THE POLICE WELFARE, BIG GOVERNMENT, “GOTCHA” DISPENSARY LAWS FOR MICHIGAN – ARE THEY REALLY SO BAD?

THE POLICE WELFARE, BIG GOVERNMENT, “GOTCHA” DISPENSARY LAWS FOR MICHIGAN – ARE THEY REALLY SO BAD?

 

Yes, sorry, THEY ARE!   And the majority of Michigan patients reject them!

The intent of these ludicrous, unworkable, superexpensive bills has nothing to do with creating simple, safe, and affordable access to cannabis medicine. Legislators’ intent  with these bills is to feed police budgets directly, provide new victims for the police industrial complex, and pretend they have “brought clarity” to the “hazy” question of medical marijuana.

THE ONLY HOPE FOR REASONABLE REGULATION IS TO FIGHT LIKE HELL FOR MILEGALIZE RIGHT NOW!

     More voters voted for Medical Marijuana in 2008 than ever voted for anything in the history of Michigan. A 63% yes vote is not just an overwhelming landslide, it is a mandate that demands decisive action to get safe access to medical marijuana for Michiganders, and lower the artificially high price.

     Six years later the Michigan legislature is poised to pass absurd and unworkable dispensary regulations. They are transparent about not having the slightest concern about medical marijuana patients, cannabis consumers, or principles of limited government. Former Sheriff and Boss of the Senate, Rick Jones, is crystal clear that only police opinions count,"I'm going to make sure that Michigan State Police, the sheriffs, the chiefs of police and the prosecutors are on board, so I may have to tighten it up a bit…" 

     As I demonstrate why the new dispensary laws are absurd/viciously oppressive/ unworkable, remember that Sheriff Jones has promised to make them worse before they are passed. He is an unabashed advocate for police control of the Michigan legislature

     Also remember that the MILegalize initiative has a paragraph specifically designed to preclude or negate the unwieldy and expensive requirements of the police dispensary laws. We make it clear that no regulation of marijuana business can be “unreasonably impractible”.

[FROM THE MILegalize INITIATIVE, “Unreasonably impracticable” means that the measures necessary to comply with the regulations require such a high risk or investment of money, time, or any other resource or asset so as to discourage a reasonably prudent business person from engaging in the operation of a marihuana establishment or hemp businesses.]

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Marijuana is “one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man” according to Federal Judge Francis Young. It is far safer than water, since you die if you drink too much water.

SECURE TRANSPORT? What were they thinking?

New regulations would require that all cannabis materials and cash be transported between growers, processors, and retail outlets by “secure transporters” – meaning armored cars and more men with guns. Regulations like this may make sense regarding a biological warfare agent or a very hazardous waste; and commerce does contain merchandise of great value and danger, like guns, dynamite, diamonds, liquor and gold – but only this medicine of peace, from a flower, requires secure transport. Even seeds and tiny cuttings require secure transport.

TRACKING?  “Big Brother”s wet dream…these are the guys against BIG GOVERNMENT?

     Tracking requirements are so complex that the expense will be enormous. No operator will ever be able to meet every requirement at every moment, and thus will always be vulnerable to a bust by the new medical marijuana police.

     Details are kept on all patient and caregiver purchases, including “information identifying the patient”, and “totals”.

     Every product and process must be “linked to unique identification numbers”.  Inventory, test results, transportation details, conversion records, production facility info., name of product, batch number, package number, sales, returns, waste disposal, recalls, and thefts or diversions must be identified, weighed, and information transferred to police and the department. Then operators must report on any discrepancies…as well as “adverse patient responses”, and “dose related efficacy issues”.

     Police are provided with real time access to all transactions and records, and can come into any marijuana business at any time, without any notice.  Applicants for a medical marijuana business license must sign a paper to relinquish their rights.

     All of this is pure pork barrel spending, providing a new feeding trough for cops and bureaucrats – directly out of the pockets of medical patients, who have no insurance coverage for their medicine, and now get to pay extra tax on it.

 Dispensaries have run well in some Michigan towns for five years under only local regulation. All this valuable experience was ignored.

NOTES ON 4209

PG 10 – They plan to “establish maximum THC levels for marijuana infused products”.

