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.]
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.