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ABC CH 12 NEWS- FINALLY A POSITIVE MEDICAL MARIHUANA STORY

 

http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/local&id=7987598

http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/video?id=7988479

 

 

By:Kristen Abraham

 

MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -- (03/01/11) -- More than two years ago, Michigan voters legalized medical marihuana to help those who suffer from cancer and other types of immune deficiencies.

Since then, though, controversy surrounding the law has been at the forefront. Some in the legal community consider the law to be unclear and vague, while others say it's protecting those who need it most.

How you view it depends on which side you're on. If you're a prosecuting attorney, the law has its flaws and it needs to be amended. If you're a defense attorney, the law's broad nature was its intent.

For those who use it to ease their pain, it's a life saver.

Amanda McConnaughhay of Argentine Township celebrated her 22nd birthday this past Sunday, a milestone her mother Diane wasn't sure she would reach.

"U of M hospital says they couldn't do anything for her. She was on hospice, then she started losing the weight. She got down to 51 pounds at 21," Diane McConnaughhay said.

Amanda was diagnosed with Retts Syndrome, a rare developmental disorder, when she was 3. To control Amanda's seizures, her doctor prescribed prescription drug after prescription drug, but nothing appeared to work - that is, until her mother saw a health report on ABC12 News to try medical marihuana as a last ditch effort to save her daughter's life.

"She had edible cookie. Within 45 minutes, she had appetite back. She's been eating since. Her daytime seizures quit, seizure-free for nine months," McConnaughhay said.

Since then, Amanda is more alert, relaxed, and has even gone back to school. Her weight has improved, too. She now weighs 95 pounds.

"I never thought it would help, but here we are. This is the only thing that works," said McConnaughhay.

Amanda's positive response has prompted Diane to become a licensed caregiver and to grow her own medical marihuana, with the help of the Genesee County Compassion Club. The medicinal buds will be used in Amanda's favorite treats like cookies, brownies and suckers. "It's medicine. It's her medicine. It's helping her," McConnaughhay said.

Under Michigan's medical marihuana act, a licensed caregiver like McConnaughhay can treat five patients. Each patient is allowed to possess 2.5 usable ounces of cannabis and 12 plants awaiting harvest.

While the law appears to be straightforward, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says after two and half years on the books, it's still vague. "There are so many areas where it's unclear. For example, it's unclear if a caregiver can provide medical marihuana to a patient. One section of act says yes, another says no," Leyton said.

"The act says marihuana is allowed for those who have a chronic illness, but section one of the public health code still says marihuana is dangerous, illegal drug."

Leyton says since Michigan voted to legalize medical marihuana in 2008, only one case has gone to trial in Genesee County - a case he lost. "The judge ruled in that case because the police did not separate out stems and seeds before weighing it. The jury would have to speculate on whether the usable amount weighed more than 2.5 ounces. We thought it did because it weighed like 50 pounds, but he ruled otherwise."

But it was a victory for Oakland County Defense Attorney Michael Komorn, who says the law protects who it's suppose to.

"Persons who have the card and 2.5 ounces of usable medical marihuana or growing 12 plants, they are protected without any penalty," Komorn said.

Komorn is on the board of directors for the Michigan Medical Marihuana Association, and says he's frustrated with law enforcement's approach to medical marihuana caregivers and patients. "It shows me they aren't taking this law as it was intended," he said. "It's time for law enforcement to sit down with the community instead of arresting and prosecuting, and try to get a better understanding how things go on for treating sick people."

"This is gonna take years," Leyton said. "Until the people of Michigan, to have an understanding of what this law is, it's going to take the Legislature, the AG, the prosecutors and appellate courts to decide what the law is and what it isn't."

For Brenda, a medical marijuana patient in Grand Blanc, the law means a new outlook on life. "It brought me back into society. I'm an outgoing person. It's given me a new attitude, a positive one and wanting people to benefit from it."

Brenda has asked us not to show her face. Diagnosed in 1991 with rheumatoid arthritis, she lives with severe pain much of that time. "My neighbors didn't see me for six months, trying to recuperate. It was constant pain. Now I'm flexible, moving about, losing weight. I've got the energy I didn't have and the painfreeness (sic) that I can do this now."

