By Michael Komorn
Subcommittee Votes Down Anti-Recreational Marijuana Resolution
June 12, 2018
A proposed resolution opposing the recreational use of marijuana has
failed to pass a Livingston County subcommittee, following a tie vote.
The county’s General Government and Health & Human Services Committee
met Monday and discussed the proposed resolution, which asked the
Board of Commissioners to show their opposition to the legalization of
marijuana for general use, as well as encourage others to oppose the
issue through similar resolutions.
Committee members Bob Bezotte and William Green voted in support of
the resolution, as Bezotte stated residents looked to their officials
to take the lead on these types of matters. Dennis Dolan and Gary
Childs voted against the resolution, saying the issue will ultimately
be up to citizens in November’s election when they vote on a ballot
proposal that would legalize the possession and sale of up to 2.5
ounces of marijuana for personal use. As the committee’s vote was a
tie, the resolution failed and will not move forward as it stands.
Dave Domas, who represents the county’s 3rd district on the Board of
Commissioners, approached the committee during the meeting’s second
call to the public with some heated words. Domas told committee
members, "Anybody that votes against this issue doesn’t belong on this
board. Not now, not ever." The resolution previously came before the
county’s Board of Commissioners and Domas says it was then that he saw
many community members expressing opposition to the legalization of
marijuana, including several youth. He says the kids in attendance
were "victims of recreational marijuana and they didn’t want to share
that bad experience with anyone else", so they asked county officials
"to listen to them and act on their behalf.”
Childs defended his decision to vote against the resolution, again
staing he believes it’s up to Michigan’s residents to decide. He feels
the county has more important things to deal with, specifically naming
the opioid crisis. Childs also responded to Domas’ confronting the
committee, saying some of his information related to the ballot
proposal and potential law was "erroneous".
Domas later told WHMI he “…expected this sort of performance from the
board, based on the way they handled this resolution two weeks ago”,
claiming the committee refused to let it be presented.
Domas says he’s working on presentations he’d like to share with local
units of government that would “present the side of recreational
marijuana that people don’t understand”. He also says the community
shouldn’t be surprised to see a similar resolution make its way to the
Board of Commissioners, adding, “If it dies, a lot of stuff dies with
it, and we’re not gonna let that happen.”
By Michael Komorn
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She is recognized within the attorney community to be an exceptionally skilled attorney. Most importantly she stands behind Michigan’s ballot initiative to treat marihuana like alcohol, and the voter's initiative of 2008, the MMMA. It is time that the leading law enforcement agent in the state of Michigan support the people's will and desire to develop reasonable policies regarding marihuana reform in Michigan. Tomorrow, August 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Braun Court in Ann Arbor (in Kerrytown), across from Community High School she will be kicking off her campaign, and we encourage anyone interested in making Michigan green should show up and hear it for themselves.
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By Michael Komorn
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Michigan bills would allow medical marijuana dispensaries, edibles that courts prohibitedhttp://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/michigan_bills_would_allow_med.html
LANSING, MI -- Michigan's medical marijuana law would be updated to allow for dispensaries and edible products under legislation debated Thursday in a state House committee.
Legal experts who testified in support of the bills said they are appropriate responses to recent court decisions that limited the voter-approved law, and patients argued that they need easier access to various forms of the drug.
Still, the proposals face an uncertain future in the state Legislature, which has generally moved to tighten medical marijuana regulations since the successful 2008 ballot proposal.
House Bill 4271, sponsored by state Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, would let communities decide whether they want to allow dispensaries. Medical marijuana storefronts had operated in Michigan until a February ruling by the state Supreme Court forced them to close.
"Local control will allow cities, townships and villages to regulate the level they feel most comfortable with," Callton said in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. "And for those communities who feel it is inappropriate, it allows them to opt out all together."
Under Callton's bill, municipalities also could require dispensaries to test their medical marijuana for quality, purity and contaminants -- or contract with a "safety compliance facility" to do so. Patients would be prohibited from using the drug on premises.
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act does not specifically reference dispensaries, providing the basis for the state Supreme Court ruling, but patients who had obtained their medications from such facilities said they made it easier to obtain safe products in forms that suited their needs.
John Targowski, a Kalamazoo-area attorney who helped write the city's charter amendment that made marijuana the lowest possible priority for local police, has been a wheelchair user since suffering a spinal cord injury in 1999. He testified that he uses medical marijuana to treat pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dispensaries, he said, had offered him access to a variety of marijuana oils and edibles that he was able to use in a professional environment.
