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Ridiculous Testimony Mars Debate On Michigan Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

hash bash michigan marijuanaHouse Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Klint Kesto called off a proposed third week of testimony on a pair of medical marijuana bills that the Michigan legislature has been kicking around for the last three years.

Considering the nature of the testimony heard in that committee over the last two weeks, maybe that’s a good thing.

The two bills represent long-awaited corrections to two snags in the medical marijuana laws in Michigan. One bill, re-introduced this year for the third consecutive legislative session, would authorize marijuana dispensaries; the other would correct a 2013 Appellate Court decision that removed legal protections for registered patients using non-smoked forms of cannabis.

This legislative session’s testimony on HB 4209 and HB 4210 began May 1 and continued on May 7. On the 1st the Committee session began with a 45 minute slideshow from the Michigan State Police (MSP) wherein fuzzy math and candy wrappers were presented as proof that marijuana is out of control and needs to be reigned in.

“When you see people make claims about the exploitation of marijuana and the marijuana industry, it shows how little they know about cannabis itself,” said Jamie Lowell, Chairman of the Michigan chapter of Americans for Safe Access.

The May 7th session featured testimony from Paul Welday, an Oakland County Republican who serves as the frontman for the MRC, often referred to as ‘the Monopoly Group’. During his testimony Welday “commonly refers to legal caregiver grows as “illicit” and “illegal”,” according to the captions on a video released to social media by MILegalize, a grassroots organization seeking legalization of adult use through an inclusive program that fosters small business.

On the video Welday calls these operations “public hazards” and “public nuisance” grows. Even hardcore MRC backers took issue with the nature of the testimony and the assault on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA).

Jim Powers, speaking on behalf of the MILegalize group, said, “We don’t support the attack on the MMMA or the caregiver system and will oppose any effort to restrict the rights already established under current law.”

To be sure, advocates have done their job. The need to re-legalize non-smoked forms of marijuana for registered patients is clear. Testimony delivered by parents of sick children and ill adults has made the issue real to the Committee members. The pictures of 6-year old Ryan Powers, shown in one photo bloated by steroids and in another healthy and smiling, is an indelible image legislators will remember at voting time.

Supporters of the Provisioning Centers Act delivered testimony of significance, including Detroit City Councilman James Tate. In Detroit they are considering proposals to allow dispensaries, or Provisioning Centers, because of the state’s failure to act, Tate told the Committee on the 7th.

Instead of taking a third session of testimony on May 14th, Chairman Kesto has set the issue aside while amendments to the current language of the bills are being prepared. Another session will be scheduled “in a few weeks,” said Robin Schneider, Legislative Liaison for the National Patients Rights Association (NPRA), the marijuana community’s lead lobbying organization for the advancement of the two bills.

Source: The Compassion Chronicles

  • PhDScientist

    Its critical that Marijuana be removed from Schedule 1 immediately so that physicians in all 50 states can prescribe it for their patients on the same basis as every other medication. Please call your senators and representative and ask them to pass the CARERS act, and call the white house comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President issue an executive order removing Marijuana from Schedule 1 immediately, and ask everyone you know to call as well.

  • Mlive Spammer

    This message has been brought to you by the good folks at Bayer. Spamming the same board every story, every time. How does a complete DE-scheduling sound to you. Then everyone has the opportunity to save their own life, and not just the scientists trying to create a super drug, from cannabis.

    • PhDScientist

      Complete de-scheduleing would be the best of all. It breaks my heart to know that so many people around the world are needlessly suffering and dying because they are being denied medical benefits of medical marijuana. The simplest and best solution is full legalization. The day that happens cannot happen soon enough.

      Every 20 seconds, an American is diagnosed with Cancer. Every 60 seconds an American dies of it. Every American with Cancer deserves the right to have safe, legal, access to medical marijuana. So does everyone else that can benefit from medical marijuana, but to deny it to Cancer patients, kids dying of seizures, veterans and others with PTSD, and Americans with chronic pain that doesn’t respond to opiates (which have horrible side effects and are incredibly dangerous) is a “crime against humanity”

      • newageblues

        Yes, it’s a crime against humanity that is being committed, and It makes me want to scream in rage.

        But in America at least, we should be close to victory. Support is probably over 80% for medicinal marijuana. And evidence for the medical value of cannabis keeps increasing. How long can the fascists hold out against that? Their sadistic crime against humanity is also a crime against science and a crime against democracy, the moral equivalent of a coup d’etat against legitimate democratic self-government

  • Jamie

    Those who wish to engage in the FDA process with cannabis- may do so.

    However, the effort of some to try and achieve a pharmaceutical product from cannabis- should have nothing to do with those of us who use cannabis as plant medicine or herbal remedy.

    • PhDScientist

      You should have the right to do so. What do you do on a daily basis to work to help end prohibition 2.0?

      • Jamie

        I wish I could do more- but I do quite a bit to help create better cannabis policy. Particularly- in Michigan.

        What does that have to do with this discussion?

  • Kenneth Aaron

    Irresponsible Politicians are more concerned with their legacy than following the wishes of the majority of the people. We do not need the moralizing. The vote already took place, the people have spoken. The leaders MUST follow, regardless of one’s stance on Marijuana.

  • Jayson

    It’s religion.

  • sharpss

    I hope that everyone who is asked to sign a petition to put legalization on the 2016 ballot does so. It is obvious that the a-holes in our state government are out of their minds. We simply must vote these bastxxds out of office. I am very perplexed about what has happened to the populace of Michigan or should I say Michibama or Michissippi. If we do get a ballot proposal, it should state clearly that cannabis in all forms is legal. Maybe then we can tell Bill Schuette to take his prohibition and shove it up his rectum.