Finding relief has given Brenda a purpose, a reason to get up in the morning. She volunteers at the local compassion club, promoting its mission. While she won't call it a miracle medicine, she believes it's as close to one she'll ever find. "I'm not saying it's cured everything. I'm not saying I don't have pain. But it's eliminated the majority of it so I can enjoy my grandbabies."

It's stories like Brenda's and Amanda's that attorney Michael Komorn says the law was intended for. He believes cannabis should no longer be looked at as a street drug, but rather a medicine, much like aspirin or an antibiotic.

"I think it's a difficult task for a prosecutor to cross-examine a sick person and say they're taking the wrong medicine and their doctor is wrong," Komorn said.

Komorn says despite medical marihuana's stigma in the society - one way to combat its perception is taking the cases against caregivers and patients to court to allow a jury of their peers decide what happens next. "I believe people won't want to convict sick people that are using cannabis to treat their condition, period."

Komorn expects much of the change will come through the courts.

 

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.blogtalkradio.com/planetgreentrees

NEW CALL IN NUMBER: (347) 326-9626

Live Every Wednesday 8-10:00p.m.

PLANET GREENTREES

w/ Attorney Michael Komorn

 

The most relevant radio talk show for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Community. PERIOD.

 

If you have a medical marihuana question or comment, please email them to me, or leave them on the forum for the MMMA, and I will try to answer them live on the air.

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/planetgreentrees

PLANET GREENTREES Call-in Number: (347) 326-9626

Call-in Number: (347) 326-9626

 

 

Attorney Michael Komorn’ practice specializes in Medical Marihuana representation. He is a board member with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association (MMMA), a nonprofit patient advocacy group with over 20,000 members, which advocates for medical marihuana patients, and caregiver rights. He is also an experienced defense attorney successfully representing many wrongfully accused medical marihuana patients and caregivers. He is also the founder of Greentrees of Detroit, a medical marihuana community center that offers patient certification, legal consultation, cannabis education, business development, and caregiver’s classes.

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ABC CH 12 NEWS- FINALLY A POSITIVE MEDICAL MARIHUANA STORY

 

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ABC CH 12 NEWS- FINALLY A POSITIVE MEDICAL MARIHUANA STORY

 

http://abclocal.go.c...ocal&id=7987598

http://abclocal.go.c...ideo?id=7988479

 

 

By:Kristen Abraham

 

MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -- (03/01/11) -- More than two years ago, Michigan voters legalized medical marihuana to help those who suffer from cancer and other types of immune deficiencies.

Since then, though, controversy surrounding the law has been at the forefront. Some in the legal community consider the law to be unclear and vague, while others say it's protecting those who need it most.

How you view it depends on which side you're on. If you're a prosecuting attorney, the law has its flaws and it needs to be amended. If you're a defense attorney, the law's broad nature was its intent.

For those who use it to ease their pain, it's a life saver.

Amanda McConnaughhay of Argentine Township celebrated her 22nd birthday this past Sunday, a milestone her mother Diane wasn't sure she would reach.

"U of M hospital says they couldn't do anything for her. She was on hospice, then she started losing the weight. She got down to 51 pounds at 21," Diane McConnaughhay said.

Amanda was diagnosed with Retts Syndrome, a rare developmental disorder, when she was 3. To control Amanda's seizures, her doctor prescribed prescription drug after prescription drug, but nothing appeared to work - that is, until her mother saw a health report on ABC12 News to try medical marihuana as a last ditch effort to save her daughter's life.

"She had edible cookie. Within 45 minutes, she had appetite back. She's been eating since. Her daytime seizures quit, seizure-free for nine months," McConnaughhay said.

Since then, Amanda is more alert, relaxed, and has even gone back to school. Her weight has improved, too. She now weighs 95 pounds.

"I never thought it would help, but here we are. This is the only thing that works," said McConnaughhay.

Amanda's positive response has prompted Diane to become a licensed caregiver and to grow her own medical marihuana, with the help of the Genesee County Compassion Club. The medicinal buds will be used in Amanda's favorite treats like cookies, brownies and suckers. "It's medicine. It's her medicine. It's helping her," McConnaughhay said.

