The state's medical marijuana program -- begun in April -- hasn't
created headaches for Livingston County's law enforcement, but likely
will as the program grows, said county Sheriff Bob Bezotte.
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program allows patients with
debilitating illnesses to grow and possess marijuana for medicinal
purposes. Those approved receive cards that indicate their
participation in the program.
The measure was approved by Michigan voters Nov. 4, 2008, and is
overseen by the Michigan Department of Community Health.
As of Dec. 11, 11,517 program applications had been received, 6,439
patient registrations issued, 2,686 caregiver registrations issued and
1,981 applications denied.
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NEWARK -- Safe sex and sanitary drug use are not subjects most people
expect to hear about in church, but in Newark, where one in 47 people
have HIV/AIDS, one woman is urging local pastors to put aside their
discomfort and start using the pulpit to preach about AIDS prevention.
"We talk about basic HIV transmission and the role the congregation
can play in stemming the epidemic," said Deloris Dockery, who is HIV
positive and heads the program "One Conversation," a part of the
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation.
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LYNDEBOROUGH -- Carl Hedberg calls himself a "cannabis care coach,"
and he's on a mission to help others reduce their pain.
Four years ago, Hedberg, 53, had exhausted all methods to try to
alleviate his chronic migraines. Over-the-counter and prescribed
medication weren't working. In an effort to find a successful
alternative that would also decrease his use of pharmaceutical
painkillers, he began to do research.
He discovered Dr. Lester Grinspoon's books, which outlined the
positive and negative uses of medicinal marijuana. After meeting
with him, Hedberg, who said he had used marijuana recreationally in
college, decided to take small doses of it for his headaches. It was
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Despite a 27-month and one week delay to bring a Peterborough
businessman's drug case to trial, a Superior Court judge ruled the
man's charter rights were not infringed and ordered the case to trial.
[name redacted], the owner of [business name redacted] on The Queensway,
was charged on Oct. 15, 2007 with possession of cocaine for the
purpose of trafficking, possession of ecstasy for the purpose of
trafficking and possession of oxycodone for the purpose of trafficking
after police searched his home and business.
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KALAMAZOO -- A shop specializing in hydroponic-growing equipment
opened this month in Three Rivers.
In January, classes on soil nutrition and proper lighting will begin
By March, a cooperative in Benton Harbor may be doling out ounces of
pot to patients.
The medical-marijuana economy, booming on the east side of the state,
is sprouting in Southwest Michigan.
There's no limitation in terms of the level of growth in this
industry," said Charlie Smith, secretary of the Kalamazoo Area
Compassion Club, a group of 62 registered marijuana patients and
caregivers and their supporters.
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In saying patients testifying in support of medical marijuana are
somehow willing dupes of the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws, isn't Capt. Charles Wood of the Wisconsin Narcotics
Officers Association really insinuating they are stupid (Opinions,
Dec. 21)? Gov. Jim Doyle has said he'd sign the bill if it reached his
desk. I can only imagine what Wood must think of him.
Are concerns about job security behind Wood's hurtful and
condescending attitude? Could he be worried if more people learn,
despite years of propaganda to the contrary, that cannabis is a safe
and effective medicine, it might spontaneously trigger full-scale
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As Wisconsin is debating passing a bill that would permit the use of
medical marijuana, I can only hope that those against the bill stop
for one moment and consider those of us who suffer.
This bill is about helping the sick, not about political posturing.
The simple facts are that marijuana is a safe and effective treatment
for many different ailments, and, therefore, its recommended
distribution should be in the hands of doctors. It seems to me that
all plants were put here for a reason. If the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration hasn't determined it safe by now, then the agency never
So enough with the political debate. Let trained medical doctors
determine when its use will benefit patients. This bill has nothing to
do with the recreational use of marijuana and will not impact its use
for recreation as some may argue.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - This is known as the most dangerous city in
the world and it feels like it.
Half of Juarez - just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas -
looks like a ghost town; the other resembles a battle zone briefly
gone quiet so that cars can get out. Many assembly plants are silent,
commercial centers are as lifeless as the cotton fields east of town,
restaurants and bars are half-empty, and even the facade of the morgue
is riddled with bullets. Thousands of run-down cars seem to be just
cruising, their drivers having no destination in mind. Street vendors
in the small plaza where the cathedral stands do little more than talk
to each other, and the soldiers riding around with their fingers on
the triggers look more tense than the civilians.
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