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Attorney General Bill Schuette’s attack on the law violates voters - 9/5/2011

Rev. Stephen B. Thompson

Northern Express Weekly

 

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s efforts to bring the Michigan

Medical Marijuana Act into line with what he believes the voters wanted is

a waste of taxpayer time and money.

 

As a reminder, in 2008 Schuette led the opposition to the ballot

initiative and confidently predicted that the proposal would fail.

 

Ultimately it passed in every Michigan county and legislative district and

was approved by 63% of all voters statewide. It is hard to understand how

someone who got it so wrong the first time can be so confident that he

knows the mind of the voters this time.

 

It can’t be because Attorney General Schuette is listening to the people

who this law most affects. At his recent press conference announcing plans

to revamp a law the people already approved, Schuette was joined on stage

by police, prosecutors and anti-drug zealots. Conspicuously absent were

any patients or caregivers.

 

At the same event, Schuette decried the fact entrepreneurs are starting

businesses and making a profit in various medical marijuana related

businesses. Ya, like Michigan already has too many jobs, too many thriving

businesses and we need to discourage that kind of stuff. Is this guy nuts?

 

In the seven months he has been in office, Attorney General Bill Schuette

has:

 

• Challenged federal laws guaranteeing all Michigan citizen access to

affordable health care, citing the 9th & 10th Amendments to the U.S

Constitution and State’s Sovereignty...but...

 

• Violated Michigan law by surrendering confidential patient and caregiver

records to Federal authorities, citing Federal supremacy over the

states... and then...

 

• Appealed a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling striking down Michigan’s

voter-approved ban on Affirmative Action as unconstitutional, claiming to

be defending state law and the will of the voters.

 

So far, he has used his office to push for the most narrow, restrictive

and contrived interpretations possible of the voter approved Michigan

Medical Marihuana Act, frequently and publicly disparaged the state law,

while making claims that the voters didn’t understand what they were

really voting for.

 

The attorney general, himself an admitted former marijuana smoker, has

administered his state office in a schizophrenic-like manner which if

nothing else, suggests that he is allowing his personal biases to color

his professional judgment.

 

Don’t be hoodwinked by the attorney general’s humbug. The Medical

Marijuana Act is working exactly like it was supposed to.

 

Tens of thousands of law-abiding and seriously ill Michigan citizens have

been shielded from arrest and prosecution based only on their choice of

health care treatment—and isn’t that what living in freedom means?

 

Yes, medical marijuana distribution centers, sometimes called

dispensaries, have quietly opened in some Michigan communities. And I’m

willing to bet that aside from law enforcement personnel and medical

marijuana patients and caregivers, in most communities most people have no

idea that center is even present, the impact has been that low.

 

Many cities and municipalities have struggled with how to treat medical

marijuana. This has led to a hodgepodge of regulations and now litigation.

That much is true, but it’s not due to any flaw in the Act itself. It’s

due to a lack of direction and leadership from Lansing.

 

Some might argue that the attorney general’s package of bills does exactly

that. Those would mostly be people who either have a vested interest in

the marijuana prohibition status quo or are not familiar with the nuts and

bolts of the bills.

 

The attorney general’s solution to problems that do not exist include for

instance:

 

• erecting serious obstacles to patients seeking second opinions on

medical marijuana;

 

• allowing cities to follow the lead of Livonia and Wyoming and banish

medical marijuana patients entirely from the city;

 

• and turning over to local law enforcement a list of every medical

marijuana patient in the entire state.

 

Apparently the state attorney general trusts adults to keep beer in the

refrigerator, heavy duty narcotics in the medicine cabinet and a shotgun

behind the back door, but doesn’t believe they can be trusted with medical

marijuana.

 

If the state attorney general is sincere about defending the law and

upholding the will of the voters, he ought to start by enforcing the

Medical Marijuana Act as written, not lobbying to gut it.

 

Right now it takes the State up to 4 months to issue a medical marijuana

card. The law says the State is supposed to do it in 20 days. The law also

called for a panel to be appointed to meet regularly and consider adding

new conditions to the ‘approved for’ medical marijuana therapy list. Two

and a half years later, that panel still has not been appointed and no

hearings have been held. So much for defending the law and respecting the

voter’s will.

 

The voters have spoken. Now if only Michigan Attorney General Schuette

would listen.

 

Rev. Steven B. Thompson is executive director of Michigan NORML and a

long-time marijuana activist from Benzie County.