Under Michigan's medical marihuana act, a licensed caregiver like McConnaughhay can treat five patients. Each patient is allowed to possess 2.5 usable ounces of cannabis and 12 plants awaiting harvest.

While the law appears to be straightforward, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says after two and half years on the books, it's still vague. "There are so many areas where it's unclear. For example, it's unclear if a caregiver can provide medical marihuana to a patient. One section of act says yes, another says no," Leyton said.

"The act says marihuana is allowed for those who have a chronic illness, but section one of the public health code still says marihuana is dangerous, illegal drug."

Leyton says since Michigan voted to legalize medical marihuana in 2008, only one case has gone to trial in Genesee County - a case he lost. "The judge ruled in that case because the police did not separate out stems and seeds before weighing it. The jury would have to speculate on whether the usable amount weighed more than 2.5 ounces. We thought it did because it weighed like 50 pounds, but he ruled otherwise."

But it was a victory for Oakland County Defense Attorney Michael Komorn, who says the law protects who it's suppose to.

"Persons who have the card and 2.5 ounces of usable medical marihuana or growing 12 plants, they are protected without any penalty," Komorn said.

Komorn is on the board of directors for the Michigan Medical Marihuana Association, and says he's frustrated with law enforcement's approach to medical marihuana caregivers and patients. "It shows me they aren't taking this law as it was intended," he said. "It's time for law enforcement to sit down with the community instead of arresting and prosecuting, and try to get a better understanding how things go on for treating sick people."

"This is gonna take years," Leyton said. "Until the people of Michigan, to have an understanding of what this law is, it's going to take the Legislature, the AG, the prosecutors and appellate courts to decide what the law is and what it isn't."

For Brenda, a medical marijuana patient in Grand Blanc, the law means a new outlook on life. "It brought me back into society. I'm an outgoing person. It's given me a new attitude, a positive one and wanting people to benefit from it."

Brenda has asked us not to show her face. Diagnosed in 1991 with rheumatoid arthritis, she lives with severe pain much of that time. "My neighbors didn't see me for six months, trying to recuperate. It was constant pain. Now I'm flexible, moving about, losing weight. I've got the energy I didn't have and the painfreeness (sic) that I can do this now."

Finding relief has given Brenda a purpose, a reason to get up in the morning. She volunteers at the local compassion club, promoting its mission. While she won't call it a miracle medicine, she believes it's as close to one she'll ever find. "I'm not saying it's cured everything. I'm not saying I don't have pain. But it's eliminated the majority of it so I can enjoy my grandbabies."

It's stories like Brenda's and Amanda's that attorney Michael Komorn says the law was intended for. He believes cannabis should no longer be looked at as a street drug, but rather a medicine, much like aspirin or an antibiotic.

"I think it's a difficult task for a prosecutor to cross-examine a sick person and say they're taking the wrong medicine and their doctor is wrong," Komorn said.

Komorn says despite medical marihuana's stigma in the society - one way to combat its perception is taking the cases against caregivers and patients to court to allow a jury of their peers decide what happens next. "I believe people won't want to convict sick people that are using cannabis to treat their condition, period."

Komorn expects much of the change will come through the courts.

 

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

NEW CALL IN NUMBER: (347) 326-9626

Live Every Wednesday 8-10:00p.m.

PLANET GREENTREES

w/ Attorney Michael Komorn

 

The most relevant radio talk show for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Community. PERIOD.

 

If you have a medical marihuana question or comment, please email them to me, or leave them on the forum for the MMMA, and I will try to answer them live on the air.

 

http://www.blogtalkr...lanetgreentrees

PLANET GREENTREES Call-in Number: (347) 326-9626

Call-in Number: (347) 326-9626

 

 

Attorney Michael Komorn’ practice specializes in Medical Marihuana representation. He is a board member with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association (MMMA), a nonprofit patient advocacy group with over 20,000 members, which advocates for medical marihuana patients, and caregiver rights. He is also an experienced defense attorney successfully representing many wrongfully accused medical marihuana patients and caregivers. He is also the founder of Greentrees of Detroit, a medical marihuana community center that offers patient certification, legal consultation, cannabis education, business development, and caregiver’s classes.

