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55,000 Applications For Pot In MI County

From Michigan’s Oakland Press:

55,000 pot applications: County leaders call on state to clarify law on medical marijuana

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

[Michigan’s] Oakland County’s top officials — County Executive. L. Brooks Patterson, Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Cooper and Sheriff Michael Bouchard — came together Monday at The Oakland Press to speak out about medical marijuana, urging the state Legislature to fix this law.

“I see (medical marijuana) as a direct threat on the quality of life in Oakland County,” said L. Brooks Patterson.

He referred to a convention promoting medical marijuana scheduled earlier this year at the Silverdome. That convention has been canceled.

“I don’t want Oakland County to be the center of medical marijuana.”

No, leave that to the other Oakland.

Cooper said her primary interest in amending the law revolved around children and medical marijuana. She said children can be issued patient cards with two doctors’ approvals.

“Children can be in the home when people (are smoking marijuana),” she said. “They are inhaling and learning from that. That is a grave concern.”

By contrast, Cooper said, tobacco is regulated.

Isn’t irony ironic?

We regulate all sorts of things,” she said. “(With medical marijuana) there is no regulation whatsoever. There needs to be some legislative fixes to this act. We need to bring pressure to bear.”

The officials reported nearly $480,000 was recovered at a Ferndale dispensary after a raid.

“It’s people looking at this as a business,” Patterson said.

But this was supposed to take the money out of dealing in marijuana.

Bouchard referred to recent efforts by communities to figure out how to zone dispensaries or medical marijuana clubs.

“You can’t zone a crack house,” he said, comparing dispensaries to other drug operations…

Just ask Amsterdam, which is trying to close its pot houses.

In November 2008, Michigan voters approved a ballot proposal that included physician-approved use of marijuana by registered patients with debilitating medical conditions and allowed that registered individuals could  grow limited amounts of marijuana for qualified patients. The proposal passed by 63 percent.

Yes, this is exactly what Michigan needs.

He noted regulatory problems, including the fact no photo is required on medical marijuana patient cards.

“There is no verification process,” he said.

“There is no verification process,” he said.

Gee, it sounds just like voting.

“People are out there berating law enforcement (for recent drug raids), but many of these people have an agenda to legalize marijuana.”

The officials said 55,000 people have received medical marijuana applications

As of 2009, the population of Oakland County, Michigan was estimated to be 1,205,508. Of course it’s early yet. Soon there will be more people with debilitating medical conditions than you can shake a spliff at.

Jeffrey Perlman, a Southfield-based attorney who defends medical marijuana patients, disagrees the law should be changed.

“I like the law the way it’s written,” he said.

“If they leave patients and caregivers alone, there won’t be a black market (for marijuana) as there is now.”

Oh, so this attorney claims ‘medical marijuana’ will put an end to the illegal trafficking in pot. That is revealing, albeit unintentionally.

Patterson said he believes voters envisioned medical personnel would be involved in distributing medical marijuana.

Voters didn’t believe people would be going to a gas station converted into a dispensary to get marijuana, he said.

“They’ve made a mockery of the whole thing,” Patterson said. “We need to clear up this mess.”

The genie is out of the bong. Good luck trying to coax it back in.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “55,000 Applications For Pot In MI County”

  1. Adam Moreira says:

    On this though, I cannot completely disagree…that marijuana has been made illegal has created a black market for the drug. Regulation over prohibition.

    Where I do have a problem though is that the distribution network is out of control…it should only be through licensed physicians with a ban on redistribution…and with ID checks and a statewide database to prevent abuse.

    (Some dangerous drugs must remain outlawed for safety reasons, but is this one? Employers can still set policy for whether or not they want their employees using it.)

    The USA has seen what has happened when it outlaws a product in demand – from 1920 until 1933. But there needs to be better regulation!

    • David says:

      In its comprehensive 1999 review, for example, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that marijuana may be modestly effective for pain relief (particularly nerve pain), appetite stimulation for people with AIDS wasting syndrome, and control of chemotherapy­ related nausea and vomiting.
      Given the availability of FDA approved medications for these conditions, however, the IOM advised that marijuana be considered as a treatment only when patients don’t get enough relief from currently available drugs.

