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Pass the pee...
Republican Rep. from Florida, and a Tea-Party favorite, Trey Radel, voted in favor of a broad Florida food stamps bill that includes a provision that requires food stamp recipients to pee in a cup to prove that they are drug-free, and thereby eligible to receive their food stamps.
Radel was then arrested on October 29th for possession of cocaine during a drug bust. He was fined $250 and is serving a one year probation, but (as of last week) has no plans to resign from his seat in Congress.
When Radel returns to Congress after a self-imposed paid leave of absence, I would suggest that his admission into the congressional chamber be blocked, absent a topped off pee cup in his hand.
Bob Ross • Pellston
The use of marijuana as medicine has a long history, but here in Michigan a person needs to obtain a certification from a licensed M.D. or D.O. in order to have protection from jail or prison.
That is why the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act is such an important public health law: It protects patients from arrest and/or prosecution when growing, possessing or using marijuana. The foundation of the entire medical marijuana industry is built on the bona fide physician/patient relationship as outlined in the MMMA.
If this relationship is questionable or of a low standard of quality, prosecutors typically attack this in court, and patients or caregivers can find themselves without a defense in court for no violation of the act whatsoever.
So-called certification mills, like one where one doctor certified 600 patients in one weekend event, serve to put patients and caregivers on shaky legal standing in court. Many patients who believed that they were legally protected can find that their cards are only worth the plastic that they are printed on in court due to being certified by a lowstandards doctor.
Patients and caregivers have a choice to make. We can either build the foundation of this industry on a solid doctor/patient relationship, or we can continue to build the foundation on sand. Going to a lowstandards doctor for a medical marijuana certification builds the industry on sand, and caregivers, dispensary owners and every ancillary business in this emerging industry are put at risk by this practice.
In the interest of full disclosure, I do work at the professional certification center where we specialize in the bona fide physician/ patient relationship. We are very concerned about these so-called certification mills and their effect on patients.
Adam C. DeVaney • TC
Empires tend to fall
Does America need the American empire? And can America afford an empire?
In sharp contrast, five world empires have fallen since 1945, but at least they have left lessons for the American empire.
Indeed, as the last world empire, ours is now an endangered species. Time is working against both the American empire and the economy that supports it.
Louis Burford • Petoskey
Tales for shelter dogs
I’ve attached a picture of myself reading the Northern Express to a shelter dog at the Cherryland Humane Society. Why? Firstly, because I’m a volunteer dog walker there and this is what we do with frightened and abandoned dogs. We read to them to calm them and build their trust so we can take them out for a walk. We walk six days a week and in any kind of weather to relieve the tedium of being in a kennel 24 hours a day.
Secondly, I think the volunteer dog walking team at Cherryland Humane Society needs a big pat on the back for what they do and have been doing for many years now.
It seems like the only time you hear about The Cherryland Humane Society when they’re under a budget crunch. Well, I’d like to suggest that there’s a big old feel good story just waiting to happen and we could use some of that these days. Please consider. I’m only one of many dog walkers and we’re as good as we are because of wonderful volunteer supervisor in charge that I’d like to recommend for comment.
Laurie Conney • via email
A model in a recent Northern Seen page was incorrectly identified. That was Valerie Hays-Schaub at upper left on Nov. 18, with hair and makeup by Signature Salon.