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Attorney General Bill Schuette’s attack on the law violates voters - 9/5/2011

Rev. Stephen B. Thompson

Northern Express Weekly

 

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s efforts to bring the Michigan

Medical Marijuana Act into line with what he believes the voters wanted is

a waste of taxpayer time and money.

 

As a reminder, in 2008 Schuette led the opposition to the ballot

initiative and confidently predicted that the proposal would fail.

 

Ultimately it passed in every Michigan county and legislative district and

was approved by 63% of all voters statewide. It is hard to understand how

someone who got it so wrong the first time can be so confident that he

knows the mind of the voters this time.

 

It can’t be because Attorney General Schuette is listening to the people

who this law most affects. At his recent press conference announcing plans

to revamp a law the people already approved, Schuette was joined on stage

by police, prosecutors and anti-drug zealots. Conspicuously absent were

any patients or caregivers.

 

At the same event, Schuette decried the fact entrepreneurs are starting

businesses and making a profit in various medical marijuana related

businesses. Ya, like Michigan already has too many jobs, too many thriving

businesses and we need to discourage that kind of stuff. Is this guy nuts?

 

In the seven months he has been in office, Attorney General Bill Schuette

has:

 

• Challenged federal laws guaranteeing all Michigan citizen access to

affordable health care, citing the 9th & 10th Amendments to the U.S

Constitution and State’s Sovereignty...but...

 

• Violated Michigan law by surrendering confidential patient and caregiver

records to Federal authorities, citing Federal supremacy over the

states... and then...

 

• Appealed a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling striking down Michigan’s

voter-approved ban on Affirmative Action as unconstitutional, claiming to

be defending state law and the will of the voters.

 

So far, he has used his office to push for the most narrow, restrictive

and contrived interpretations possible of the voter approved Michigan

Medical Marihuana Act, frequently and publicly disparaged the state law,

while making claims that the voters didn’t understand what they were

really voting for.

 

The attorney general, himself an admitted former marijuana smoker, has

administered his state office in a schizophrenic-like manner which if

nothing else, suggests that he is allowing his personal biases to color

his professional judgment.

 

Don’t be hoodwinked by the attorney general’s humbug. The Medical

Marijuana Act is working exactly like it was supposed to.

 

Tens of thousands of law-abiding and seriously ill Michigan citizens have

been shielded from arrest and prosecution based only on their choice of

health care treatment—and isn’t that what living in freedom means?

 

Yes, medical marijuana distribution centers, sometimes called

dispensaries, have quietly opened in some Michigan communities. And I’m

willing to bet that aside from law enforcement personnel and medical

marijuana patients and caregivers, in most communities most people have no

idea that center is even present, the impact has been that low.

 

Many cities and municipalities have struggled with how to treat medical

marijuana. This has led to a hodgepodge of regulations and now litigation.

That much is true, but it’s not due to any flaw in the Act itself. It’s

due to a lack of direction and leadership from Lansing.

 

Some might argue that the attorney general’s package of bills does exactly

that. Those would mostly be people who either have a vested interest in

the marijuana prohibition status quo or are not familiar with the nuts and

bolts of the bills.

 

The attorney general’s solution to problems that do not exist include for

instance:

 

• erecting serious obstacles to patients seeking second opinions on

medical marijuana;

 

• allowing cities to follow the lead of Livonia and Wyoming and banish

medical marijuana patients entirely from the city;

 

• and turning over to local law enforcement a list of every medical

marijuana patient in the entire state.

 

Apparently the state attorney general trusts adults to keep beer in the

refrigerator, heavy duty narcotics in the medicine cabinet and a shotgun

behind the back door, but doesn’t believe they can be trusted with medical

marijuana.

 

If the state attorney general is sincere about defending the law and

upholding the will of the voters, he ought to start by enforcing the

Medical Marijuana Act as written, not lobbying to gut it.

 

Right now it takes the State up to 4 months to issue a medical marijuana

card. The law says the State is supposed to do it in 20 days. The law also

called for a panel to be appointed to meet regularly and consider adding

new conditions to the ‘approved for’ medical marijuana therapy list. Two

and a half years later, that panel still has not been appointed and no

hearings have been held. So much for defending the law and respecting the

voter’s will.

 

The voters have spoken. Now if only Michigan Attorney General Schuette

would listen.

 

Rev. Steven B. Thompson is executive director of Michigan NORML and a

long-time marijuana activist from Benzie County.

