Comments on: Column: Medical Marijuana – Drawing a Line it's like being there Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Dr.GreenThumb Dr.GreenThumb Wed, 09 Feb 2011 14:56:33 +0000 Regardless of they’re laws I am going to grow and consume cannabis. Therefor, I do not get emotional over any of the drama surrounding “medical marijuana”. I Know that the Cannabis plant is a gift from God to all of us and should be treated as such.

By: fuzzbollah fuzzbollah Mon, 07 Feb 2011 17:06:10 +0000 Definitely yes, more compassion is what is needed. MMJ does provide significant pain relief, and without the many side effects of prescription drugs. Not every patient or caregiver is going to be able to produce the high-quality high-cannabinoid concentration medicines that are needed by state-licensed MMJ patients. What happens when the caregiver or grower/patient messes up their crop? Are they supposed to go without their meds, and suffer in pain? Or not be able to follow through with chemotherapy – in the case of many cancer patients – because they can’t keep their food or chemo drugs down?

There must be an outlet, a compassionate outlet and option for those times when a patient cannot get their medicine through the usual channels or because their crop has failed for whatever reason. With some of the communities around Ann Arbor, and the whole rest of the state for that matter, placing all sorts of impediments in the way for MMJ consumers to obtain their medicines, Ann Arbor is likely to be a place where many will come. This reeks of opportunity.

I agree some kind of regulation of the market will be necessary. We don’t want criminal elements controlling the MMJ marketplace. Quality control can be huge issue. Perhaps MMJ sold in A2 should be tested for cannabinoid content so the patients can understand which variety is best for their particular condition, and to ensure they are getting the best – and not getting burned. One way for MMJ patients to have a say in all this is to have MMJ patients appointed to the proposed licensing board. I can also see the day when A2 has its own MMJ Commission. If marijuana is legalized outright in the future, these controls could prove beneficial as they will already be in place.

Maybe there should be a MMJ day at the Farmers Market!

By: Ron Ron Mon, 07 Feb 2011 10:16:46 +0000 ““These people are reticent about disclosing information for reasons that are never clearly explained”

The very real threat of persecution, and quite possibly federal ‘rape me in the butt prison’, tends to make most sensible persons reticent.

What you should be writing about is the various judicial entities, and local, county, and state law-enforcement(misnomer) agencies, that are blatantly and capriciously ignoring the very clear provisions within the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.

Many judges refuse to let defendants even utter the words ‘Medical Marijuana’. These people are well within the confines of law but are being prosecuted nevertheless.

By: Bumblebee3 Bumblebee3 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 23:27:08 +0000 I’m getting kind of sick of sensationalism used as a ploy in journalism. It seems you only research deep enough to find the ones you can target and lambaste. There are plenty of doctors and dispensaries in Ann Arbor. And you only decided to get one view of each?

Medical Marihuana is a complicated issue. There are good people and bad people involved on both sides. But it’s the same in every profession whether it be politics, banking, or even journalism. Some people are deeply committed, hold fast to their values and fight the good fight; just as many give up somewhere along the way, go into it for profit, and don’t really care oh so much as long as they can make some cash in the end.

My son has Chron’s disease, and my father has Celiac’s disease. Both find that medical cannabis can ease their symptoms when they are in pain. Both are patients, and I am their caregiver. I am constantly worried about possible implications with this set-up and current law. The federal government dosen’t care what Michigan or Ann Arbor says. So I can * completely* understand why a doctor would not want to be recorded or have their name taken. Publicity is not always a good thing. Though as a journalist you might find that shocking.

This is almost as bad as’s article on that guy Rice who is a felon and running a dispensary. I know that correct information about the MMMP is hard to find- but seriously- you guys are journalists! It’s your job to dig. Why dont you talk about the amazing findings people are doing with Raw Cannabis (which dosent get you high) or about the resilient figures who stand out amongst the crowd in Ann Arbor trying to bring patient safety to the foreground?

Sick and tired of this misinformation BS.

By: chris chris Fri, 04 Feb 2011 23:07:27 +0000 David, interesting article. We are always willing to do an interview regarding this topic. Please get in touch if interested.

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By: Ben Connor Barrie Ben Connor Barrie Fri, 04 Feb 2011 19:55:45 +0000 It’s interesting that the prices at dispensaries are not lower. One would think that there would be competition between the Ann Arbor dispensaries and that would lower prices or at least keep them at street level.

By: Citizen Z Citizen Z Fri, 04 Feb 2011 19:43:50 +0000 No disrespect, but I don’t know how accurate a picture you can really paint of this issue when your only source is a single dispensary or physician. It’s true, the laws have not set good groundwork for all of the ins & outs of the dispensary business and some make that more apparent than others. Some are going to set a precedent for how future laws will be defined & others are going to sink themselves in the process. The market will sort out those who are price gouging & staffing doctors who don’t have first names.

The bottom line is that most people who really are seeking pain relief & compassion are willing to pay a premium for the convenience of visiting their friendly neighborhood dispensary even before these things are sorted out. That affords us the luxuries of knowledgeable staff, anonymity, a good selection, lung-saving edibles, an endless resource for the answers that are difficult to come by on the website.

It’s probably not the best business model, but given all of the areas where the laws are not clearly defined I’m glad that there are people out there bold enough to pioneer this movement in Michigan or else it probably would have stalled out as soon as the law passed.