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  1. This really sets the stage for super grows... The State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released an advisory bulletin today to inform and advise prospective medical marihuana licensees regarding stacking of medical marihuana class C grower licenses. The bulletin is for advisory purposes only and is subject to change. It is the intent of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation to allow a potential licensee to apply for – and be granted – multiple (“stacked”) class C grow licenses in a single location. Each class C license authorizes the grower to grow up to 1,500 marihuana plants. Stacked licenses must be issued to the same applicant/licensee and each license will be subject to an additional application and regulatory assessment. While a stacked licensee will need to identify and track all information in the statewide monitoring system under the appropriate license, the licensee will not be required to operate each license in a separate, distinct working area. A licensee with stacked licenses must be in compliance with all applicable local ordinances and zoning regulations. This bulletin does not constitute legal advice and is subject to change. It is intended to be advisory only, in anticipation of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ promulgation of emergency rules consistent with statutory requirements. Potential licensees are encouraged to seek legal counsel to ensure their licensure applications and operations comply with the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act and associated administrative rules.
  2. I just picked a jury in a marihuana case, there were several perspective jurors who were excused, who will not sit on our jury because of the answers they gave during the jury voi dire. This is not the first time this has happened. If you believe in medical cannabis, and or that Marijuana should be legal and you find yourself on a jury in a marihuana case here are some things to remember: 1. During the Jury Selection, you will be asked if you can put your personal or philosophical feelings aside, and be fair to both the prosecutor and the defense. 2. During the Jury Selection, you will be asked if despite your beliefs you will follow the law as it is given to you, and apply the facts to the law when you deliberate. 3. These are common question asked during the jury selection also known as voi dire, with the overall goal of the process to select persons who will put aside there personal beliefs, as the Judge will direct , and render a just verdict. 4. The same questions are asked to prospective Jurors, who have family members or relatives who are police officers, ie Madam juror despite being married to the Chief of police for 25 years and despite the fact that your husband is a police officer, will you be able to put that fact aside and be fair to the defendant in this case. 5. 10 out of 10 times the answer of the Police Chief's wife will be yes. I can follow the law, and will follow the instructions that the Court gives me. Please note that the Police Chiefs wife’s answer allows her to stay on the jury. Unfortunately as we saw today, from the many prospective jurors who were asked if they could be fair in our case involving marihuana, the answer " no, I could not be fair because I could never convict someone of a marihuana charge" had them removed for “cause”, and they did not even have a chance to sit and judge the case. Or said another way the ideal person who should be on our jury will not be. As they were excused from the jury box, and exited the court room, I could not help but think to myself, that I bet they really could be fair in this case, that they really could follow the law as the Court instructed them, that they could apply the law to the facts of the case, and also put aside whatever beliefs they had about marihuana to render a just verdict. We all have biases, beliefs and preconceived ideas of the world, anyone who participates in the jury process is asked to put those feelings aside, and listen to the specific facts of the specific case, which will not come until after the jury has been selected. Those who are against marijuana prohibition should be more open minded and objective in their answers, just as any other perspective juror would be. Unfortunately the answer "I could never convict a person for marihuana because it should be legal" actually has a serious and negative effect on the fairness of the trial. " If the wife of the Police Chief can sit on the jury, and put aside the stories she has heard at dinner every night for her entire marriage, then so can those who oppose marihuana prohibition. If she can follow the law, be fair and render a fair verdict, then so can those who oppose marihuana prohibition. The distinction here is in the semantics and the desire to render a just verdict by participating in the jury trial process. The issue is not what you believe but weather you can be fair. Being fair means listening to the evidence and rendering a just verdict. So to all of you, who believe in ending marihuana prohibition, remember there is a time and place for that discussion, and it is not during a jury selection. Despite your convictions, remember being on a jury is the quintessential American experience, embrace it, be one with it, put your beliefs of the world aside, and tell the court you can be fair. Your roll in all this chaos will be better served having you sit and be that juror who can render justice. Michael A. Komorn Attorney and Counselor Law Office of Michael A. Komorn 3000 Town Center, Suite, 1800 Southfield, MI 48075 800-656-3557 (Toll Free) 248-351-2200 (Office) 248-357-2550 (Phone) (855) 456-6676: (Fax) Email: michael@komornlaw.com Website: www.komornlaw.com Check out our Radio show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/planetgreentrees CALL IN NUMBER: (347) 326-9626 Live Every Thursday 8-10:00p.m.
