UPDATE: Marijuana Laws

As of April 6th, it’s now available to get your medical marijuana card from the Department of Community Health!! All you need to do is fill out the Medical Marijuana Form and send it to the department. You should receive your medical card to smoke/grow medical marijuana within 15 days! A lot of people don’t know, but after Proposal 1 passed, the Michigan Department of Community Health released the “Draft Rules” for the whole registration process. They ended up changing the rules on a lot of things. This made lots of people angry. You can view everything they tried changing here. Some of the things they tried changing was making it manditory to keep track of all your marijuana and having the place you grow your marijuana openly published on your medical marijuana card. This is obviously a major problem because a lot people will steal your green. Especially if they see your medical marijuana card. All the rules they tried re-writing was complete Bullshit. To view all the mistakes they made, click here.

Fortunately, the State had a meeting about the draft rules on January 5th 2009. An overwhelming amount of people showed up to express their opinions about the changes they’ve made (that we didn’t vote for). Luckily, they re-released the rules with all of the changes fixed. Review all the changes here. Now the laws are something similar to what we voted in (Proposal 1)…

Here’s the full videos of what happened that day:

Here’s an article about it:

The revised rules for the state medical marijuana program were released last week and we could not be more pleased.

Gone from the new rules are the objectionable provisions contained in the Dec 5 draft. Gross violations of patient privacy, plant production logs and inventories, defining private homes as public space are all gone.

As commented upon in an earlier column, the Dec. 5 rules did not match with the law voters approved in November. Nowhere in the law was it envisioned that patients would be forced to disclose private information to authorities, that patients cultivating their own medicine would be subject to random searches, nor that they be compelled to hand over to law enforcement written documentation of their inventories, which was equivalent to documenting a federal crime. The state Department of Community Health was put on notice at the Jan. 5 hearing by medical marijuana patients and advocates that it was overreaching its authority.

Fortunately, state administrators were willing to listen and talk to leaders within our activist community. Over the last six weeks, there has been considerable discussion as both sides sought common ground. And we really did agree on much more than we disagreed. We all want to live in an orderly society — no one wants to arrest or exploit cancer patients. We all agree that like or loathe the law, it is the law. It is in everyone’s best interest that implementation goes smoothly.

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3 Responses to “UPDATE: Marijuana Laws”

  1. Alex B J-Crew says:

    Thank god!

  2. devan devan says:

    I was at that meeting!

  3. River River says:

    Now we know who the sneslibe one is here. Great post!

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