Michigan Could Become Ninth State With Regulated Medical Marijuana Distribution

May 02, 2012 , ,

News flash to the Obama administration: if your recent crackdown on medical marijuana was intended to discourage states from passing or considering laws that allow for dispensaries, it’s not working. Since a rash of intimidating letters from U.S. Attorneys were distributed early last year, state regulated dispensaries have opened in Maine, and laws that call for them were enacted in Vermont and Delaware. Four other “states” (Washington D.C. is one) are in some stage of implementing regulated dispensaries, and two states, Colorado and New Mexico, have regulated dispensaries that have been up and running throughout this time.

Now Michigan might be joining them. Earlier today legislation was introduced in Lansing that would explicitly recognize medical marijuana dispensaries—known as “provisioning centers” under the bill. It sets minimum statewide security and safety regulations, but allows local municipalities to regulate them further.  The bill aims to clarify what the Michigan press often calls a legal “gray area,” in which dispensaries currently operate but are often raided or shut down and subject to radically different treatment from one city to the next.

The irony of Obama’s crackdown is that it uses the Controlled Substances Act to prevent states from doing just that – controlling substances. In fact, Representative Mike Callton, a Republican, says he’s sponsoring the bill to help keep surplus marijuana out of the black market. “It also provides for local control,” Callton said. “A locality can determine if that’s right for their community and if that’s right for their community, how many do they want?”

Jimmy Kimmel drew laughs at this weekend’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner for calling out the president on his senseless crackdown. Let’s hope the continuing tide of states defying that crackdown shows the president this is no laughing matter.

14 responses to “Michigan Could Become Ninth State With Regulated Medical Marijuana Distribution”

  1. You’ve gotta be prepared to play a long game on this one.

    If Obama insists on prohibition refuse to vote for him and let the Democratic Party know this.

    They will tell you that you have to vote for Obama because the Republicans would do much worse, don’t give into this blackmail. If Obama insists on criminalising you don’t vote for him, otherwise you’re agreeing that you are a criminal.

    And if this means a Republican is President then so be it, like I said you have to be prepared to play the long game sometimes. Maybe a Democratic President losing re-election due to pot users with holding their support is exactly what needs to happen for the Democrats to fully get behind the campaign to end Prohibition.

  2. cannabis is Obama’s Ace in the pocket and he wont play it until he needs to or if at all…
    When he feels desperate enough and his reelection slipping away from him…you will see what I am talking about.
    This all could be a way to see the presidents popularity without cannabis supporters… idk maybe I’m just a simpleton because I voted for him the first time.

    -= -.- =-
    oh yea..those are angry eyes Mr. President!

  3. I agree with Yellow Flame more than with David. What a tragedy to let Obama lose to some Republican– worse because the Republican votor constituency is twenty points more anti-cannabis-legalization than Dem equivalent! Even a benign
    Republican like Ron Paul would not be able to escape appointing Republicans to drug czar, NIDA etc.

    Consider that other Chicago President– Abe Lincoln who vacillated and wiggled to avoid the decision to delegalize slavery– he was quoted saying, “If I could save the Union without abolishing slavery I would do it.” It took over two years of bloodshed– World War Zero– and some battlefield victories to give him the nerve the sign the Proclamation (1863).

  4. I have to agree with David. Believe it or not! Obama did not win in South Carolina in 2008, but he did win in Charleston County, Ya’ll know the place where the Civil War began.

  5. The biggest enemy of the end of Marijuanas prohibition are the stereotypical “tye-dye” stoners that the media interview at the pro-canabis events. I need a drug derived from this plant for my ALS. It was almost miricalous overnight I gained normal breathing back. I am a 20 year Veteran. I think that Pres. Bush was way more respectful of state and individual rights than what we have now. The whole Democrat- Republican thing is a diistraction to what is really happening now. Obama has signed laws that can not pass Constitutional inquery, but too many people support him just out of political or racist biases. Go after the real gateway drug tobacco. Who has ever met a person that smokes weed or drinks or does drugs but never had a cigarette?