  3. Any thoughts or predictions on this (Gambling is illegal at Bushwood and Sir, I never slice). 1. Who wins this one? A. Science 2. If rescheduling to what number? A. 2 (should be a 4) 3. If rescheduling occurs is this good or bad for the Michigan Patient Community? A. Good, in short term, uncertainty after that. http://www.enewspf.c...y-20-years.html Audiotape of yesterday's teleconference briefing with researchers, legal counsel and lawsuit plaintiff now available WASHINGTON--(ENEWSPF)--October 5 - For the first time in nearly 20 years, a United States Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the federal government's classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medicinal value: Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration. This historic case will force a federal court to finally review the scientific evidence regarding the therapeutic efficacy of marijuana. During a press briefing Thursday, plaintiffs in the case, along with leading medical researchers and clinicians, spoke about the necessity of the federal government recognizing current scientific data supporting marijuana rescheduling. Marijuana is currently classified in the same category as heroin despite calls from scientists, medical professionals, and policy makers to reschedule marijuana for medical use. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear opening arguments on the case the morning of October 16, 2012. "Medical marijuana patients are finally getting their day in court," said Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), who will be arguing the case before the D.C. Circuit. "What's at stake in this case is nothing less than our country's scientific integrity and the imminent needs of millions of patients." On the call, Dr. Donald Abrams, Director of Clinical Programs at San Francisco General Hospital, described the effectiveness of medical marijuana in the treatment regimens of cancer and HIV/AIDS patients. "In my practice every day as a cancer specialist I see patients who have loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting from their chemotherapy, pain on and off of opiates, anxiety, depression, and insomnia," conditions which Dr. Abrams said can be alleviated by medical marijuana. Dr. Igor Grant, Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, and director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, stated that multiple California state-supported studies have resulted in "very good evidence" that medical marijuana "is effective in treating muscle spasticity," which is often experienced by patients with Multiple sclerosis and other painful disorders. He added that it is critical to separate out patients' legitimate medical needs from other issues surrounding marijuana's distribution and usage. Dr. Grant recently published a study in Open Neurology Journal concluding that marijuana's current classification is "untenable." Plaintiff Michael Krawitz, a Gulf War veteran and medical marijuana patient, conveyed his struggle in managing his combat-related pain without relinquishing federally-mandated VA benefits under marijuana's current classification. Without access to medical marijuana, he stated he is in danger of destabilizing his overall health condition, a situation Krawitz has faced multiple times due to federal policy. Steph Sherer, ASA’s Executive Director, ended the call by noting that the rescheduling case coincides with the organization's 10th anniversary of its founding, which will be marked by an event the night of October 16th honoring individuals, including numerous elected officials, who have led the fight for patient access. "The time has come to address medical marijuana as a public health issue and for the federal government to prioritize science over politics," Sherer said. Further information: Audio recording of Thursday's teleconference briefing on the rescheduling case: http://snd.sc/OHKSoR Details of ASA's 10th anniversary dinner on October 16th: http://AmericansForS...rg/oct16-dinner Michael A. Komorn Attorney and Counselor Law Office of Michael A. Komorn 3000 Town Center, Suite, 1800 Southfield, MI 48075 800-656-3557 (Toll Free) 248-351-2200 (Office) 248-357-2550 (Phone) 248-351-2211 (Fax) Email: michael@komornlaw.com Website: www.komornlaw.com Check out our Radio show: http://www.blogtalkr...lanetgreentrees CALL IN NUMBER: (347) 326-9626 Live Every Thursday 8-10:00p.m. PLANET GREENTREES w/ Attorney Michael Komorn The most relevant radio talk show for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Community. PERIOD.
