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Traverse City Planning Commission Decides Against Patient-To-Patient Medical Marijuana Ban

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Traverse City Planning Commission Decides Against Patient-To-Patient Medical Marijuana Ban

Posted: 1/7/2011




Traverse City is still refining its medical marijuana ordinance, but not everyone was happy with one proposed change.


The Planning Commission looked at making it illegal for patients to sell the plant to each other, but many medical marijuana supporters were very against this idea and very vocal about it.


The Planning Commission won't be recommending the change to the City Commission.


Medical marijuana supporters said it's expensive to grow the plant, so growers deserve to be paid.


They also worried the proposed change would close down collectives.


The purpose of collectives is to provide patients and caregivers a safe place to transfer the plant.


Medical marijuana supporters said without these collectives, patients won't have that safe place to swap the plant.


"These people are sick and they’re in need of medicine and they should be able to get it in a setting that is more like a pharmacy and less like a back alley," said Joseph Sarafa, General Manager for Crema After Hours Collective.


Collectives said that when patients sell to each other, it's a way to share information about different kinds of marijuana plants.


"Which strain works for cerebral palsy, which one works for Chron's," said Jay Roush, a board member for the Grand Traverse Compassionate Connection.


Jennifer Profitt and Photojournalist Drew Parfitt have the story.




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