The Michigan appeals court says there’s nothing illegal about a medical marijuana user providing a small amount of pot to another registered user at no cost.
The appeals court agreed on January 30 2013, Wednesday with a Barry County judge who had dismissed charges against Tony Green. Mr. Green provided less than 2.5 ounces to Al Thornton in Nashville, Mich., in September 2011. Both were qualified to use medical marijuana.
One key issue here is this was not a sale. The court said that state-registered patients can legally deliver the drug to one another, as long as they don’t exchange money.
The other good news is, seeds can shared between people who are qualified to use medical marijuana.
The Michigan Department of Community health has received 2000 applications for marijuana use cards.
- 700 are still pending,
- 260 were denied, most for improperly filled-out applications,
- 1040 applications were approved
As of 04/20/2009, the Michigan Department of Community Health stated they have received applications for ID cards from 483 people.
The Michigan Department of Community Health, Medical Marijuana Program Web site, all an applicant must do is complete the forms on the Web site, have a physician certify them as a “qualifying patient” and pay an application fee of $100, or $25 if enrolled in a Medicaid health plan or receiving Supplemental Security Income.
Not so easily done of course, because finding a doctor who will fill out the form for you can potentially be a problem.
Please visit our page of Clinics and Doctors for help.
At first there was only one clinic helping patients get letters to apply for their Medical Marijuana ID cards in Michigan. That clinic was run by The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation.
Now we have a list of Clinics and Doctors willing to review your request and issue a letter to you if you meet the criteria.
The proposed rules state that a registered patient may grow up to 12 marijuana plants, and the plants must be kept in an enclosed and locked facility. For the average person that means in a separate locked spare bedroom, a separate room in the basement with a locked door or a closet with a lock on the door.
The application process has begun. Now will they tell us how many are approved and how many are denied? Will we be able to find out why applications get denied? We wait with anticipation to see how well this will work.
That’s the target date for The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP), the michigan registry program within the Bureau of Health Professions at the Michigan Department of Community Health. The program will administer the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as approved by Michigan voters on November 4, 2008. The program will implement the statutory tenants of this act in such a manner that protects the public and assures the confidentialty of its participants.
So look for the final rules and procedures to be published in a few days. It remains to be seen if the rules will be reasonable. Maybe you will be able to smoke on your front porch, maybe not! Seriously!
Eric Holder, the new US Attorney General says Obama’s promise to stop DEA raids on Medical Marijuana is now official policy.That’s good news for Michigan residents who are hoping to use the new law without getting caught up in Federal prosecution.
Now we have to wait and see what will happen to recent cases in the system that were started before Obama took office.
Let’s all say NO to Pop tarts and all things made by Kellogg.
They are perpetuating stereotypes about marijuana by dropping Michael Phelps. According to the National Institute of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, link, these are all side effects of smoking marijuana;
- Psychosis, hallucinations, delusions, depersonalization
- Impairs the immune system
- Impairs short-term memory
- Impairs attention, judgment, and other cognitive functions
- Impairs coordination and balance
- Increases heart rate
- Increases risk of chronic lung disease and infections
And we can see these effects on Michael Phelps, right? Um, NO. Michael is mentally healthy, focused, disciplined, determined, and in excellent physical health.
Instead of people reflecting on how an occasional episode of marijuana use obviously hasn’t hurt Phelps’ performance one bit he was pressured to apologize.
We don’t need irrational hysteria, we need logical thinking. Michael Phelps photographed with a bong ought to give people an opportunity to rethink the propaganda on marijuana.
If Michael Phelps smokes now and then, it disproves all the hysteria.
So I say boycott Kellogg products.
This is the contradiction in the new law. If you are approved and registered for marijuana use, you can use marijuana, but there’s no legal way to get it. You will have to break a law of some kind to get your supply.
The Problem, What You Can’t Do Legally
- You can’t get a prescription for it.
- You can’t buy it at the drugstore.
- You can’t buy it on the street.
- You can’t buy it from a friend or relative.
- You can’t buy seeds to grow it.
What you CAN do Legally
- You can grow it, except you can’t buy seeds.
- You can use a letter from a doctor that you need marijuana as a defense in court
Clearly even legal marijuana use is in a transition period.
What you should do, if you need marijuana for your health
- Make an appointment at the new Southfield clinic to get your doctors letter.
- Save any seeds you might have for growing.
- Start setting up a locked grow room.
- Wait until the Michigan Department of Community Health finalizes their rules and starts accepting applications for registered patients before you start to grow your own.