      “Medical Marijuana and the Mind,”
      Harvard Mental Health Letter; Apr2010, Vol. 26 Issue 10, p1-3, 3p

      No other drug is administered without FDA approval and detailed research.
      And there is no way that once it becomes an “acceptable” treatment that it will be illegal for employers to discriminate against employees who are high as a kite.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Grand Junction, CO a modest sized city on the western slopes of Colorado at the Utah border recently went to the mats and chose to de-legitimize “marijuana clinics” on the basis of …. “we’re not prepared for this in terms of Law, infrastructure, bureaucracy or medical evaluations”. Colorado’s Legislature, choocker-bloc with 1960s refugees following Obama’s sweeps across the Nation, had voted to allow medical marijuana clinics but left a provision in the the Bill to allow individual jurisdictions latitude in allowing the dope shops in their borders.

    Grand Junction saw an explosion of pot shops, a number of which were owned and operated by former convicted felon drug dealers. One weather-beaten slurred-speech ex-biker owner claimed “Hey, who knows more about selling pot than an ex-felon?” No, I’m not making that up.

    Following this tsunami of weed and seven day a week availability, often on walking routes to schools, problems with who is a legal grower erupted, including the town’s long time commercial real estate broker getting busted for a 1,000 plant operation in the offices next door to the Census Bureau. Most of the federal employees of the Census took ill from fumes and the whole building had to be shut down and evacuated.

    On the heels of the City Council voting to rescind the pot shop concept until further study can be conducted, two things of note happened –

    1. Pot shop owners went nuts and began marshaling forces to sue sue sue.

    2. A house full of members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang were arrested in a pre-dawn raid netting gang members, a virtual armory and a whole lot of drugs for sale.

    Mesa County has been a nexus for biker gang drug networks with its proximity to the explosive growth of the energy sector, but it’s been primarily a tenuous peace between the Hells Angels and Sons of Silence.

    The Outlaws are very dangerous new wrinkle.

    And they arrived on scene just when “legal” pot was going bye bye.

    Dopers are a grave blight on the land. Their suppliers are worse.

    But there would be no drug if there were no demand.

    Thus, as Obama is the visible symptom of a diseased America, so too is this drive to legitimize marijuana the visible symptom of a dysfunctional mass of America who prefer to be effed up to living life without moral crutches.

    Good luck with that.

  3. proreason says:

    I have a severe back problem that requires medical money and daily massages from beautiful female movie stars.

    How much do I qualify for?

  4. Mae says:

    Shouldn’t medical tests should be done by a licensed physician in a medical office or at a hospital to determine whether the “patient” actually has cancer or an illness which is so painful the poor little thing needs to smoke pot to alleviate his excruciating discomfort? Just because someone has a card which states he’s eligible for this “relief,” doesn’t mean that he hasn’t visited his local guy selling “papers” or been approached on the street near Alvarado in L.A. to obtain this permission to partake of a “controlled” substance. This is not a “prescription” and everyone knows it. Stop pretending that they’re are anything but pot heads supporting the new “laws.”

    Seriously, America, this should be of concern to everyone, not only that ex-convicts are even being allowed within a mile of a distribution center, but that this non-medical procedure has gained any credence in the first place. If you’re dying and you need pain relief, your doctor should be able to prove that this weed will do the trick. Otherwise, no go.

    • GetBackJack says:

      In Grand Junction, a traveling ‘doctor’ comes around on an irregular schedule and charges ‘patients’ to ‘examine’ them for ‘symptoms’ then issues a medical marijuana card.

      I’m laughing out my arse at the symptoms that are allowed as needing marijuana to be cured. And LMAO at the curriculum vitaes of the alleged doctors making rounds.

      It’s a sham any way you slice it.

      The users who showed up at City Council meetings to protest overturning this nonsense were the best possible advertisement that THC, regardless of how it’s termed, is a bad idea. To a man, you could easily spot them as dopers.

      The lesson of Sodom and Gomorrah is instructive in this case. The people of those two cities were wealthy, fat with food and leisure and began to dabble in lusts and distractions they should not have. Eventually this became a full fledged community wide obsession with “It’s My Right!” to indulge what I want to indulge. So many citizens were participating that Laws were no longer useful in controlling their behaviors and demands and of the five cities in that valley, the judges in four cities ruled that the lusts of the people could be legally enjoyed in public. Shortly thereafter those four cities ceased to exist.

      Not the fifth one, Zoar. It had no judge. It was spared.

      Will Of The People is a terrible frightening task master. The “will of the people” got Sodom and Gomorrah obliterated because the will of the people wore down the judges who at some point simply went along and changed what was illegal to legal to satisfy The Will Of The People.

      It’s called dope for a reason.

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