Marijuana Policy In Michigan Saw A Lot Happen In 2012

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    By Rick Thompson

    January

    The year began with a renewing of licenses in Ypsilanti for the city’s four licensed medical marijuana dispensaries and one grow operation. All facilities completed multiple inspections and a city official was quoted as saying, “We haven’t had any problems…”

    The United States Supreme Court refuses to hear two cases, one from Washington and one from Oregon, regarding possession of a concealed handgun and medical marijuana. The refusal establishes a patient’s right to own a concealed weapon and cannabis in those states.

    A jury refuses to convict Shekina Pena of elections fraud in Lansing. Pena, operator of the Your Healthy Choice marijuana dispensary, was accused by the Attorney General of buying votes for friendly candidates.

    23 medical marijuana stores in Colorado received letters from the federal government threatening them with “seizure and forfeit” of their stores and property. A similar strategy is employed in California and Washington State.

    An Oakland County judge dismisses charges against seven defendants charged in the raid on the Ferndale dispensary called Clinical Relief. The raids were part of a sweep by Oakland County Sheriffs that covered many private residences and snared a pair of Waterford establishments.

    Oral arguments are heard in the cases of People v King/People v Kolanek. The cases would eventually be decided in support of a Section 8 defense for patients in court, among other things.

    State Representatives continually engage in debate and explanations over the Walsh package of bills introduced in 2011. Radio shows and newspaper articles discuss the potential effects of the various pieces of the package, aimed at altering the 2008 Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMA).

    February

    LARA issues guidelines for physicians writing recommendations for medical marijuana in Michigan.

    Petition drives for the Repeal Today movement are operating in communities across the state. The petition drive aims to repeal the prohibition of cannabis in Michigan.

    The Silver Tour is rolling right along. Covering Florida and nearby states, Robert Platshorn’s tour bus filled with senior citizens travels the highways educating people on the healing properties of cannabis. His Tour is national news, and a video called “Why Grandma Smokes Pot” is created later in the year.
    The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled the city of Detroit must allow the issue of legalized marijuana to appear on the ballot. This is just one bus-stop on the long route this proposal endures before being voted on- and approved- in November 2012.

    March

    LARA announced their ordering of a high-speed printer able to generate 4000 medical marijuana registration cards per day. MMMA participants have long-complained about delays that exceed 5 months in receiving their cards, even though payments made for registration are taken immediately.

    The Downriver Health and Cannabis Fair was held in Brownstown Township. Featuring glass blowers, live music and on-site cannabis testing, the Fair was the first of what promises to be an annual event.

    Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow” is making headlines and driving a national debate on reforming cannabis laws. Famous religious figure Pat Robertson unexpectedly announces his agreement.

    Washington DC allows medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the city- at least, conceptually.

    April

    Hash Bash and the Monroe Street Fair are held in Ann Arbor and the response is measured in the thousands. Speakers include John Sinclair and Steven Deangelo from California.

    Lori Montroy, a medical marijuana patient in northern lower Michigan, is evicted from her home. Landlord quotes federal law giving him the option of ejecting her for “illegal drug use” from government-funded housing. A flood of phone calls and emails is unable to change his mind.

    The US Supreme Court refuses to hear the California case of Kha v California. This refusal confirms the Cali decision that state medical marijuana laws are not preempted by federal laws.

    May

    People v Spencer comes from the Michigan COA, overturning evidence obtained by randomly wandering around a patient’s property while waiting for warrants to be delivered.

    LARA removes citations of legal responsibilities in the acceptance letters they issue to MMA participants. Portions left out include the 2.5 oz. possession limit and the statement about reasonable amount necessary, for patients; for caregivers, the 4 (e) section was deleted from the letters.

    June

    The Maximum Yield Indoor Gardening Expo was held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

    US News and World Report publishes a study reporting 74% of Americans support ending federal crackdown on medical marijuana.

    Rhode Island Governor Chafee signs a marijuana decriminalization bill, making possession of one ounce a $150 fine.

    July

    The Repeal Today petition drive to remove criminal penalties for cannabis possession and use in Michigan ends without achieving the required number of signatures.

    A series of attacks begins on Harborside Health Centers in California involving suits against their landlords and forfeiture notices on their office doors. The story is national news.

    The Truth in Trials act is introduced in the US House of Representatives, which would afford medical marijuana patients in states with those laws the ability to use that fact in federal court.

    A petition containing over 8,000 signatures calling for PTSD to be potentially treated with cannabis is rejected by the federal ONDCP. Petitioner Michael Krawitz is the primary in the ASA v DEA case, argued in Federal court later in the year.

    August

    The Court of Appeals strikes down Wyoming’s city ordinance, which cites federal preemption in banning all cannabis-related activities within city limits.

    All four of the Walsh Bills were passed by the Senate judiciary. The lone No vote was cast against HB 4851 by Sen. Bieda from Macomb County.

    September

    MedJoint is featured on the Michigan broadcast of the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. MedJoint’s team raised the most money for the MDA during their annual Lock-Up charity fundraiser on Michigan’s east side.

    The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk features an extra contingent of green-shirted marijuana activists as Brad Forrester leads an MINORML-sponsored crew in an activity that is sure to become a regular community event.

    A Federal Judge rules that Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, a known marijuana rights supporter, will not be included on the Michigan ballot in November.

    Attorney General Schuette’s bid to derail the Grand Rapids decrim ballot proposal is ended. GR city attorney Mish to say: “I can accurately count to 100 and the attorney general cannot.”

    Work begins at the University of Iowa to gauge marijuana’s effect on drivers. The landmark study leaves many in Michigan wondering why their state was not chosen.

    Noted Michigan activist Greg Starks dies. He is buried without a funeral at the family’s request.

    The Northeast Michigan Compassion Club hosted an event in Oscoda featuring Rep. Callton, Ben Horner, Jamie Lowell, Rick Thompson, Ken Beyer and the local candidate for prosecutor Nicholl Palumbo (who won her election).


    October

    October began with a black anniversary- 75 years ago, marijuana prohibition on a federal level was made the law of the land.

    Kalamazoo City Council passes an ordinance preventing police officers from using state law to bust people for marijuana possession. The City passed a law last year making the offenses a ticketable offense.

    Two dispensaries in Allen Park are raided; an Upper Peninsula family is raided on several properties, their children referred to Protective Services, for allegedly manufacturing hash oil.

    Los Angeles reverses its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries after overwhelming objections from city residents and businessmen. The ban is defeated after approval but before implementation.

    Oakland, California, sues the federal government over their plan to shutter the largest dispensary in the country, Harborside.

    The Michigan Court of Appeals reversed a Genesee County court that ordered charges against marijuana patient Chasen Pointer be dismissed due to evidentiary issues.

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