Drug War's dangerous side effects
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Published: March 21, 2012
Reports from the Gaylord area indicate that Michigan State Police are arresting so-called marijuana traffickers on I-75 at an alarming rate. A news website, upnorthlive.com, reports that arrests are up this year as compared to last year 87 to 25. The article quoted a state policeman saying that those arrested are carrying medical marijuana cards but they are carrying too much marijuana. "It's become a real problem," he said.
At the same time, some individuals who have been stopped and searched in the area have reported through a listserv on medical marijuana issues that police seem to be checking names off a list and that non-uniformed officers are taking part in the traffic stops and searches. If indeed police have lists of names they're checking, I wonder where they got them. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act specifically forbids the state to turn names of cardholders over to police.
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