 

 

 

This why Bill Schuette is doing what he is doing please read:

 

It seems the Attorney General is associated with some of the most sinister elements of high society. We all know about Bill Schuette's political career and accomplishments he's been in politics since age 18, received his first real job from George Bush and his political career took off. Now to understand this issue we must first understand why marijuana prohibition happened in the first place. It didn't have much to do with people smoking or using it to get "high". That was the surface of the issue, in fact it has become common knowledge that One of the main forces behind prohibition was the Dupont family. The Dupont Corporation manufactures chemicals for plastics,and just invented nylon. Hemp was seen as unwanted competition thus they funded the propaganda which made cannabis illegal. Now this was in 1937.

The Dupont company today is still the largest corporation manufacturing chemicals for plastics etc.....

 

Well how does Bill Schuette tie in to all of this? The Dupont Corporation is the largest chemical company for plastics etc... However, the Dow Chemical Company is the 2nd largest chemical company providing plastics,chemicals, and agricultural products in the World. They also have a vested interest in not seeing any sort of cannabis legalization whether it be medical or industrial.

 

Now for those of you who don't know the Dow Chemical Company it is based right here in Midland, Michigan. Our Buddy Bill Schuette's parents settled in Midland, MI back in 1941 for Bill Sr's job at Dow Chemical. 1959 Bill Sr. was poised to take over the CEO position at Dow Chemical but he ended up dying of a heart attack while Bill Jr. was attending Georgetown University. His widowed mother then married Dow Chairman Carl Gerstacker and Bill Schuette has been overseeing the family fortune ever since.

 

Bill Schuette is not against medical marijuana at all, in fact he used to smoke it back in college as did most politicians. I wouldn't be surprised if he still tokes up here and there. He is just another elitist trying to protect the family fortune.

 

Now, why is he a murderer then?

 

Well because his family company the Dow Chemical company is responsible for thousands of deaths across the world.Dow Chemical, the US firm which now owns the leaking pesticides factory responsible for thousands of deaths in Bhopal, India, is sponsoring Life Earth events in 150 cities today. The event aims to raise money for clean water programmes. Research by environmental organisations has found dangerous levels of highly toxic chemicals in rivers, lakes and other water supplies close to several other factories owned by Dow and its subsidiaries in countries including the United States, Brazil and South Africa.

 

Dow's factories at its global headquarters in Midland, Michigan, have been accused of contaminating the region, including the Tittabawassee River floodplains, with high levels of dioxin – one of the "dirty dozen" most dangerous chemicals. In 2007, the highest level of dioxin contamination ever measured by the US Environmental Protection Agency was found in the Michigan Saginaw River. Residents are advised to avoid contact with river sediments and not to eat locally caught fish.

 

Campaigners are outraged by what they call Dow's "blatant attempt" to paint itself as a green company and divert attention from the Bhopal scandal, where 25 years after the 1984 disaster at the plant (then owned by Union Carbide) thousands of villagers are still forced to use contaminated water which causes birth defects, cancer and skin disorders.

 

Live Earth, which has accumulated celebrity supporters and thousands of activists worldwide since its climate change concert in 2007, has been criticised by campaigners for joining forces with a company which has a track record of, at best, being slow to clean up toxic spills that pollute water, damage ecosystems and endanger lives.

 

Three weeks ago, Amnesty International asked Live Earth to reconsider the sponsorship unless Dow publicly agreed to clean up Bhopal. Live Earth did not respond.

 

Dow has branched into water purification technologies in recent years. Campaigners claim the sponsorship deal is part of its wider strategy to exploit business opportunities in water scarcity. Tim Edwards from the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal said: "This is categorically a green-washing exercise. It is one plank of Dow's Human Element campaign which started in 2006 to clean up their image by marketing themselves as a sustainable, environmental, caring company and repair the damage caused by scandals such as Bhopal."

 

Dow is the sole sponsor for 24 hours of fun-runs and concerts organised by Live Earth, which hopes to create a global movement to tackle water shortages affecting one in eight of the world's population. Greenpeace, which for years has been highly critical of Dow's environmental record, refused to comment because it supports Live Earth. Live Earth also refused to comment.

 

The chemical leak from the Union Carbide factory in 1984 killed around 25,000 people and left 120,000 with long-term medical conditions, according to Amnesty International. Since the factory closed, more than 30,000 people have been exposed to water containing mercury and lead, pesticides such as Lindane and carcinogens like carbon tetrachloride.

 

 

 

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