pollsters if they "think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not," Mason-Dixon focused on President Obama's now-confirmed unpopular war on marijuana. The poll was conducted from May 10 to May 14, 2012, and consisted of interviews with 1,000 "likely general election voters...nationwide." The full question was as follows: QUESTION: Currently, 16 states plus the District of Columbia have made the medical use of marijuana legal. In some of these states, individuals have been authorized to cultivate and sell medical marijuana under tightly regulated conditions. However, medical marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, even in states that have passed laws or ballot measures that allow it for medical treatment. Do you feel President Obama should: (ORDER ROTATED) - Respect the medical marijuana laws in these states, or - Use federal resources to arrest and prosecute individuals who are acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws? "These results are consistent with the clear and growing body of evidence that documents substantial voter support for the legalization of medical marijuana," Larry Harris, a principal with Mason-Dixon Polling & Research told The Marijuana Policy Project. The results speak for themselves; a large majority preferred that President Obama lay off of states where marijuana is legal: Of the 1,000 polled, "Respect State Laws" was favored by 75% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans, and 79% of Independent/Unaffiliated voters. Men and women split almost evenly. Of the 1,000 polled, 48% were male, 52% were female. 74 percent of men and 73% of women voted for Obama to respect state laws. Votes were cast for "Respect State Laws" in similar majority across age ranges as well, winning over 81% of 18-34 year olds, 76% of 35-49 year olds, 76% of 50-64 year olds, and 64% in the 65+ crowd. All racial groups - White, Black, and Hispanic - voted in favor of "Respect State Laws" in excess of 73%. An unrelated New Hampshire poll whose results were released today, coincidentally, reported that "65% of voters support legalizing medical marijuana to 24% opposed. That includes more than 70% of Democrats and independents and even a plurality of GOP voters (46/43)." In short, the country wants President Obama to lay off of marijuana. You can see Mason-Dixon's results in PDF format here (Marijuana Policy Project).
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