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.
A COMMENT ON HOUSE BILL 4210
(This bill legalizes edibles and concentrates, albeit in the most obtuse and restrictive manner)
Please note, pg. 11, yes, the patient or caregiver MAY make a “marijuana infused product” for the personal use of a patient. HOWEVER,, PG 12, a patient “SHALL NOT TRANSPORT OR POSSESS A MARIHUANA INFUSED PRODUCT IN OR UPON A MOTOR VEHICLE”.
(My god, what will happen to me if I take a batch of my cookies over to the cottage?)
You CAN transport an edible bought at a dispensary, if it has a label with all the required information, and it is in the trunk or “not readily accessible from the interior of the vehicle”. Any edible being transported must also be in a “sealed and labeled package”, with a label that has the weight, “name of manufacturer, date of manufacture’, the name of the person you got the product from, and the date you got it.
THERE IS NO MENTION IN THE ACT OF HOW PATIENTS COULD LEGALLY TRANSPORT HOMEMADE CANNABIS INFUSED MEDICINES. I suppose a patient could be required to label a batch of cookies they just made with all this information – but that is transparently ridiculous…I hope.SOMETHING HAS TO BE ADDED TO EXPLAIN HOW HOME MADE EDIBLES CAN BE LEGALLY TRANSPORTED.
THE HOUSE FISCAL AGENCY’S LEGISLATIVE ANALYSIS OF THESE TWO ACTS
IS VERY SKEPTICAL THAT THE SYSTEM WILL WORK AS IT IS WRITTEN – but rationality is no match for modern reefer madness in the Michigan Legislature.
The legislative and fiscal analysts point out that 113 new LARA employees will be required for marijuana regulation. Thirty-four new state police are projected to be hired “for criminal enforcement activity related to medical marijuana”. Evidently these police have no job other than to harass medical marijuana users; they can see the real time operations of every cannabis company on their computers, and choose their targets, and levy their fines.
The fiscal office points out that LARA based it’s cost estimates on a system of full marijuana legalization, and, while these costs may be appropriate for full legalization, they do not seem to be applicable to medical marijuana needs.
THE ANNUAL COST OF ENFORCEMENT IS PROJECTED TO BE OVER $21 MILLION.
There are purported to be 96,408 current patients in Michigan. If you divide that number by $21 million it is about $218 per patient. On page 16 the Fiscal Office uses the figure of $227 per patient as the cost of enforcement, and this doesn’t include the cost of the “tracking information technology system”, and other fees and taxes.
THE PROBLEM WITH THIS THINKING IS THAT MOST MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS IN MICHIGAN NEVER GO TO A DISPENSARY, or go only for special needs – such as topical products or Simpson oil. With no hard data, I estimate that a bit less than one quarter of registered patients shop for medical marijuana at dispensaries. If that were true, the annual cost of enforcement PER DISPENSARY SHOPPER WOULD BE AROUND $1000. What other industry operates under that kind of burden?
The Fiscal Office notes: “there is a possibility that the medical marijuana market envisioned under this bill would not bear the regulatory costs as estimated by LARA”.
Page 17 – They are already giving money to county sheriffs directly from the Medical Marijuana Fund, which had built up a balance of over $26,000,000.
“HOUSE BILL 4827 ADDS NEW MISDEMEANORS AND CIVIL INFRACTIONS” AND WILL INCREASE COSTS RELATED TO JAILS AND LOCAL MISDEMEANOR PROBATION SUPERVISION.”!
Is that the direction Michigan voters wanted this to go?
ARE YOU READY TO GIVE MONEY AND GET SIGNATURES FOR MILEGALIZE?
Milegalize will provide full local control of the marijuana industry; safety and selection will be optimal, with public health and safety fully protected. The mayor of Ann Arbor was asked about problems with the city’s ten dispensaries; Mayor Hieftje said, “It doesn’t come up”.
ONLY NOW CAN WE STOP THIS SICKO LEGISLATION AND THE OTHER BALLOT MEASURES WHICH PROMISE MUCH THE SAME THING! AFTER DECEMBER IT WILL BE TOO LATE TO INFLUENCE MICHIGAN’S CANNABIS POLICY FOR THE FUTURE.
After that you could loudly complain, or beg for crumbs from the table. Maybe you could get a cannabis business license - and spend most of your day providing information for cops.
