Fuming over how many months it takes for the state to issue medical marijuana cards
Published: February 8, 2012
"For the 2012 elections, expect much more activity out of the cannabis community," Canterberry says. "Much of the community is living in fear due to the pressure put on them by the attorney general's office and local ordinances. There's going to be a high activity level among patients and their families. I've actually been amazed by the questions and activities around the elections this year. ... There has been a political action committee formed, Cannapac, that is going to be asking questions of candidates about their support for the MMMA and its administration."
You would think the money is there to fund proper administration. Estimates are that the state has taken in $8 million in registration fees. That money is not earmarked for LARA administration; it goes into the state's general fund. But the state can appropriate the funds to the program. It's not a lot of cash by state budget standards, but it evidences a significant constituency out there on the issue. Maybe Ramsdell should wake up and see what side her bread is buttered on ... or maybe that's cannabutter.
There are a lot of issues around marijuana motivating folks to get active in this political season. Someone near you might pop up asking you to sign a petition to put the question of legalizing marijuana in Michigan on the fall ballot. Just so you know what they're trying to do, here is the language of the proposed state constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana:
Article 1 Section 28.
Repeal of Marihuana Prohibition.
For persons who are at least 21 years of age who are not incarcerated, marihuana acquisition, cultivation, manufacture, sale, delivery, transfer, transportation, possession, ingestion, presence in or on the body, religious, medical, industrial, agricultural, commercial or personal use, or possession or use of paraphernalia shall not be prohibited, abridged or penalized in any manner, nor subject to civil forfeiture; provided that no person shall be permitted to operate an aircraft, motor vehicle, motorboat, ORV, snowmobile, train, or other heavy or dangerous equipment or machinery while impaired by marihuana.
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