  4. Study: Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoid “Proven To Be Safe” In Humans http://blog.norml.org/2012/09/05/study-non-psychotropic-cannabinoid-proven-to-be-safe-in-humans/ Study: Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoid “Proven To Be Safe” In Humans by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 5, 2012 http://blog.norml.org/2012/09/05/study-non-psychotropic-cannabinoid-proven-to-be-safe-in-humans/ The oral administration of the non-psychotropic cannabis plant constituent cannabidiol (CBD) is safe and well tolerated in humans, according to clinical trial data published online by the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design. Investigators at Kings College in London assessed the physiological and behavioral effects of CBD and THC versus placebo in 16 healthy volunteers in a randomized, double-blind, crossover trial. Investigators reported that the oral administration of 10 mg of THC was associated with various physiological and behavioral effects – such as increased heart rate and sedation – whereas the oral administration of 600 mg of CBD was not. They concluded, “There were no differences between CBD and placebo on any symptomatic, physiological variable. … In healthy volunteers, THC has marked acute behavioral and physiological effects, whereas CBD has proven to be safe and well tolerated.” A previous review of the use of CBD in human subjects, published in the scientific journal Current Drug Safety last year, similarly concluded that the compound was safe, non-toxic, and well tolerated. Separate investigations of CBD have documented the cannabinoid to possess a variety of therapeutic properties, including anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, anti-cancer, and bone-stimulating properties. In recent years, patients in states that allow for the use of cannabis therapy, particularly California, have expressed an interest in plant strains that contain uniquely high percentages of the compound. Cannabidiol, because it is an organic component of cannabis, is presently classified under federal law as a schedule I prohibited substance. Such substances are required by law to possess “a high potential for abuse,” “a lack of accepted safety … under medical supervision,” and “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” Full text of the study, “Acute effects of a single, oral dose of d9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) administration in healthy volunteers” appears online in Current Pharmaceutical Design.
  5. Ryan says medical cannabis should be left to the states but his prior vote on this issue says otherwise. Attached is the rohrabacher-hinchey-mcclintock-farr amendment to h.r. 5326 that would have left medical marijuana to the states and was voted on back in May. Here is the roll call vote( Rep. Dan Benishek(MI-1) DID vote yes): http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll238.xml You will notice that Mr Ryan of WI voted against it wholeheartedly. Ryan spoke with his vote that medical marijuana should NOT be left to the states. Paul Ryan says states have the right to legalize medical marijuana (and the issue would not be a priority for a Mitt Romney administration) http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/dd60867df8b54ffe81cb361a2be49b46/CO--Ryan-Medical-Marijuana
  6. 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.
  7. Study Shows Correlation between Medical Marijuana Laws and Lower Traffic Deaths http://www.jdjournal.com/2012/05/08/study-shows-correlation-between-medical-marijuana-laws-and-lower-traffic-deaths/ Study Shows Correlation between Medical Marijuana Laws and Lower Traffic Deaths According to a study released late in 2011, laws for medical-marijuana reduce traffic deaths. The study is titled ‘Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption.” It was written by D. Mark Anderson and Daniel I. Rees from the Institute for the Study of Labor. One reason for this might be the fact that those living in states where there are medical marijuana laws in place might substitute marijuana for alcohol, which has a deadlier effect when it is combined with driving. Since 1996, the District of Columbia and 15 other states have passed medical marijuana laws. Researchers working on the new study paged through data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration prior to and after these laws were passed by the government. Those working on the study found close to a 9 percent decrease in overall traffic deaths. The researchers also took into account the trends in nearby states. The decline in the amount of traffic deaths could be contributed to a drop in traffic deaths related to alcohol use. The researchers also found that in the states that have legalized medical marijuana, people over the age of 18 have increased their consumption outside of prescription uses. The researchers also looked at data from the Centers of Disease Control and from the individual states. That data showed the researchers that the states have also seen a minor decrease in the consumption of alcohol. The researchers claim that when taken together, the data shows that marijuana is now being used to partially replace drinking, not as a supplement to it. Researchers said that those who are high are more likely to be aware of their inebriation, making them less likely to be aggressive and reckless, unlike being drunk. Researchers also suggest that another reason for the drop in traffic deaths could be that people who use marijuana tend to do so in private instead of at a bar or a sporting event like those who consume alcohol.
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