NO! DIG IN NOW! PLEASE COME TO THE FUNDRAISERS AND HELP US CAPTURE THE LATEST $100,000 MATCHING GRANT!! LEGALIZE THE RIGHT WAY!
"When we add all these layers of regulations, we are increasing the cost in the legal market, thereby giving a huge advantage to the illegal market," Irwin said. "If we grab too tightly, this may squeeze through our fingers, and we end up with less control rather than more control."
Michigan MILegalize fundraisers
We hope you can be there or contribute big-time to MILegalize at our website on PayPal, or send checks to Box 1358, East Lansing, MI 48826!!
Have you got your sheets and boards? This has to be a big week for signatures!
FLINT – special high end fundraiser hosted by attorney Bruce Leach *TOMORROW!!!*
WHEN - Friday October 16, 2015, from 7 to 9 PM
WHERE - the Flint Golf Club West Room, 3100 Lakewood Drive, Flint, MI
SPEAKERS - will include local and statewide elected officials, MILegalize board members, and attorney Bruce Leach.
PLEASE COME! This will be an elegant and informative evening and a big boost for MILegalize. Drinks and food will be donated by the Kirsch Leach and Associates Law firm.
LEVELS OF SUPPORT: GOLD - $1000, PLATINUM $2000, GREEN $5000
On Thursday October 29th from 6pm to 9pm we will be having a fundraising cocktail party with a stellar program atRichard App Gallery located at 910 Cherry SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.
We will have fabulous hors d'oeuvres from Kangaroo Kitchen plus wine and great Michigan beer.
The ticket price is $150 general admission,
$2500 Hero. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite or our website MILegalize.com/donate or by contacting the MI Legalize office at 884-LEGAL-16. For more information please contact Michael Tuffelmire at 616-589-6776.”
The date is set - October 28th - for our Detroit Fundraiser at the Roostertail!
This will be our biggest effort.
The end of October is the end of the current $100,000 matching period.
Drinks and a full dinner will be provided, along with an excellent cast of speakers & hopefully a surprise guest!
Doors Open at 6:00/Dinner at 7:00 with Auction immediately following.
DONATION LEVELS – Supporter -$500 per person or $800 per couple. Sustainer Level Donor - $1000 Gold Level Donor $ 1400 Platinum Level Donor $2500 Green Level Donor $5000
6:00 PM Guest Arrival
6:00-9:30 Roostertail Beer and Wine Bar
Wine: Chardonnay, White zin, Cab, Merlot and Moscato. Beer: Imported and Domestic
6:45 Guests seated for Dinner
7:00 Dinner Service
First Course - Caesar Salad Or Autumn seasonal mix.
Entree - Chef's signature stuffed chicken with Michigan Cherries and Homemade Stuffing + Stir-fry veggies + Roasted redskin potatoes
OR Chef Designer Vegetarian meal
8:15-9:45 Silent Auction/Networking
10:00 pm Guest Departure.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE ROOSTERTAIL, OUR MOST CRITICAL FUNDRAISING EVENT!
Please give before October 24, if you can!! This is the end of the campaign finance reporting period.
The future regulation of cannabis in Michigan will be decided in the next six weeks, by how much money and effort you put into MILegalize.
The future of cannabis could go the way of the legislature/MRC/MCC. It could be permanently regulated as being highly dangerous, requiring massive police and regulatory slush funds (to be funded by consumers), and generating lots of tax revenue - by continuing to keep the price artificially high. This stifling, oppressive, ossified sort of structure will prevent cannabis from being able to develop its full potential to help human culture.
OR, We can adopt the flexible vision of local control that is the core of MILegalize! MILegalize knows that localities need very clear regulations at this time and they need to enforce them, but we look toward a future where cannabis sativa is truly freed; where it is allowed to be treated as a plant. It is extremely nutritious to eat both as a seed and as a “green”; and perfect for making fabrics, paper, and plastics. Cannabis medicine could be very effective but inexpensive, and the plant is spiritually meaningful for millions worldwide.
We need to act as Americans – who have inherent rights – and one of them is to have full use of the plants of creation – for whatever use we desire. My wife has never smoked anything, but wants a field of cannabis to make the juice that takes the swelling out of her knuckles and provides relief from arthritic pain. She would not spend the money to buy a product like this, but she never goes without it. We are just at the beginning of the age of cannabis; only a high degree of freedom will allow us to learn the full potentials of cannabis: and being a part of that process is deeply fulfilling and joyful. GO MILEGALIZE!