Feeling the Heat: TC Compassion Club meetings put on hold
By Anne Stanton
In light of the August raids of medical marijuana clinics in Oakland County and suspected local police surveillance, the Traverse City Compassion Club is putting its weekly private meetings at the Crema coffee shop on hold.
Because of the extreme position of the Oakland County prosecutor, theres definitely a climate of fear here in Traverse City, said Bob Heflin, a member and former president of the Compassion Club.
At the clubs last Monday meeting on August 30, one of the compassion club members observed that six plain clothes police officersdressed in short pants and polo shorts with visible side armswere sitting in a van with electronic surveillance equipment. The compassion club has its own plain-clothed security person who roams the sidewalk outside of the meetings to make sure there are no illegal drug transfers, said Kevin Plamondon, president of the Compassion Club.
We have our clubs integrity to protect, he said.