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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Something is Just Not Right About the Raids in Gaylord - by Ben Horner


     Gaylord Provisions, Natural Remedies, Apothecary of Gaylord, Superior Green Collective, Top Shelf, Compassionate Caregivers, Northern Lights,  and Vanderbilt Holistic are all provisioning centers that were raided on March 27th. Sixteen warrants for 8 businesses and 8 homes in Gaylord, approved by Otsego County prosecutor Mike Rola has yielded no arrests. Over a dozen vehicles, cash, computers, medical records and medical marijuana were seized by the state troopers that worked with Narcotics task forces SANE and TNT. So far locals feel it’s a smash and grab.

     Officers searched homes and businesses, persistently asking, “Where’s the Money?” Victims of the raids explained that during the raids officers were laughing and insisting that the provisioning centers, their patients, and caregivers were a joke.

     These raids came one day before a town hall meeting televised on Northern Michigan Channels 9&10 discussing the potential of legalization of marijuana, which included Grand Traverse Prosecutor Cooney. Don Koshmider from Cadillac Provisions asked why the state wasn’t working on the bills to regulate provisioning centers/dispensaries in Michigan, instead of raiding patients and caregivers. The audience cheered.

     Here is where things get strange. Drew Driver closed his dispensary in Gaylord years ago. According to local patients and caregivers, he currently operates a large warehouse grow behind his family’s electric store in Gaylord. Sources said he doesn’t distribute locally, but he works with dispensaries in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Many people in Gaylord are asking why was he the only one not raided? Was it because he is part of the NPRA?

     After talking to Ken Murray who has two dispensaries in the Traverse City are, we find out that Mark Dragovich and several others within our own community are working to snuff out their competition.

This post was edited on June 30th, 2015

8 comments:

  1. The solution to the hypocrisy of raiding legal marijuana establishments is complete legalization but as long as some of the 'connected' players stand to make big money like big pharma those with legitimate medical need will continue to suffer and be fleeced by 'state licensed' dispensaries! Legalization must be at the top of everyone's political agenda, the bullshit stops when legalization becomes a reality. Legalization will prevent the funneling of money (and power) to any individual or organization, a restricted market is the same as a black market, who benefits? Grow your own until legalization becomes a reality.

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    1. They legally robbed stores caregivers and patients. How do they sleep at night?

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    2. They legally robbed stores caregivers and patients. How do they sleep at night?

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  2. Thugs with badges & guns!!!!!!!

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  3. i am a mmmp cardholder n am being charged as a habitual and supplementented n they r trying to throw me away in prison for 6-10 years for providing 2grams to two people that i thought one one had a card.i am 100% mentally disabled because while fighting liver cancer i was given triad alcohol pads contaminated with anthrax n had a stroke n was legally dead for 4minutes causing synaspes damage to my brain which causes me to have long term crying spells of up to 6hours at a timen severe anyiety i have repeatedly tried to get a cat scan to c what the damage was to my brain n to try to get help dealing with the problems it has caused me n to try to get better because of my problems most of the agencies that should be trying to help me have repeatedly hung up on me n my cmh case managers repeatedly n i receive virtually no help at all except in a few times in the 5years i have been in mi. even though i am mentally disabled by no fault of my own i was going to one of the dispenceries the day they raided them in august of 2015 n the only reason i wasnt caught up in the raid was i came early n went down to the gaylord salvation army to do a little shopping until they opened when i came back there was 7 cop cars in the parking lot n i pulled into the tsc parking lot and had an aniyety attack that raised my bloodpressure to the point that i literally could not breathe i havent been back to gaylord til recently and am scared to drive at night because of my aniyety n fear of the police the roscommon came to the house i was at and without a warrant came into the house on an unrelated incident n came to a closed gate n went thru it n they lied blantantly n said the gate was open to get into the garage n looked thru a window to c the two people i was there with smoking pot they did not c me but heard me they automatically assumed nobody had a card n waited about20 minuted n pushed their way into the house and ended up arresting me n one of the other persons in the house him for posession because he said it was all of our pot n he had gotten it from me well the truth of the matter was i had sold to his mom the day before but i said nothing my attorneyseems to b siding with the procecutor n i m in a very bad way depreesion wise n financially i would like some support n advice of what my options could b it seems to b very easy to set me up n throw me away since i am bipolar manic depressant and have severe aniety disorder i was convicted of man n delivery for giving away .85 tenths of a gram of pot 27 years ago n i got 5-15 years for that n served 6years n 1 day for that less than a gram of pot i gave away 6years n 1day for that charge i am beside myself in the disparaty of sentencing n supposably JUSTICE of the michigan judicial system. 7miles away there is a provisioning center that sells pot for 12.00 a gram but they want to send me away for the rest of my life for selling 2gs because i dont own a dispencery or provisioning store my number is 9898894983 any advice or support would b helpful i am not asking for money just advice n supportthank you very much mark

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  4. i am a mmmp cardholder n am being charged as a habitual and supplementented n they r trying to throw me away in prison for 6-10 years for providing 2grams to two people that i thought one one had a card.i am 100% mentally disabled because while fighting liver cancer i was given triad alcohol pads contaminated with anthrax n had a stroke n was legally dead for 4minutes causing synaspes damage to my brain which causes me to have long term crying spells of up to 6hours at a timen severe anyiety i have repeatedly tried to get a cat scan to c what the damage was to my brain n to try to get help dealing with the problems it has caused me n to try to get better because of my problems most of the agencies that should be trying to help me have repeatedly hung up on me n my cmh case managers repeatedly n i receive virtually no help at all except in a few times in the 5years i have been in mi. even though i am mentally disabled by no fault of my own i was going to one of the dispenceries the day they raided them in august of 2015 n the only reason i wasnt caught up in the raid was i came early n went down to the gaylord salvation army to do a little shopping until they opened when i came back there was 7 cop cars in the parking lot n i pulled into the tsc parking lot and had an aniyety attack that raised my bloodpressure to the point that i literally could not breathe i havent been back to gaylord til recently and am scared to drive at night because of my aniyety n fear of the police the roscommon came to the house i was at and without a warrant came into the house on an unrelated incident n came to a closed gate n went thru it n they lied blantantly n said the gate was open to get into the garage n looked thru a window to c the two people i was there with smoking pot they did not c me but heard me they automatically assumed nobody had a card n waited about20 minuted n pushed their way into the house and ended up arresting me n one of the other persons in the house him for posession because he said it was all of our pot n he had gotten it from me well the truth of the matter was i had sold to his mom the day before but i said nothing my attorneyseems to b siding with the procecutor n i m in a very bad way depreesion wise n financially i would like some support n advice of what my options could b it seems to b very easy to set me up n throw me away since i am bipolar manic depressant and have severe aniety disorder i was convicted of man n delivery for giving away .85 tenths of a gram of pot 27 years ago n i got 5-15 years for that n served 6years n 1 day for that less than a gram of pot i gave away 6years n 1day for that charge i am beside myself in the disparaty of sentencing n supposably JUSTICE of the michigan judicial system. 7miles away there is a provisioning center that sells pot for 12.00 a gram but they want to send me away for the rest of my life for selling 2gs because i dont own a dispencery or provisioning store my number is 9898894983 any advice or support would b helpful i am not asking for money just advice n supportthank you very much mark

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