Good evening, my name is Chuck Ream. I have been a 33 year kindergarten teacher, a 5 term elected township trustee, a licensed counselor, and I quit all that in 2004 to run Medical Marijuana in Ann Arbor and win at over 74%. I helped form the Safer Michigan Coalition and played a part in 23 local cannabis victories in 19 Michigan cities over eleven years.
Portage, Michigan will legalize it on Nov. 3.
MICHIGAN VOTERS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT LEGAL MARIJUANA IS INEVITABLE - and now we see forces emerging who want to take the money and extort enforcement powers for themselves. This is disgusting, but they will get away with it – unless we provide MILegalize as the clearly preferable alternative for Michigan voters.
We never considered that there could be a “wrong way” to legalize cannabis.
Through boundless toil we convinced Michiganders that legalization is inevitable. We never realized that it could be investors, police and regulators who create legalization - & suck the life out of it to further enrich “the 1%”, and pay for useless bureaucrats and cops … AND create new crimes and arrests.
We come together tonight to build the end of cannabis prohibition in Michigan – the right way! We will legalize, tax and regulate cannabis for adult use, implement “safe access” for medical patients, and let farmers grow hemp. American voters have never been presented with a comprehensive, common sense cannabis proposal, and they will jump at the chance to vote for it.
We begin the end of one of the most massive and absurd chapters of repression in human history. Twenty million Americans have been arrested for marijuana since I was in college. Our prisons have expanded 500 or 600%. Drug war has destroyed our American Bill of Rights, the most precious part of being an American.
How could it possibly have come to be that the nation that was founded on the bedrock principle of personal freedom, on the consent of the governed, holds more than a quarter of all the prisoners on earth? A true American believes that a citizen has individual freedom – and cannabis consumers are no danger to society.
The most fundamental freedom is the freedom of consciousness, without which other freedoms become meaningless. We are here to be the WALL against which cannabis prohibition breaks down and the SEED from which American Values can begin to grow again!
If there was any significant danger from cannabis we should keep it illegal. However, data from Thomas and Davis (2009) shows that about 94% of the “social costs” of cannabis have to do with the costs of enforcement, not the cost of health problems.
Courts have now said that the feds can’t raid dispensaries any longer, so the overregulated, pork barrel legalization schemes are obsolete. Now it is the MILegalize plan that makes sense!
Michigan voters have nothing to fear from the MILegalize proposal. Medical marijuana dispensaries cause hardly a ripple in communities that allow them. There will be few new people growing marijuana plants in homes, since anybody who seriously wants to grow pot has been doing it for quite some time. Licensing large grow operations will result in LESS marijuana being grown in homes.
Sadly, we could never win this by ourselves, but the goddess sent us an angel donor willing to provide over a quarter million dollars. Without this huge gift, given purely on moral principle, we would fail. Matching it is up to every one of us!
To win we have to slightly *increase* our effort – AND THIS SHOULD BE POSSIBLE NOW THAT WE KNOW WE CAN WIN, AND WE HAVE ANOTHER $100,000 GRANT TO MATCH.
HERE ARE REQUIREMENTS IN THE NEW MICHIGAN DISPENSARY LAWS WHICH WOULD BE UNLIKELY TO BE NECESSARY UNDER THE MILEGALIZE SYSTEM OF LOCAL REGULATION.
NEW POLICE AND REGULATORS – 34 new police officers are projected to be hired “for criminal enforcement activity related to medical marijuana”. LARA needs 113 new bureaucrats for marijuana regulation.
TRACKING – With software bought from outstate companies, any cannabis business would have to track, “linked to unique identification numbers”, all plants “from seed to sale”, inventory, test results, transportation details, conversion records, production facility info., name of product, batch number, package number, sales (with all details), returns, waste disposal, recalls; and more.
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 as Americans.
SECURE TRANSPORT It is mandated that all cannabis and money be moved by armored cars or “secure transport”, from grower to processor, from processor to retail, …even seeds and cuttings.
The REGULATORY ASSESSMENT – In House Bill 4209 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 (500 plants), or $30,000 for a Class C grower (1500 plants)
UNWORKABLY EXPENSIVE- The HOUSE FISCAL OFFICE notes: “there is a possibility that the medical marijuana market envisioned under this bill would not bear the regulatory costs”.
If one quarter of Michigan patients got their medicine from dispensaries the regulatory burden could reach $1000 per year per customer!
MORE ARRESTS AND JAIL – The Fiscal Office makes clear that the tracking law “ adds new misdemeanors and civil infractions” and will increase costs related “to jails and misdemeanor probation supervision”.
IS THIS WHAT 63% OF MICHIGAN VOTERS WANTED?, OR WHAT WE WANT?, OR WHAT MICHIGAN VOTERS WANT TODAY?
IF WE GIVE VOTERS AN ALTERNATIVE WITH MILEGALIZE THEY WILL CHOOSE IT!
BUT WE NEED $200,000 RIGHT NOW TO CLOSE IT, AND OUR LARGE AND STRONG MICHIGAN CANNABIS COMMUNITY CAN AFFORD THAT.
Our only chance is right now.
nancial angel. If we can’t even match his belief in us and our cause then we deserve to lose;but the average Michigan patient and cannabis consumer doesn’t deserve the cost and trouble of these “legalization” plans of the 1%, by the 1% for the 1%. We don’t have to accept it; Michigan can LEAD on the question of cannabis – if we can make the ballot.
MONEY AND SIGNATURES, SIGNATURES AND MONEY!
FIGHT TO WIN! MILegalize!