greenbuddha Posted January 14, 2011 Report Share Posted January 14, 2011 OAKLAND COUNTY RAIDS MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMPLEX, SEIZES $20,000 by Bill Laitner, Free Press Staff Writer, (Source:Detroit Free Press) writeNewsItems();Regional NewsUS MI: City Examines Medical Marijuana Regulations US MI: Oakland County Raids Medical Marijuana Complex, Seizes $20,000 US MI: Challenge to Michigan's Medical-Marijuana Law Raises Privacy Concerns US MI: Township to Host Joint Meeting US MI: Gaines Township Narrowly Approves New Rules for Medical Marijuana US MI: Rochester Hills Extends Moratorium on Medical Marijuana US MI: Adrian Township Imposes Medical Marijuana Facility Moratorium US MI: Hearing Delayed on Medical-Marijuana Case After Compassion Clubs Objects US MI: Editorial: State Needs to Clarify Medical Marijuana Law US MI: Council to Consider Ordinance to Put a Six-Month Moratorium on Medical M More News Select a State See Map Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia FEDERAL Florida Georgia Guam Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virgin Islands Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Check State Laws 13 Jan 2011 Share This Article Michigan ------- Oakland County authorities raided the Oak Park headquarters and retail complex of medical marijuana entrepreneur and advocate Rick Ferris, 46, of Berkley but made no arrests "because none of us were breaking the law," Ferris' spokesman Rick Thompson said. "It seemed more like intimidation than anything else," Thompson said after the raid Wednesday. About eight sheriff's deputies presented a search warrant as they burst into the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine office, the adjoining registered nonprofit Big Daddy's Compassion Club and the Big Daddy's Hydro shop that sells equipment for indoor plant cultivation, he said. The raid cemented the Oakland County Sheriff's Office as hard-liners in the statewide debate about whether medical marijuana patients and establishments have abused the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. Oakland deputies raided establishments in Ferndale and Waterford last year, making dozens of arrests. Oakland County authorities could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. In Wednesday's raid, officers wore bulletproof vests, and one wore a mask, said attorney Jim Rasor, who represents Big Daddy's Enterprises. But they took nothing except about $20,000 in cash, gathered from receipts, the offices and wallets of about 10 employees and patients, he said. The sheriff gets 80% of the money seized, under state drug forfeiture laws that give the rest to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, said Rasor, who also is an elected Royal Oak city commissioner. "I know, as a public official, that the public sector is running out of money. But it's just plain wrong to finance your operation on the backs of people who are ill (or) providing a safe alternative to obtaining medical marijuana on the street," Rasor said. MAP posted-by: Richard Lake Share This Article Pubdate: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 Source: Detroit Free Press (MI) Copyright: 2011 Detroit Free Press Contact: http://www.freep.com/article/99999999/opinion04/50926009 Website: http://www.freep.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/125 Author: Bill Laitner, Free Press Staff Writer Cited: Sheriff http://www.oakgov.com/sheriff/ Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/topic/Oakland+County+sheriff Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/find?275 (Cannabis - Michigan) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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