Well folks I have to admit I was quite surprised by the latest decision from the Michigan Supreme Court. In People v Rodney L. Koon the Supreme Court in a unanimous opinion reversed the Court of Appeals. The opinion said that the Court of Appeals erroneously held that the Michigan Vehicle Code “ operating a motor vehicle with any amount of a schedule 1 controlled substance in the driver’s body, even if the driver used marijuana under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA).” Now I know that ALL the judges on the Court of Appeals have more education than I do. But what I don’t understand is how you can become a judge and not have the ability to read and comprehend? That befuddles me. They have had to have read the MMMA, or you would hope they had? It clearly says, as the Supreme Court pointed out, “All other acts and parts of acts inconsistent with this act do not apply to the medical use of marihuana as provided for by this act.” Now truth be told the MMMA also says that the “act shall not permit any person to “operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while under the influence of marihuana.” I will admit we have no test to measure “under the influence” when it comes to marijuana. That is not our fault. The law is clear and it’s a shame that judges on the Court of Appeals got it so wrong. I suspect they just did not read the MMMA, just as many of those who claimed that it was a poorly written had never actually read it. Another telling fact, besides the unanimous opinion, is that the Supreme Court agreed with the arguments made by Koon’s appellate attorneys and decided the case without even hearing oral arguments or allowing the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor to file a reply brief, a big FUCK YOU if you ask me.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
A Column by John Sinclair
If all goes well, by the time you read this column I’ll have completed my 5-month residency at the New Orleans Institute for the Imagination and be back in Amsterdam to start the summer. I’ve had a great time in the crescent City, spending many quality hours and days with my daughter Celia and my hosts Frenchy the Painter (uptown by Oak Street) and Jimmy Cass (downtown in the 9th Ward), playing some gigs with Tom Worrell and with Carlo Ditta, sitting in with Henry Butler and Glen David Andrews, and smoking consistently excellent illegal weed provided by one of my oldest and dearest pals.
By Ben Horner
Things in the medical marijuana community are in a constant state of flux, as it seems the rules are changing constantly. Many growers in Michigan are suspicious of currant legislation to regulate dispensaries and how it could restrict grower’s rights. There is widespread concern about how cannabis should be cultivated and if caregivers will have a place in the future.
Several groups are mounting efforts to explore future legalization efforts here in Michigan, but very few understand how to successfully accomplish this task.
I asked Tim Beck to way in on some of these tough questions. Here is what he had to say.
The cannabis farmers market is a phenomenon of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, and offers a unique way for patients and caregivers to come together to exchange information, genetics and medication. Just like at your local farmers market where you go to purchase locally grown produce, dairy, meat and other cottage industry products, the medical marijuana farmers market have local growers vend their medical marijuana. These vendors typically pay a fee to rent a table to display and transfer their wares. These places are a great alternative to dispensaries for several reasons.
5th Michigan Medical Marijuana Conference
Clarion Hotel, 2900 Jackson Avenue, Ann
August 23, 24 & 25th
6th Michigan Medical Marijuana Conference
Grand Traverse Spa & Resort, 100 Grand Traverse
September 27, 28 & 29th
The argument that legalizing medical marijuana increases use among teens has been a key point for anti-marijuana groups to manipulate, even though no evidence exists to support those claims. In January, Patrick Kennedy (son of the late Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy) formed Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) in an attempt to rejuvenate the fear that marijuana once endured. He travels the country speaking to groups about the dangers of marijuana even though it was his addiction to OxyContin and alcohol that led to his political demise. In 2006, he fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed his car into a barrier near the U.S. Capitol. His problems forced him to retire from the House of Representatives. Kennedy recently stated that research now makes it clear that marijuana is a gateway drug that can induce psychosis, creating “devastating health consequences,” Unfortunately for Kennedy, this research doesn’t exist. What does exist is a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health in which researchers at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainseville determined that the enactment of state medical marijuana laws does not lead to an increase in teen marijuana use.