Michigan is simply becoming fed up with its own government. Recently the state has made some frustrating regressions in policy, highlighted by their aggressive attack on dispensaries. Their Attorney General is even backing absurd penalties for doctors attempting to prescribe cannabis to patients, causing voters to demand a recall.
Protesting these and other injustices, hundreds of marijuana advocates rallied at the state’s capitol on Wednesday. Tempers were ignited by raids on two popular Ann Arbor dispensaries, and the closure of nearly every other dispensary in the state. It is was estimated that between 700 and 1,000 citizens were present, at the start of the assembly. And the number only grew as the day went on, the final tally being in the multiple thousands.
Signs displayed messages expressing a desire for personal liberty, including the mantra “Power to the Patients.” Another popular slogan read “Cannabis for Chronic Pain,” spotlighting the real sufferers of political posterizing.
Patient Robert Loomis has first-hand experience with the relieving quality of cannabis, and is frustrated with the current trend. “I’m afraid that other patients are going to have to go underground to get something legal, and they’re a legal patient and have that card in their pocket. And to go underground isn’t the safest way,” he said.
There are currently over 100,000 other medical marijuana patients in Michigan, thousands of which haven’t the means or resources to provide their own plants. State law currently allows for 12 plants per patient, and 2.5 ounces of smokable plant. But the amount of time, money and horticulture experience is prohibitive for the vast majority of the marijuana card-carrying populace to grow their own product.
Since the law does not allow for patient to patient sales, they will be forced to acquire their medicine from the unregulated black market. And legislators are trying to make the situation even worse.
Attorney General Bill Schuette is pushing proposals that would increase regulation of the marijuana industry to crippling proportions. Plans include strict doctor-patient relationships and examinations, as well as rules restricting prescription-writing eligibility and even limiting locations of dispensaries. The most upsetting proposal would make it felonious to “knowingly give false certification” on a medical marijuana patient’s documents. This vague rule could easily be used to bully doctors into submission, and could put an abrupt stop to Michigan’s program.
Due to their support of the bills, republicans like Schuette are being heavily criticized. In fact, AG Schuette is currently facing a possible recall, mostly due to his staunch, anti-marijuana viewpoints. Signatures are currently being gathered for this effort.
Less than two weeks after the deplorable raid on the Ann Arbor dispensaries, hundreds of residents are already impassioned enough to gather outside the capital. As predicted, audacious action by officials prompted a heavy recoil from the populace, and one that cannot be ignored.
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