15 – “the need to inspect and investigate is presumed at all times”

18 – They can enter, inspect, and audit at any time without notice.

Also, any person inside a dispensary gives up constitutional rights; police can go through any pockets or bags.

41 - there will be three classes of growers licenses, Class A – 500 plants, Class B – 1000 plants, Class C 1500 plants

45 – Even testing centers (safety compliance facilities) must track and report all materials and weights

46 – The 3% tax will go to a Medical Marijuana Excise Fund, and 5% of this fund will immediately be given to county sheriffs – with no direction as to spending.

47 – There is a “Regulatory Assessment” on marijuana businesses to pay for all the layers of enforcement – which can be as high as $10,000 for a Class A grower.

Upon passage, this bill will give $8,500,000 (which does not exist yet) “for funding of the department and the board”.

“Compiled financial statements of the licensees’ total operations” must be annually prepared by a CPA - for the board and the municipality.

A 15 member Marijuana Advisory Panel will be created, and 11 members are from the police or government.

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MILegalize Fundraiser October 25th in Ypsilaniti's Historic Depot Town

MILegalize Fundraiser October 25th in Ypsilanti's Historic Depot Town

Please Join us Starting at 6:30 P.M. at Sidetrack's Located at 56 E. Cross St, Ypsilanti 

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GRAND RAPIDS FUNDRAISER HELPS MILEGALIZE START SECOND HALF OF LEGALIZATION CAMPAIGN

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Matching funds of up to $100,000 in month of October “a goal we can reach;” cocktail party at Richard App Gallery on October 29

 

October 9, 2015/GRAND RAPIDS- A Grand Rapids art gallery will host a fundraiser for the MILegalize petition drive on October 29.  

 The fundraiser will be held at the impressive Richard App Gallery and includes a cocktail party with select speakers. The event was conceived and organized by MILegalize Board Member Michael Tuffelmire from Grand Rapids. Tufflemire is a veteran political operative in the Grand Rapids area. “I believe the state’s west side is full of staunch legalization supporters who know this is unique moment in our state’s history,” he said. “They want to be a part of it.”

 MILegalize is the common name for the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee. The petition drive was launched June 25th in a ceremony held on the steps of the State Capitol Building. MILegalize has until Christmas to collect 253,000 valid signatures on petitions to ensure the issue of legalized adult use of marijuana appears on the November 2016 general election ballot.

 The event is scheduled to coincide with a matching funds donation period. A generous angel donor has volunteered to double all monies raised by the MILegalize campaign during the month of October, up to a maximum of $100,000. The campaign has met previous matching funds offers, including a $100,000 offer concluded in July and a $50,000 matching contribution in August.

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DETROIT FUNDRAISER HELPS MILEGALIZE START SECOND HALF OF LEGALIZATION CAMPAIGN

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The Roostertail Restaurant to host Detroit area fundraiser in support of marijuana legalization campaign; donations from October 28 event will be doubled

 

October 9, 2015/LANSING- As the group launches the second half of their petition drive to place marijuana legalization for adult use on the November 2016 ballot, the MILegalize campaign announces a Detroit fundraiser at the city’s swanky eatery The Roostertail Restaurant.

 MILegalize is the common name for the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee. The petition drive was launched June 25th in a ceremony held on the steps of the State Capitol Building. MILegalize has until Christmas to collect 253,000 valid signatures on petitions to ensure the issue of legalized adult use of marijuana appears on the November 2016 general election ballot.

 The event is scheduled to coincide with a matching funds donation period. A generous angel donor has volunteered to double all monies raised by the MILegalize campaign during the month of October, up to a maximum of $100,000. The campaign has met previous matching funds offers, including a $100,000 offer concluded in July and a $50,000 matching contribution in August.

 “Detroit is an important part of the MILegalize plan,” said MILegalize Chair Jeffrey Hank. “No statewide campaign can be successful without the support of the southeastern Michigan political and business community. This region has a tradition of leadership in the state’s social evolution, and the fundraiser will give people a chance to participate in history.”

