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Monday, July 10, 2017

VGIP UPDATE: July 2017 - by Ben Horner



Lansing: The first meeting of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board was held June 26th. Patients, caregivers, as well as current and aspiring business folks interested in obtaining one of the licenses authorized by the Marijuana Facilities Act, signed into law last year by governor, attended the meeting in large numbers.

The MMML board, made of five members, will be appointing an expanded advisory board that will require financial disclosures.  Michigan Senator Rick Jones(R), who was in attendance, chairs the board. Jones is well known by medical marijuana activists for sponsoring legislation that adds restrictions to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program, including stoned/impaired driving legislation and most recently a bill to restrict advertising of medical marijuana to the general public, such as billboards.

The meeting allowed for public comment, but the board itself was not answering questions from attendees. Former state trooper and current MMML board member, Sergeant Bailey was put on the spot for his work in northern Michigan raids on patients and caregivers. He announced his belief that all current and previously operating medical marijuana facilities are illegal, drawing gasps from the crowd.

Chad Marrow from Gaylord objected to Bailey’s appointment to the board in a statement that drew support from many of his peers in the Michigan cannabis industry. Chad explained that Sgt. Bailey has stated on multiple occasions, that Medical Marijuana patients are just using the MMMA as a legal cover and has been harassing patients and caregivers.

Currently, communities like Pinconning are opting in to allow marijuana facilities, trying to get ahead of other communities that are waiting for the state to provide a liquor license style application process. Wes Crumby, Drew Driver and others from the now dormant Michigan Association of Compassion Centers (MACC) have been involved in developing commercial cultivation in northern Michigan in advance of being issued a state license.  Wes Crumby and Drew drivers closed their dispensaries years ago and have been working with the authorities, and land owners with the objective of securing these state licenses. Driver and Crumby have been supplying dispensaries downstate to avoid legal entanglements with folks like recently retired Sgt. Bailey, who now is in a position to affect who gets a license.

Brad Forester from Michigan Norml, has been working with Wes Crumby on the Pinconning project, and informed the MMM Report that their group has been working with law enforcement and prosecutors in northern Michigan, to gain an inside track to acquiring these licenses. According to Forester, this secret pack has been around for almost tens years.  

4 comments:

  1. Brad Forrester never said any of that. I am however working with Pinconning to open up land for potential licensees. Brad Forrester will not even apply for a license. I demand a retraction and an apology!

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  2. Ben,

    Again you are misinformed you should try to engage your brain before you engage your mouth. This pac you speak of is some fantasy made in your mind.
    I see you still have the same problems
    you've had for years, low IQ. The only thing you got right was I closed my dispensary when they became illegal.

    You did not!!!

    Unlike you I'm not afraid of the new law and have been waiting years so I can be legal. I don't own a dispensary,I don't grow, and I certainly don't go to dispensarys in Detroit for any reason.

    The good news is anyone who really knows me, knows that I work 12 hours a day at the same job I've had for years.
    Not some shady back door shit hole illegal dispensary like yours. GOOD LUCK with the new law I'm sure your not smart enough to survive in the real world.
    BTW - I haven't spoken to Drew in years but, I think nows a good time to give him a call.





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  3. Ben,

    Again you are misinformed you should try to engage your brain before you engage your mouth. This pac you speak of is some fantasy made in your mind.
    I see you still have the same problems
    you've had for years, low IQ. The only thing you got right was I closed my dispensary when they became illegal.

    You did not!!!

    Unlike you I'm not afraid of the new law and have been waiting years so I can be legal. I don't own a dispensary,I don't grow, and I certainly don't go to dispensarys in Detroit for any reason.

    The good news is anyone who really knows me, knows that I work 12 hours a day at the same job I've had for years.
    Not some shady back door shit hole illegal dispensary like yours. GOOD LUCK with the new law I'm sure your not smart enough to survive in the real world.
    BTW - I haven't spoken to Drew in years but, I think nows a good time to give him a call.





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