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Lawmakers Working To Define Medical Marijuana Future In Michigan


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WLNS) – Lawmakers are still considering measures to define the future of medical marijuana in Michigan.

Legislation discussed in the senate Wednesday aims to eliminate some of the legal gray areas, but critics say lawmakers are focusing on the wrong issues.

Medical marijuana in the state of Michigan has a complicated track record. It was approved for medical use by voters in 2008, but dispensaries became illegal under a 2013 Supreme Court case.

Yet we still see them in Michigan cities.

“How the process works is law enforcement will take a report, they provide that report to the prosecutor’s office, and the prosecutor’s going to decide whether they’ll authorize charges,” said Matt Newburg, criminal defense attorney.

Matt Newburg is a criminal defense attorney who specializes in medical marijuana cases.

He says local prosecutors often deny charges because the culture around marijuana has changed.

Senator Rick Jones thinks more regulation is needed now.

“If it’s gonna be medicine, let’s treat it as medicine.”

Senator Jones is among those proposing legislation that would make it illegal for renters to smoke or grow marijuana if the owner of the property prohibits it.

He says marijuana can only exist with more restriction.

“I don’t want to see Lansing return to the 49 dispensaries where we had dispensaries right next to schools, where we had dispensaries right next to churches that are actually running programs to get people off of drugs and off of alcohol,” said Senator Rick Jones ®, Grand Ledge.

However, Newburg is afraid of more regulation.

“I don’t think over legislating the marijuana statute is the answer. And frankly I don’t know what the answer is. Right now what I do know is it’s not, it’s not working,” said Newburg, criminal defense attorney.

Both Newburg and Senator Jones say lawmakers, police and patients need to sit down to discuss the future of medical marijuana in Michigan.

A vote on the bill is expected next week.

 

http://wlns.com/2015/03/04/lawmakers-working-to-define-medical-marijuana-future-in-michigan/

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Hayduke, on 02 Mar 2015 - 1:26 PM, said:snapback.png

we got half of our requested and previously negotiated language requests on that bill.  We will get the other part in the House Judiciary I believe....

 

Resto you are so negative on everything, without even any inside information or participation.  You need to issue a crabby defeated before we start, guy warning, every time you post on these topics...lol...

Question;

Wouldn't your services/resources to the Patients Of Michigan be better used towards the ambitions of not having the Act opened and restricted?

 

Especially in the light of what the bill sponsor Jones keeps saying:

 

He says marijuana can only exist with more restriction.

 
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It seems the options are simple when people like Jones want to alter the Act:

1) adopt a negative position and be ignored through the entire process

2) adopt a neutral position and attempt to offer changes to eliminate or reduce harm to patients.

 

Am I missing something?

When dealing face to face with Jones, yes those are our options. 

 

You can't think of any way for us to make a collective effort to protect the MMAct from restriction other than these face to face bad choices 1 and 2?

 

Win, lose, or draw, pandering makes me sick to even be remotely a part of, especially when Jones is involved and he describes himself as an advocate for restricting the Act..

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I mean, if you are in Lansing looking and listening regularly, isn't there more options/ways to find to trip up the 75% vote? A 75% vote on anything is USUALLY a tall order for any legislature when deciding on a controversial topic like marijuana. Could getting the 25%+ NO votes be a better path to success here? Who's working on that other than me?  I'm feeling some substantial resistance to my efforts on the 25% front. Is it that far fetched to realistically think that a 25%+ NO vote is possible on these bills?

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Jones and Newburg went to the press with this restrictive message a week before the vote to drum up YES votes. This is their advertisment on the bills he is selling the public and the legislature. No where does he mention any intent other than restriction. He's brandishing it like a club. There's not even any 'bait' anymore. There's just the 'club'.

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I went to see my cannabis specialist doctor, one of the highest profile in Michigan, and he knew all about how bad the bills are. He's wanting a NO vote too. The few patients in the lobby got on board with how they have nothing to gain and everything to lose. Every single patient that knows the score wants a NO. So why isn't this The Story? LEAVE THE ACT INTACT

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Ya, that's a big change from last session's "I've talked to patients across Mi and found out how hard it was for them with medibles" stance of last year when we got thrown under the bus anyway.  Hate to say it but i'm starting to agree with you Resto.

But what can we do if people think they are going to open the act anyway?  Is there any support for a strong opposition but if it's going to happen anyway, this is what we want and this is what we absolutely won't stand for writing campaign?

 

Next week?  Is that for the renters bill or the medibles and dispensary bills?

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Give the idiot what he wants. I want to see that medicine in every pharmacy in The state, including those located next to ch urches and schools. You want to treat it like other medicine, then let me put it in my medicine cabinet where the kiddos can mix and match with the pills and potions.

And darn well better let me drive with it in the front seat just like they do my xanax.  And same with roadside sobriety, PROVE they are impaired first!  No nanogram limits!!

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Give the idiot what he wants. I want to see that medicine in every pharmacy in The state, including those located next to ch urches and schools. You want to treat it like other medicine, then let me put it in my medicine cabinet where the kiddos can mix and match with the pills and potions.

 

The teachers can pass it out to the kids just like they do with Ritalin!

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Well, everyone Jones is anti marijuana and will be a complete tool against us until he is finally term limited out of the senate.  I doubt higher offices will be attained by such an arsehole.

 

Next,.. we have to neuter his positons and language as much as possible AND put up a blockade against it in the HOUSE.  Notice it died last session.  Your belated thanks are appreciated.

 

there are zero guarantees to anything. One simply does what they can to stop what they can, when they can, however they can, or at worst neuter their bills.

 

Let us not forget what insane republican majorities we have in this state, 27® and 11(d) in the senate, and that republican politicians in general are not exactly highly supportive of us or this law.

 

One does what they can and we block what we can, we change what we can,... and that is about it.

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It seems the options are simple when people like Jones want to alter the Act:

1) adopt a negative position and be ignored through the entire process

2) adopt a neutral position and attempt to offer changes to eliminate or reduce harm to patients.

 

Am I missing something?

Slug it out in the press and the halls of the capitol? I've been pretty proud of the people and efforts that have done just that.

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Give the idiot what he wants. I want to see that medicine in every pharmacy in The state, including those located next to ch urches and schools. You want to treat it like other medicine, then let me put it in my medicine cabinet where the kiddos can mix and match with the pills and potions.

Screw that. It should be in our gardens, basements, and spare rooms. Putting it in pharmacies along with the echinacea and St. John's Wort would be great, or even behind the counter with the sudafed would pass muster as far as I'm concerned. It is a harmless herbal remedy with mild euphoric properties. 

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Well, everyone Jones is anti marijuana and will be a complete tool against us until he is finally term limited out of the senate.  I doubt higher offices will be attained by such an arsehole.

 

Next,.. we have to neuter his positons and language as much as possible AND put up a blockade against it in the HOUSE.  Notice it died last session.  Your belated thanks are appreciated.

 

there are zero guarantees to anything. One simply does what they can to stop what they can, when they can, however they can, or at worst neuter their bills.

 

Let us not forget what insane republican majorities we have in this state, 27® and 11(d) in the senate, and that republican politicians in general are not exactly highly supportive of us or this law.

 

One does what they can and we block what we can, we change what we can,... and that is about it.

I agree one does what they can when they can and if they can

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