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FLINT FUNDRAISER HELPS MILEGALIZE START SECOND HALF OF LEGALIZATION CAMPAIGN

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Exclusive event sponsored by the Kirsch Leach Law Firm brings activism to the Flint Golf Club on October 16; donations from the event will be doubled

 

October 9, 2015/FLINT- As the group launches the second half of their petition drive to create personal use and business rules for a legalized marijuana industry, the MILegalize campaign announces a Genesee County fundraiser dinner at the Flint Golf Club on October 16.   

MILegalize is the common name for the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee. The petition drive was launched June 25th in a ceremony held on the steps of the State Capitol Building. MILegalize has until Christmas to collect 253,000 valid signatures on petitions to ensure the issue of legalized adult use of marijuana appears on the November 2016 general election ballot.

 The event is scheduled to coincide with a matching funds donation period. A generous anonymous donor has volunteered to double all monies raised by the MILegalize campaign during the month of October, up to a maximum of $100,000. The campaign has met previous matching funds offers, including a $100,000 offer concluded in July and a $50,000 matching contribution in August.

 Flint-area businesses have been a strong factor in the success of the first half of MILegalize’s campaign. “We held a Town Hall rally at The Sweet Leaf,” said Flint Township resident and MILegalize Board member Rick Thompson. “Our support is strong in Genesee County.”

The Flint Golf Club event is being sponsored by the law firm of Kirsch Leach and Associates. “This event is a special kind of gift to the MIlegalize ballot proposal, and we’re grateful to the firm for hosting,” said MILegalize Chair Jeffrey Hank.

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MILEGALIZE BEGINS SECOND HALF OF LEGALIZATION CAMPAIGN WITH FUNDRAISERS

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Matching funds of up to $100,000 in month of October “a goal we can reach;” Grand Rapids, Detroit, Flint events announced.

 

October 9, 2015/LANSING- The MILegalize ballot proposal to bring legalized adult use of marijuana to Michigan is in the home stretch of the signature gathering campaign. Events are scheduled across the state to secure funding for the final chapter of their historic petitioning campaign- and to take advantage of a matching funds offer of $100,000.   

MILegalize is the common name for the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee. The petition drive was launched June 25th in a ceremony held on the steps of the State Capitol Building. MILegalize has until Christmas to collect 253,000 valid signatures on petitions to ensure that the issue of legalized adult use of marijuana appears on the November 2016 general election ballot.

Fundraising dinners will take place at The Roostertail Restaurant in Detroit on October 28; The Richard App Gallery in Grand Rapids on October 29; in the Flint Golf Club’s West Room on October 16, an event coordinated by Grand Blanc attorney Bruce Leach and the law firm of Kirsch Leach and Associates.

“Donations gained at each of the events will be matched by our campaign’s angel donor,” said MILegalize Chair Jeffrey Hank, an attorney from Lansing. “This is the perfect time for our supporters to get involved for the first time or to renew their commitment to seeing the campaign to a successful conclusion.” The campaign has met previous matching funds offers, including a $100,000 offer concluded in July and a $50,000 matching contribution in August.  

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MILegalize and the Newly Passed House Marijuana Bills

Questions and Answers About Marihuana Legislation

 

By David Cahill, Attorney at Law




Q.  How does an initiative differ from ordinary legislation?

A.  Ordinary legislation is enacted by the Michigan Legislature.  But Article II, Section 9 of the Michigan Constitution reserves to the people the power to enact laws directly by popular vote.  This initiative power allows citizens to act where the Legislature has failed or refused to do so.  Marihuana legislation is a classic case of the people acting in the face of legislative failure.  

For example, our Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) was enacted by initiative in November, 2008.  Our MILegalize proposal will be on the ballot in November, 2016 if we get enough petition signatures.  We need 8% of the number of all votes cast for governor in 2014.

Q.  Why should I care about the initiative process?

A.  The Constitution says that an initiative enacted by the people can only be amended by a vote of three-fourths of the members of each house of the Legislature.  (An initiative can also be amended by another initiative.)  

So it will take an unusual consensus vote of the Legislature to amend either our existing Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, or our proposed initiative.  The three-fourths requirement is an important protection of the people’s will.  There are enough marihuana-friendly legislators now to prevent the sabotage of an initiated law.  There have been a few changes in the MMMA in the past few years, but these have been purely technical and have had the overwhelming support of both Democratic and Republican legislators.

