Pubdate: Thu, 14 Jul 2011
Source: Livingston County Daily Press & Argus (MI)
Copyright: 2011 Livingston Daily Press & Argus
Author: Michelle Peoples


Medical Marihuana is a hot topic, although covered from a media view
we are not provided with any education on the subject. We know
Michigan voters approved this law by 63%, we know a patient is able to
possess 2.5 ounces and has the ability to cultivate up to 12 plants or
appoint a caregiver to do so. We know that Michigan allows for
patients from other medical states to use their card here.

But where are the patents and caregivers to get seeds or starter
plants? How and where do the patients obtain their medication while
their plants grow? What happens if the crop fails to produce? Where do
the patients go if their caregiver is on vacation? What if the crop
grown doesn't treat the symptoms the patient has? How does the patient
know what strain works best for them?

The answer to all of these questions is Dispensaries. Dispensaries can
provide patients with medication while their crops are being grown,
they can provide starter plants or seeds and they have knowledge on
the products they carry and can help patients to choose a medication
more suited to their condition. Dispensaries also have the ability to
provide out of state patients with their medication while they visit

When you discuss marihuana the first thing to know is that different
strains provide for different degrees of relief. Patients who suffer
from Crohn's Disease who have used cannabis noted large improvement
with fewer flare-ups of less severity and weight gain. Cancer patients
use marijuana to treat both nausea and increase appetite. Patients who
suffer from severe muscles spasms may choose a topical ointment to
ease their pain, yet others may choose to ingest the medication for
relief of their symptoms. Many dispensaries offer several choices all
of which serve to treat different aliments and provide different
effects on the patient.

Dispensaries provide the medical marijuana community with a much
needed service. To ban dispensaries is a failure to the patients. This
law was enacted to protect and service the patient. If you had an
infection you would go to the doctor and get a prescription for an
antibiotic. If the antibiotic didn't work you would be given a
different one. In the case of patients who choose medical marijuana
you must first see a doctor, submit an application to the state,
waiting 21 days to make sure you are not denied. Then you can start
your plants, you still must wait for them to grow, be flowered, dried
and last cured. For a grand total of 4 to 5 months before you ever see
any medication. Your only alternative in this lengthy process is to
have the ability to go to a dispensary and legally obtain your medication.

Concerned Citizen
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