"I go to court. I meet clients. And sometimes, particularly if it's in the day, if I need medicine I don't want to be knocked out and high," Targowski said. "The ability to pick and choose and experiment within the types of strains and products gives greater leeway to people like me who go to work everyday in a suit."
Ann Arbor City Attorney Steven Postema, who helped write that city's medical marijuana ordinances, testified in support of the dispensary bill as a means to improve the state law, which he called the "worst" in the country. He challenged lawmakers to "do the right thing" rather than deferring to the Supreme Court decision.
"It's a second step to the Medical Marihuana Act," he said. "It's not legalization. It's not forcing a community to have a dispensary, but it will be that next step to take dispensaries out of the legal limbo they are in now."
House Bill 5104, sponsored by state Rep. Eileen Kowall, would update the medical marijuana law to clarify that multiple parts of the plant -- including dried leaves, resin and extracts -- can be eaten or otherwise used by patients.
The Michigan Court of Appeals, in a July decision, ruled that "pot brownies" are not a usable form of marijuana under the medical law, essentially prohibiting non-smokable forms of the drug, including topical creams, drops and edibles. An appeal request has been filed with the Michigan Supreme Court.
"Smoking obviously delivers harmful substances to the respiratory system," said Kowall. "The community of marijuana patients and caregivers in Michigan desperately needs alternative delivery methods."
Rebecca Brown, founder of the Pediatric Cannabis Therapy Group, testified that edible marijuana is the most effective treatment method she's found for her son, who suffers from a rare disorder that causes frequent seizures.
"This is a deadly disease. It's a genetic mutation. He'll never outgrow it," said Brown, noting that her son once suffered a seizure that lasted 40 minutes but is doing well on medical marijuana. "I am asking you, please, don't let parents live that, please."
Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Township, also testified in support of his proposal that would allow the state to regulate large-scale growing facilities and sell medical marijuana through pharmacies in the event the federal government reclassifies the drug.
Senate Bill 660, approved in the upper chamber last month, would not replace the state's caregiver-patient model, Kahn said, but would provide patients with the option to access carefully tested and consistently dosed medicine.
Former state House Speaker Chuck Perricone, now working for Prairie Plant Systems Inc. of Canada, helped write the bill and answered questions from lawmakers on Thursday.
The bio-pharmaceutical company has been Canada's primary medical marijuana provider for more than a decade and already owns a facility in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Committee Chairman Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, took roughly an hour and a half of testimony on the bills before ending the hearing to allow members to attend a scheduled House session.
A second hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Lansing.
By Michael Komorn
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 1, 2013
State Rep. Mike Shirkey will host a citizen town hall event in Jackson County on Aug. 14 to help create a public dialogue on drug enforcement strategies and policy.
Shirkey said the debate needs to happen, based on both the citizen initiative that legalized medicinal marijuana and the introduction of legislation such as House Bill 4623, which would impose fines instead of jail time for the possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana.
"Michigan citizens expect and demand that we strive to balance the needs of personal freedom, public safety, pain management and a host of other factors as we determine how to best spend the people's tax dollars," said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. "Are we forcing law enforcement to police and jail recreational marijuana users instead of using time and money that should be going to battle our meth lab epidemic? Are we limiting reasonable options to end-of-life pain management by putting excessive restrictions on medicinal marijuana? Those are questions that politicians, law enforcement, and most importantly the general public, need to actively discuss and answer."
The town hall, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 5-7 p.m. at the Grass Lake Township Hall, 373 Lakeside Drive.
Shirkey is inviting several people to speak and is hopeful for a large turnout, regardless of people's position on the issue. State Rep. Jeff Irwin, the author of HB 4623, will attend as will former prosecutor James Gierach, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).
Seventeen states have some type of marijuana decriminalization laws on the books, according to LEAP, and the organization said they were interested in coming to the Jackson area in part because of a local petition drive addressing decriminalization.
"My time working with law enforcement as a Cook County prosecutor and municipal attorney showed me firsthand how frequently we are turning average citizens into criminals and not spending enough time tracking down and dealing with the true bad guys in this equation," Gierach said. "You can be both tough and appropriate with drug enforcement once you start to differentiate and realize the serious downsides of a one-size-fits-all policy. We've already seen that with alcohol and prohibition, and I think we're going to see that very soon with recreational marijuana use as well."
People with questions may call Rep. Shirkey's office at (517) 373-1775. Gierach will also be making himself available for private meetings with interested public officials by appointment, and can be reached through the LEAP offices at (315) 243-5844.