Posted in the Grand Rapids Forum
#1 Dec 17, 2012
I am not intentionally trying to stir up a debate, however I have a couple of questions concerning Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Laws… or the lack of. Although I don to personally use marijuana, I am a proponent for medical marijuana and beyond that, I advocate it’s recreational use “within reason“… much the same as with alcohol and our laws governing it’s usage. My 1st question concerns the screening process by which potential patients obtain their MM card. I personally know about 20 people who have their MM card. 8 of these people I am very good friends with and have known most of their lives. Almost every single one of these people have obtained their MM card for glaucoma and some even admit they don’t have glaucoma as they recently had eye exams by an optometrist to obtain prescription glasses and no glaucoma was indicated. If this is the case, have some MM doctors simply jumped on the gravy train of providing exams for a quick buck?
My last questions involve patient caregivers. Many are earning quite a lucrative income being in the “caregiver business”. According to Michigan law, caregivers are not allowed to charge their patients for the marijuana… but may charge for their time, labor and expense. I take it there is currently no limit to the amount a caregiver is allowed to charge for the growing process. In addition, there is almost always an abundance of marijuana left over (overages) from each patient. So, since a caregiver cannot “sell” the marijuana, how are these caregivers making so much money? Last, but not least… what happens to the overages? Are they given to the patient to sell on the street? I am hoping someone to provide real answers and not simply a link to a website where fact & fiction hold hands. Thanks
#2 Dec 17, 2012
There are no 'Medical Marijuana' doctors per say. As I understand it any medical doctor can write a prescription for any number of ailments. I don't have a card but know some people that do. They have used anything from headaches to sleep deprivation as their excuse. It is a quick buck for the doctors usually charging anywhere from $100-$300 for their time and signature. Keep in mind that these are doctors who have taken an oath to do no harm. I think it speak volumes that so many doctors have come to the conclusion that marijuana is basically harmless yet the legislatures writing laws still believe that it's as harmful as heroin.
A caregiver can make a pretty good amount of money just selling to their patients but others simply give it to their patients so they can grow it legally, you are allowed to grow so much per patient, so the more patients you have the more you can grow. They then take any surplus and sell it to others or sell extra to their patients so the patients can sell it. Yes there are caregivers who are placing it on the black market and the same goes with patients. Because of this the quality of marijuana on the streets has gone up since this law was enacted. It has also diminished the demand for pot from Canada or even Mexico, taking it out of the hands of the cartels, ect...
There is no doubt that the medical marijuana law is being taken advantage of. Many knew when this law passed that it was just a stepping stone to making pot legal. I'm OK with that. Other states have gone from MM laws to outright legalization and it will continue to happen. Obama has said the justice department has bigger fish to fry and he's right.
Meanwhile these states will now begin to collect revenue instead of losing the revenue to the black market. Taxes will be sky-high (no pun intended) and once these states get a taste of the generated tax dollars other states will want to get on that bandwagon. Since the government has been unwilling to budge on this issue the people have decided to take a stand, a mini revolution if you will. It started with medical marijuana ads and will end when the end of prohibition comes.
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