One of the bills in the three-bill medical marihuana package that recently passed the House—House Bill 4210—would amend the MMMA by legalizing “medibles”.  This is a badly-needed change, and was approved by a nearly unanimous vote of the House.

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MILegalize is not only the best option for the citizens of Michigan

MILegalize is not only the best option for the citizens of Michigan, it is now the only sane and sensible choice.

Some suggest that we swallow the "bitter pill" and let rich investors, crooked officials and law enforcement pave the way for legalization. At least in Michigan- there is more than one option.

The only viable approach to sensible cannabis policy in Michigan without unnecessary restrictions and costs - is MILegalize.

The Michigan legislature is creating an overly regulated system that will allow the illegal markets to thrive. If you currently have a business in, or related to, the cannabis industry or aspire to do so, and do not want the situation as you know it, to completely take a turn for the worse- if a level and fair playing field with which to compete in this new and dynamic market is a more appealing scenario, it is urgent that you support the MILegalize comprehensive approach to cannabis law reform.

Corrupted politicians, greedy big money interests, and the police- dictating cannabis policy based on myths and their own respective interests- does not equal a reasonable and functional law.

Donate, volunteer, sign - $100,000 in matching funds for October. There will also be three major fundraisers in Flint Oct 17, Detroit Oct 28and Grand Rapids Oct 29www.MILegalize.com

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Volunteer Spotlight - Steve Battershell

Steve Battershell was born in Detroit in 1969,  and moved with his family to Roscommon when he was young. He came from an artistic family, both of his sisters and one brother are all fine artists. Steve followed the family tradition by studying art in high school and later getting a scholarship to go to Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. He graduated in 1988 with a dual degree in Commercial Art and Photography. After graduation he was hired by a graphic design studio in Midland. He moved to there in 1989 and has been creating commercial art and photography since then for clients like The Dow Chemical Company, Gerber Baby Food, Chevrolet, Walmart and hundreds of smaller clients and corporations. 

He left the agency in 2002 and started his own design studio called Realm30 Media and has survived the economic downturn, watched two competitor studios fold, and is still going strong today.  

He volunteered for MI Legalize because he has always felt Cannabis should not be illegal, and enforcement is a gross waste of tax payer money and is devastating to families. He liked the MI Legalize proposal and felt strongly it would be good for Michigan and it's citizens. He is also looking forward to being able to work with new businesses when legalization occurs and having some new business opportunities open up.

 

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MILegalize is on Track - but we have to Finish Strong

MILEGALIZE IS ON TRACK – BUT WE HAVE TO FINISH STRONG WITH VOLUNTEER SIGNATURES, AND DONATIONS!

     The new $100,000 matching donation to MILegalize SHOWS THAT WE CAN WIN THIS, AND TRUMP THE FOOLISHNESS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND THE MRC AND THE MCC BEFORE IT EVER TAKES ROOT!

     And, if we cannot match this most generous gift we are toast…and maybe we will deserve all the backward looking, expensive, and oppressive cannabis regulations that are coming in Michigan…but the average patient or consumer doesn’t deserve them.

     Cities like Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have had well regulated dispensaries for 5 years. These fine examples were ignored…to be replaced with unnecessary police and expense.

     The gentleman who stands to give the MILegalize campaign more than $257,000 does not even smoke pot, or grow, or have a cannabis business.  His gift is an act of moral leadership; he has seen the destruction that cannabis prohibition causes to our citizens, our society, and our values. He wants legalization – and safe access- as human rights issues, and he doesn’t want any disturbance in the lives of his friends who use cannabis. Even with no personal “dog in the race” he is disgusted by the investor driven quasi monopoly schemes, and the very poor medical marijuana dispensary legislation which has been twisted beyond recognition or rationality in the Michigan legislature.  Like most of us he does not foresee the future of cannabis as being held hostage in a multitiered alcohol based model of regulation, he sees a future where cannabis would be treated as a normal herb or vegetable.  I called him a “tomato person” and he knew what I meant…and advocated for a “free the weed” transition in the future.

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