An appeals court today in Michigan found that so-called medical marijuana dispensaries, like those which have popped up all around Ypsilanti during this past year, are illegal. The following clip comes from the Washington Post:
Medical marijuana cannot be sold through private shops, the Michigan appeals court said Wednesday in a major decision that strikes at businesses trying to cash in on pot and cuts off a source for people with chronic ailments.
A three-judge panel said the 2008 medical marijuana law, as well as the state’s public health code, does not allow people to sell pot to each other, even if they’re among the 99,500 who have state-issued marijuana cards.
Big Daddy’s Hydro store is shown closed in Detroit, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Medical marijuana cannot be sold through private shops, the Michigan appeals court said Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, in a major decision that strikes at businesses trying to cash in on pot. A three-judge panel said the 2008 medical marijuana law, as well as the state’s public health code, does not allow people to sell pot to each other, even if they’re among the 99,500 who have state-issued marijuana cards.
The court said Compassionate Apothecary in Mount Pleasant, Mich., can be immediately shut down as a “public nuisance.” The 3-0 decision means local authorities can pursue similar businesses, estimated at 200 to 300, in their communities.
It was not immediately clear whether they would, but state Attorney General Bill Schuette said he’s notifying all 83 county prosecutors.
Personally, I don’t care if marijuana is legal. All things considered, hugh-fructose corn syrup is probably worse for mankind. What I do have a problem with, though, is the ridiculous charade that so-called “medical marijuana” has become. As someone who knows seriously ill individuals who rely on marijuana to deal with the pain and loss of appetite that often accompany serious disease and treatment, I find the current paradigm, in which anyone can qualify by paying a graduate of a third-rate medical school his or her fee for a 2-minute consultation consisting of leading questions about carpal tunnel, offensive in the extreme. I say we just make the shit legal for all of those over 21 and tax the hell out of it. If people want to waste their lives on pot, let them. Just don’t ask me to pretend that they’re doing it for any other reason than that they’re lazy fucks who enjoy watching television while high.
update: As with all the medical marijuana posts I’ve ever written, this one is attracting a lot of comments, many of which refer to me as a fucking douche. Here are a few of them, along with my response.
“Lazy fucks” who “waste their lives”… sounds like the utter majority of yr countrymen to me, why the spleen towards reefer smoking? I know many perfectly productive humans who smoke reefer, and so do you. How many bars are there in MI? What kind of public nuisance are they? As far as I’m concerned the mundane over consumption of alchohol and its associated public drunkenness is one of our society’s most destructive activities. How many lives has drinking destroyed? How many crimes perpetrated by drunkards? Why is it deadly, dangerous products like alchohol or socalled antidepressants get a pass, and proven nearly harmless and *gasp* healthful substance is so oppressed? You have to have a card and jump through a bunch of hoops to engage in a harmless behaviour with positive effects for most and particularly the chronically ill, and you’re encouraged to throw yr life away with booze on billboards and advertisements everywhere you look.
I just don’t get it… this charade? The people who have twisted this nation’s youth with ritalyn to make them pay attention to nonsense, or have turned a generation of adults into amphetamine or morphene addicts with adderal or darvocet? These are the people who shouldn’t participate in the charade of making a harmless substance available in abundance?? If anything it was a positive development in the course of a deeply troubled institution. Why is it people on paxil don’t need special cards or have to go to “compassion centers”? Why is it legislation on oxycodone has no signs of rapid or unpredictable alteration? The only reason reefer is illegal to begin with is racism, these dispensarys are much needed business for our area.
You guys do know that Attorney General Bill Schuette has long standing family ties to Dow Chemical right? The largest chemical company in the world who makes a ton of money from selling their chemicals to big pharma, the same big pharma who wants to government to tell you what you can put in your body so that you are forced to use their products to treat yourself.
It’s not even hard to find dirt on Schuette, I did a simple google search and found a story from 1990 about how when he was a MI rep Schuette voted in favor of some things that would directly benefit Dow, the Midland MI based corporation. He also had Dow stock that was valued around 1.2 million at the time. He’s a corporate chemical boy just like all of the other NEOCONS.
Schuette doesn’t give a F*** about the will of the people or protecting our neighborhoods, all he cares about maintaining the status quo and controlling people’s lives. Yes, lets continue the War on Drugs which targets mostly minorities and is turning the US into an authoritarian regime.
Now that they have eliminated unemployment, fixed our failing public schools, rebuilt our crumbling infrastructure, and reinvigorated our dying cities — it’s nice to see that Michigan’s “small government” Republicans finally have time to turn their attention to more pressing issues — including cracking down (or at least, attempting to restrict) the outcome of a law that voters passed by an overwhelming (2-to1) margin, and which passed in all 83 Michigan counties.
I know I’m douchey about some stuff, and I guess this is one of those things. I’ve got tons of friends that smoke pot. I’ve also go tons of friends that drink too much. In both cases, I think they’d be more productive if they did less of it. But, like I said, I don’t think that it should be illegal. So, I guess I’m on your side. I just think that pot makes people lazy. Like I said, though, in the whole scheme of things I think it’s better for society than high fructose corn syrup, which makes people fat and stupid. Sorry if you find this insulting. It’s just what I think. That doesn’t change the fact that I believe it should be legal. Nor does it change the fact that I know many people who need pot for medical reasons. I just find it insulting when I see young people in Insane Clown Posse tshirts and sideways baseball caps going into these “medical” facilities to get their pot. I find it insulting to those in society who really do need it.
For the record, I also hate pot. I mean, I hate pot in the same way I hate Air Supply, Clint Black, Insane Clown Posse and mayonnaise. I also hate people that go and get wasted all the time and drive home rather than take a taxi.
I also hate the tired claims of weed as some kind of miracle drug. At best, it’s a mild sedative and an anti-convulsant. Not to say that those things don’t help people, but weed will not cure HIV, it won’t cure cancer and won’t keep you from being depressed and generally feeling like a useless bag of dirt.
By the “medical marijuana” advocates’ arguments, we should all have poppy fields in our backyards and home-grown heroin refineries in our garages. Heroin also helps people with chronic pain, depression and a variety of other problems. Granted, heroin can kill you, though driving while smoking weed can also kill you.
I am for the legalization of weed, but I personally think that these conversations of it’s “medical” benefits are vastly overblown (very little true science backs up much of the claims you see on internet discussion boards) and are counterproductive toward developing responsible drug policy.
Mostly, I think that weed advocates are much like religious zealots and are too clouded by their own love for the bud to convince me of much.
That’s just my opinion.