 

 

That is Awsome! I love to read some thing pos for a change! My question is how many of the older baby boomers like my dad are going to believe it,,remember reefer madness? thats my dad, retired cop (1985 from st.clair shore L.E,,) I have fought and argued all my life with him about marijuana! he would tell me dont bring that in my house! so i left it in MY CAR I bought not him. and if he ever had to move it , typical cop behaviour had to snoop and find my goods, and yell at me, im like it aint in your house, i had it hid quit looking for it or stay out of my car,,didnt work, I was told to stay out of his house! 16yrs old im gone! bye bye! I love my Dad, I will never ever be able to convince him mm is good!

 

But I stll gotta love him,,,there are still alot of folks around with that mentality, and we cant change their minds,,most of em! that is the 37% that voted agianst it!

 

I read a decent pic article in the houghton lake resorter news paper (issue jan 20, 2011) new busines Phat -eez compasion center, seems houghton lake welcomed there new mm business with open arms..we shall soon see huh?

Peace

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Well let me say this I became a caregiver for my wife she has ms and mm helps. It has helped keep her out of the hospital and at home with her kids where she belongs. Then 6 or 7 months ago my battle with my migraines kicked into high gear when in the midst of one I lost my sight. Then two other times it happened (once while driving thankfully I used the rumble strips on the edge of the road to pull over and stop. 2 months or so ago I had an

MRI that found a ping pong ball size tumor. Mm has kept me from my former regimen of pills as they got worse I took more and more pills I was taking 4600 mg of anti-inflamatories a day which rips up your stomach. And is horrible for you.

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Well let me say this I became a caregiver for my wife she has ms and mm helps. It has helped keep her out of the hospital and at home with her kids where she belongs. Then 6 or 7 months ago my battle with my migraines kicked into high gear when in the midst of one I lost my sight. Then two other times it happened (once while driving thankfully I used the rumble strips on the edge of the road to pull over and stop. 2 months or so ago I had an

MRI that found a ping pong ball size tumor. Mm has kept me from my former regimen of pills as they got worse I took more and more pills I was taking 4600 mg of anti-inflamatories a day which rips up your stomach. And is horrible for you. MM has given me a new lease on life.

 

I was opposed to marijuana for a long time due to it costing me my first wife (I had not smoked mj since high school and we were broke so I told her she could not partake so she found a way to get it she slept with a dealer for over a year before I found out and got a divorce.) Then when Mrs. J was battling a ms flare up a friend brought her some mj and said use it to fight the pain and effects of the steroid treatments. It helped so much I told her we were gonna do this. And have since now if I can get rid of the Wyoming city counsel I can grow at home and save some gas!

 

My thanks, gratitude, and whole hearted love to those who have fought and are fighting to make it possible.

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That is Awsome! I love to read some thing pos for a change! My question is how many of the older baby boomers like my dad are going to believe it,,remember reefer madness? thats my dad, retired cop (1985 from st.clair shore L.E,,) I have fought and argued all my life with him about marijuana! he would tell me dont bring that in my house! so i left it in MY CAR I bought not him. and if he ever had to move it , typical cop behaviour had to snoop and find my goods, and yell at me, im like it aint in your house, i had it hid quit looking for it or stay out of my car,,didnt work, I was told to stay out of his house! 16yrs old im gone! bye bye! I love my Dad, I will never ever be able to convince him mm is good!

 

But I stll gotta love him,,,there are still alot of folks around with that mentality, and we cant change their minds,,most of em! that is the 37% that voted agianst it!

 

I read a decent pic article in the houghton lake resorter news paper (issue jan 20, 2011) new busines Phat -eez compasion center, seems houghton lake welcomed there new mm business with open arms..we shall soon see huh?

Peace

 

Perhaps 1/3 to 1/2 of that 37% would have vote yes, if they had understood (if they would have heard or seen testimonies from patients on how it has helped them)

I'm not saying your father would have but I sure there are some that just didn't have the facts to decide. For we all know the facts seem to be hidden from many by so many.

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