Wrong state priorities
I know of a person living in adult foster care here in Northern Michigan who has severe schizophrenia complicated now by problems with diabetes - the latter being a side effect of drugs used in the ‘90s to treat the schizophrenia.
In July, the Medicaid funding to care for his dental, vision and podiatry issues related to the diabetic care were cut by the State to help balance Michigan‘s budget. If the dental or podiatry problems are not cared for properly, these issues could become much larger problems and in the end cause much more expense for the State as well as serious pain and suffering for the individual involved.
I know our State has serious money shortages, but when I read about the case of the man who was recently busted for too many marijuana plants in Rapid City I really lost any understanding of our States funding priorities.
Apparently, this bust was preceded by a helicopter fly-over followed by the arrival of several law enforcement officers, and then they only confiscated less than half of the marijuana he was growing.
An operation of that size easily cost thousands of dollars to execute. Then the prosecutor in the case stated he was going to prosecute the case for the plants that were over the number this caregiver under our new law could grow, which will cost several thousand dollars more.
So the State seems to have plenty of money for this form of asinine behavior, but caring for those whose whole adult life has been a psychotic blur -- and dont have the capacity to fight back -- is not that important. I dont understand and accept no excuses for this kind of ignorance on the part of our State government. If you cant do the job in a fair and objective manner get out of the business.
Robert A. Wallick Cross Village
Fired for med marijuana
Today I was fired for medical marijuana use by my employer. They are a Michigan employer, and I live in Michigan, AND I have a card (approving me for medical marijuana), yet they fired me. They were not bothered by the five opiates I take for pain, and were willing to let me work on Fentanyl, morphine, Dilaudid, etc. However, when they found out I was a medical marijuana card holder, they fired me.
I am now facing not having any income. I am a 50 percent disabled veteran, trying to work to support my family and live with my medical conditions as pain-free as possible. How are patients like me supposed to work and provide for themselves and their families when the laws currently in place do not protect us like they are supposed to?
We need to identify this situation and act on it; patients that are treated with medical cannabis have enough problems, there is no reason we should not be able to work!
Nate Lovely Buchanan, MI
Questions for TNT
A point of clarification regarding the TNT raid on medical marijuana grower Archie Kiel.
Three additional patients are in the process of certifying Archie Kiel as their caregiver, but it may be weeks before the certification from the State of Michigan arrives in the mail. There is a huge backlog at the Department of Community Health and patients are reporting a wait of 60-65 days between the time that they applied and when they actually receive their medical marijuana card.
In the interim, patients and caregivers are protected under the affirmative defense provision of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. So TNT, when are you going to give back his legal plants?
Archie is our local director of Kalkaska County NORML and as long as he is legal, he has the full support of our legal department. We will not have our Michigan NORML members being harassed any more!
What is TNT‘s yearly ratio of pot arrests compared to hard drug arrests (meth, heroin, crack-cocaine)? Could it be that cannabis consumers are their easiest targets because they are the most peaceful people on the planet?
How much did their helicopter and the gas for it cost in taxpayers‘ money? How much did this whole raid cost?
Good citizens of Northern Michigan, remember that your county commissioners and sheriff can pull the funding of TNT and kick them out of your county any time. Kalkaska County citizens, you need a new county prosecutor.
For more info on our new Medical Marijuana Law, go to www.QualifyingPatient.com . To join responsible, adult cannabis consumers who are going to continue reforming Michigans outdated marijuana Laws, go to www.minorml.org .
Rev. Steven B. Thompson
Michigan NORML Benzonia
Muzzling an attorney
Benzie Prosecutor John Daughertys attempt to muzzle attorneys representing Joni Holbrook was rebuffed by District Court Judge Nancy Kida. Holbrook has been incarcerated since August 10, when she allegedly called 911 and admitted to shooting her husband, Melvin Holbrook, who was a sergeant with the Michigan State Police.
Daugherty alluded at the proceeding that Holbrooks attorney, Jesse Williams, had violated Michigans Rules of Professional Conduct during conferences with the press in which he claimed his client was physically, mentally and sexually abused by her husband.
Daugherty sought an order prohibiting all parties from making statements to the media that could possibly taint the jury pool and prejudice the Peoples right to a fair trial.
Williams co-counsel, Jim Amberg, argued that the defendant and her lawyers have an absolute First Amendment right to free speech. Amberg cited a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that declared: It is individuals, not the government, to whom First Amendment interests attach. To the extent that publicity is a disadvantage for the government, the government must tolerate it. The government is our servant, not our master.
When denying Daughertys motion, Kida opined that: Its not appropriate to be addressing this in front of this Court ... and its not this Courts duty to interpret those rules (of professional conduct). Kida concluded by apprising Daugherty that if he felt a violation of the rules had occurred, the proper venue to file his grievance is with Michigans Bar Association.
Holbrooks preliminary examination is scheduled to happen on September 28, at 1:30 p.m., with Judge Kida presiding.
An unedited video of the entire gag order hearing is available online at: www.upnorthmedia.org/publicprogram.asp?SDBFid=866.
To view court documents pertinent to this case and post your own thoughts about this issue, visit the GT Cop Watch website at: www.gtcopwatch.org .
Eric L. VanDussen Beulah