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EDITORIAL: The Oakland Press

 

State needs to clarify medical marijuana law

 

Published: Wednesday, December 29, 2010

 

 

The medical marijuana issue hasn’t changed much in the past year.

 

In fact, not much has changed in the past two years, since voters approved the law in November 2008 and it went into effect in January 2009.

 

It remains a convoluted, vague and confusing regulation that has stirred strong debate and created legal conflicts pitting supporters of the legislation against law enforcement officers and local community officials.

 

Clearly, while solving Michigan’s structural deficit and making the state more business friendly to revive the sagging economy are the top priorities of the new Legislature, high on the to-do list should be fixing the medical marijuana law.

 

Trying to figure out how to regulate the substance has been a constant problem.

 

Under the law, Michigan’s more than 45,000 licensed medical marijuana patients can possess up to 2½ ounces of usable marijuana and have up to 12 plants kept in an enclosed, locked facility — or have a registered caregiver grow the drug for them.

 

However, some police agencies want a better system to verify the authenticity of authorization cards. Physicians must certify patients would benefit from the pain-reducing aspects of marijuana, but it’s left to the patients to register with the state and to self-regulate the amount and quality of the drug they take.

 

Advocates say nothing in the law prohibits dispensaries and collective growing facilities, and that communities are ignoring the will of Michigan voters by cracking down on those businesses.

 

However, many Michigan communities have said state law isn’t clear or is largely silent on how the drug can be grown and distributed by anyone other than patients or caregivers, or how plants and seeds can be bought in the first place. Marijuana, after all, remains a federally banned substance.

 

Oakland County narcotics agents raided two medical marijuana dispensaries this summer after they sold the drug to deputies carrying phony state ID cards. Continued...

 

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Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union has sued Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills in Oakland County and Livonia and Wyoming in the metro area over their efforts to restrict or ban marijuana sales. Generally, local governments counter that they are trying to make sure illegal drug dealing and other crimes don’t take place in the absence of a clear state law.

 

Local officials are wise to closely examine how the drug is sold to prevent or at least limit its illegal use. It’s easy to tug at a voter’s heartstrings and say that marijuana will help ease the pain of those suffering from terminal illnesses. We hope it does. But there are also other drugs that help reduce pain and those are highly regulated.

 

Considering what could happen if the drug falls into the wrong hands, the stricter the regulations on its distribution, the better.

 

That’s why the Legislature, as busy as it will be in 2011, must clarify this law to halt the expensive lawsuits and law enforcement costs that have been mounting since the law went into effect.

 

Because of the ballot issue, it appears we’re going to have to live with some type of medical marijuana distribution and use.

 

So, maybe taxing it and putting the revenue toward Medicaid, Medicare or schools is in order.

 

As the old saying goes, when you get lemons, try making lemonade. But first, straighten out the recipe with clearer laws.

 

Good Morning

 

Every miracle drug has its dangerous side effects — some of them man-made

 

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This article was in this morning's paper.

 

Sure seems like they are intent on destroying our law and the will of the voters!

 

 

 

Mizerman

 

p.s. I guess I should just be happy they didn't use the word "pot"

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it's kinda crazy how the authors skewed beliefs come across in the writing. what is the author afraid of?

i mean really, their beliefs are non-justified and pathetically sad.

open thy mind SON!

 

it's typical rhetoric but unfortunately, it's been published and now will be read by at least a thousand people...some of whom will also be slightly skewed now even if just on some small sub conscious level...

it makes me sad......

i just wish folks would wake up....who cares? truth is why do they even worry about what we do in the privacy of our own sanctums? its my rite to do as i choose..... go bother your own children and leave the rest of us alone!

use or don't use MM i could care less, but i choose to and if you don't like it then flower off!

 

 

:sword:

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EDITORIAL: The Joakland dePresser

Here's your Link, MM

 

http://www.theoaklan...iewmode=default

 

...only 2 comments so far Dr Leo and some jerk says we're, "intellectual cripples" ....

 

http://www.theoaklan...ewmode=comments

 

pathetic article wishy - washy, bs, propaganda. by the JoakLand Press

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Here's your Link, MM

 

http://www.theoaklan...iewmode=default

 

...only 2 comments so far Dr Leo and some jerk says we're, "intellectual cripples" ....

 

http://www.theoaklan...ewmode=comments

 

pathetic article wishy - washy, bs, propaganda. by the JoakLand Press

Thanks for posting the link. I haven't quite figured out how to do that yet.

 

Happy New Year to you and yours as well,

 

 

 

Mizerman

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right on mizer. pretty easy to tell what oak press angle on this is. pretty much another sorry attempt to scare the public against us. the law is vague for a reason. i did not read one valid reason why it needs to be changed. so i dont understand how the lae being vague is news.

 

"considering whay could happen if the drug falls into the wrong hands, ..."

 

i'd love to read some elaboration on that statement. probably the worst would be a nap or an empty bag of doritos. what happens when alcohol ends up in the wrong hands? why dont you ask good ole brooksy that one oakland press?

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Mr Adler, the editor at Oakland Press read and said he would publish an op ed I wrote two days ago, http://reliefchoices.com/medical-marijuana-haziness-or-normalcy-bias

 

"His" untitled editorial reads much like mine but the exact opposite message. Fortunately the Oakland Press is read by so few, wonder why?

That's a great article.

 

Did Adler publish it?

 

 

Mizerman

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That's a great article.

 

Did Adler publish it?

 

 

Mizerman

 

 

No, he read it, asked for a revision and rewrote 50% of it. I said absolutely not and said the editorial stands on its own, thanked him for his consideration and requested he share with the staff at Oakland Press as the message was in part catered to them. He then said he would publish in its entirety, now this very similiar, untitled editorial is published today.

 

When the Oakland Press gives you lemons, throw them away.

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No, he read it, asked for a revision and rewrote 50% of it. I said absolutely not and said the editorial stands on its own, thanked him for his consideration and requested he share with the staff at Oakland Press as the message was in part catered to them. He then said he would publish in its entirety, now this very similiar, untitled editorial is published today.

 

When the Oakland Press gives you lemons, throw them away.

They have twisted words in articles I agreed to be interviewed for - never again.

 

Adler is a tool of the Three Stooges

 

 

Mizerman

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