Wild Bill Posted June 10, 2010 Report Share Posted June 10, 2010 This is taken from the Woodward Talk newspaper. The full story can be seen here:Ferndale officials disagree on medical pot policy Voters in Ferndale have supported the decriminalization of medical marijuana by a strong majority on three separate occasions. In November 2005, 60 percent of voters approved a proposal to allow medical marijuana use within city limits. Then, three years later, 80 percent of voters expressed support for the state law legalizing the drug, while 77 percent also approved a local proposal to allow the National Organization for Positive Medicine to distribute medical marijuana in Ferndale with a court order. However, city officials hold a variety of different opinions on the issue. Mayor Craig Covey has spoken out publicly on many occasions against regulating the use of medical marijuana in Ferndale. During his State of the City address on May 13, he sharply criticized other Oakland County cities that have attempted to ban the drug, calling their methods “reactionary policies based on fear.” Recently, Covey reiterated his previous statement. “I think the way some cities responded to this new law was wildly overblown,” he said. “I’d rather see this regulated at the state level. … There are (14) states that have decriminalized the use of medical marijuana, some of which are much more conservative than Michigan. Marijuana has also been around for many years, and I think people have started to realize that it is far less dangerous than a lot of drugs that are perfectly legal.” But Police Chief Mike Kitchen, like many law enforcement officials, believes that the use of medical marijuana could spell disaster for Michigan cities. He noted that the City Council previously rejected his recommendation to adopt an ordinance similar to that of Livonia, which bans the use of any drug that violates city, state or federal law. “We at the Police Department are not in sync with what the council wants,” Kitchen admitted. “You can’t just do nothing, and even if you adopt a zoning ordinance, in some ways you are condoning the violation of federal law. It’s quite a conundrum. … All we can do is use existing laws to enforce this and keep compliance as close to the spirit of the (state) law as we can.” Kitchen believes that based on issues he said other states have faced, medical marijuana facilities will lead to major problems, despite the best efforts of police. He pointed out that if harvested four times a year, the 60 marijuana plants that each caregiver is permitted to grow under state law could yield as much as $1.8 million in annual profits. “And the bulk of that product is not going to the patients — it’s going right out the back door,” he said. “This is really not about medicine; this is about money. This law is going to degrade the quality of life in this region because it will ultimately lead to violence. Bad guys want this drug, and they react violently when they can’t get it.” The only people that I've seen react violently are the police. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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