Legalize Medical Marijuana Centers to Provide Patients with Safe Access

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Target: Governor Rick Snyder

Goal: Legalize safe access to medical marijuana centers for patients in Michigan.

Michigan voters approved the Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) in 2008 allowing patients to legally possess marijuana for medicinal purposes. Under the Act, patients are expected to access medicine through caregivers or grow it themselves. Please sign this petition to legalize and regulate medical marijuana centers that provide safe access to medicine in Michigan.

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) was approved by voters in 2008 and currently has about 125,000 patients participating. While the progressive bill has been a beacon of hope for some ailing residents, Attorney General Bill Schuette has succeeded in shutting down at least one medical marijuana dispensary and plans on encouraging the movement. According to a new ruling from a Michigan state Supreme Court, marijuana dispensaries that handle patient-to-patient sales are not protected under the state’s MMA. Schutte believes this ruling empowers all county prosecutors to shut down remaining dispensaries for violating the public health code.

This attack on medical marijuana sales and distribution is actually an attack on patients seeking safe access to medicine. Without public access, patients are forced to seek medicine on the black market. Growing marijuana, especially safe, effective and medicinal grade marijuana is an extensive task requiring a wealth of knowledge and finances. Accessing caregivers who grow medicine for particular patients is hard to find, especially amongst the recent legal persecution. A bill to legalize and regulate the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana is absolutely necessary to establishing compassionate cannabis laws.

The MMA must include provisions regulating the sale and distribution of medical marijuana. How will Michigan create revenue without any sales regulation? Where will patients safely get their medicine? Without regulation, how can the state ensure patient safety and medicinal quality? Please sign this petition and encourage responsible regulation and legalization of medical marijuana centers that provide safe access to medicine for ailing patients.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Snyder,

Michigan’s voter approved Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) allows state citizens to posses marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, the Act did not include provisions on how to access that marijuana. A Michigan Supreme Court ruling recently declared one medical marijuana dispensary illegal for violating the public health code. Unfortunately, authors of the MMA did not include provisions on the sale and distribution of medical marijuana. This widereaching oversight has patients wondering where to go and dispensaries wondering how to dispense. Legalization and regulation is the only way to establish a successful, patient-focused medical marijuana program that is both profitable to the state, and safe for patients. Please support legislation to legalize medical marijuana centers that provide safe access for patients in Michigan.

Michigan currently has about 125,000 patients seeking medical marijuana; however, most do not know how to grow it or where to find a caregiver. Within the current system, Michigan expects patients to either grow their own medicine, a costly, involved and difficult process, or find a caregiver to grow it for them. There are certainly not enough caregivers to provide for all and they are hard to find amongst the recent attacks on dispensaries. Most patients are forced on the black market for their medicine. Lack of distribution and sales regulations are leaving people susceptible to crime and unsafe medicine.

Republican Representative Mike Callton of Nashville, Michigan plans to quickly introduce a bill to legalize medical marijuana centers after the recent state Supreme Court ruling that they are not allowed under the 2008 law. Please support Callton’s bill to provide safe access to patients, state revenue for Michigan and small business opportunities providing jobs for Michigan residents.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Dominic Simpson via Flickr

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