  6. I live in Louisisna the most humid hot conservative state with the strictest penlties for cannanis in the country. I’m taking a stand putting my family , job, and freedom on the line enough is enough it’s WE THE PEOPLE right if you don’t smoke than don’t smoke but science has already proven cannabis 42o uses from medical to social to economy. TAke A Stand. My will my choice fuck politics

  7. I disagree with the commenters who say that electing a republican would be worse than Obama when it comes to Marijuana laws.
    I guess none of you realize that As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin made pot law enforcement the lowest priority for law enforcement, and worked to decriminalize it across the state.
    Remember, the war on drugs is a Big Government boondoggle, no one loves big government more than Obama and his cronies. They may wave decriminalization, along with Gay Marriage in your face to entice you to vote, then they will turn their backs and do what they want once back in office. Just like in 08 when Obama promised to leave med pot states alone, look how well that turned out.

    When pot is legalized, I’m betting it will be a Republican president that signs the law into effect.

  8. Can somebody please explain to me why we couldn’t get Ron Paul elected? Is he just that unpopular with everybody else? I mean it almost seems like Americans are so dumb they just vote for whoever’s most handsome. They don’t even care what these guys stand for.

  9. Gary Johnson is clearly heads and shoulders above all other presidential candidates. Not only did he save New Mexico from financial ruin while he was governor, he was the driving force behind that state’s medical marijuana implementation. Additionally, he owes no corporations, is totally honest and open, and holds the people’s interest primary.

    He says:

    >>>”The parallels between drug policy today and Prohibition in the 1920’s are obvious, as are the lessons our nation learned. Prohibition was repealed because it made matters worse. Today, no one is trying to sell our kids bathtub gin in the schoolyard and micro-breweries aren’t protecting their turf with machine guns. It’s time to apply that thinking to marijuana. By making it a legal, regulated product, availability can be restricted, under-age use curtailed, enforcement/court/incarceration costs reduced, and the profit removed from a massive underground and criminal economy.

    >>>”By managing marijuana like alcohol and tobacco – regulating, taxing and enforcing its lawful use – America will be better off. The billions saved on marijuana interdiction, along with the billions captured as legal revenue, can be redirected against the individuals committing real crimes against society.”

  10. these are the people (MPP) that initially got this messed up law in our state …it was written in vague and ambiguous terms intentionally so they could come back at a later time and bargain away patients rights for dispensary owners…IMHO that is why there were no provisions for patient to patient transfers…they wanted it to go thru dispensaries and now Michigan has one of the most messed up mmj laws in the country…it will hurt more people than it will help unless your a dispensary owner,which in that case you stand to make a ton of money providing allready financially challenged patients high priced medicine….who can afford 3-600$ an oz medicine when your dying? IMO DO NOT support or donate anything to this group it is a lobby group for big$$ dispensary owners and they have done more harm than good with this f–cked up law they got passed! All for their dispensary owner friends and back door tax and regulate…think about it.
    And the reason the Feds will never allow mmj is because they are the largest importers of cocaine and heroin…that’s why we are in Afghanistan. All you have to do is look at the CIA involvement .Look at ‘mena’ Arkansas where the CIA base for importing is…everyone there knows Clinton and king George the first involvement in drugs to finance black ops for CIA. It’s called hegilian principle…order out of chaos. The military has always been behind all the hard drugzhave in the inner cities…look up general second involvement and his mega ton pot dealing son. People are asleep to what is really going on with the fake war on drugs…it’s hegilian philosophy…thesis …antithesis..synthesis. they create the problem …create the solution…then control the situation. It’s how our government has always worked!

  11. billy bumpkin

    But that’s now how it’s going to work after November. Polls show public support for ending the fraudulent marijuana prohibition has now passed 50 percent, nationwide, with around 60 percent in the Western states. Colorado, Washington and Oregon will likely re-legalize marijuana at the polls in November.

    It’s a whole, new world, and the marijuana-prohibition-industrial-complex that has caused infinite human misery is going down!

  12. @Billy Bumpkin – Why would we write a “vague and ambiguous” law so that we could come back later and bargain away patients rights? If we were in it for dispensaries and not patients, don’t you think we would have included dispensaries when we had the chance to write the law instead of hatching some conspiracy in which the legislature passed it for us 4 years later?

    The truth is that dispensaries were not included in the law because (1) there were no well-functioning, state-regulated dispensary models in place anywhere in the country to point to at that time, and (2) current A.G. and real enemy of patients Bill Schuette was the head of the opposing campaign, and dispensaries were his favorite thing to attack.

    Nothing in the proposed bill we’re supporting would do away with caregiver models or home cultivation. So if you don’t like dispensaries, don’t go there, but let’s try and keep the conversation civil here.

  13. I just hope at least one state legalizes marijuana for everyone, so we can stop the medical marijuana only BS and focus on protecting everyone. Because all use is medical use.

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