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AG: 'Michigan Ought to be a Place Where We're Building Jobs not Pot Shops'

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Back on the campaign trail, Bill Schuette made it clear that he was no fan of Michigan's medical marijuana law. Now that he's the state's attorney general, Schuette is making it clear he'd like to change the way the law is enforced.

"It's the wild, wild west," Schuette said Wednesday on WJR-AM 760. "Michigan ought to be a place where we're building jobs not pot shops. We ought to make sure that the law that was approved, that was narrowly designed for those who have a chronic illness or a severe disease, is not exploited by those who want to line their pockets."

Of course, advocates are quick to point out Michigan's medical marijuana law, widely approved by voters in 2008, has created created jobs, both at clinics and for hydroponic equipment manufacturers who have tapped a new segment of the economy.

Earlier this week, Schuette issued a brief in support of the City of Livonia, which is attempting to dismiss an ACLU-backed challenge to its new ordinance that prohibits any activity violating federal law, including medical marijuana.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of a 61-year-old Birmingham woman with multiple sclerosis whose husband would like to grow medical marijuana in a building he owns in Livonia, contends the ordinance violates Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act, which was widely supported by voters in 2008.

In his brief, Schuette suggested that local communities "should not be forced to sanction criminal activity," and he issued a separate adivsory opinion on Tuesday indicating the prosecutors could bring criminal charges against caregivers who grow more than 12 plants in a single, secure facility.

"I intervened on behalf of the City of Livonia to permit them to excercise their right to zone and issued an attorney general opinion that the letter of the law that was approved says 12 plants and no more than 12 plants," Schuette told WJR host Frank Beckmann. "My job is to enforce the law."

As the Detroit Free Press pointed out, Michigan law actually allows registered caregivers to grow up to 12 plants each for up to five patients. But according to Schuette, caregivers would have to maintain separate, locked facilities for each patient.

State lawmakers this week also introduced legislation intended to clarify the Michigan law, in part, by restricting the location of marijuana dispensaries. Schuette, who is backing the legislation, said Wednesday that because Michigan's law does not reference marijuana clinics, he considers them illegal under federal law.

"In Livonia and others, the underpinning of those zones banning pot shops and these dispensaries -- law enforcement calls them drug houses -- the foundation for that is federal law that prohibits the sale and distrubution of marijuana as a class one drug."

Schuette is clearly taking a hard line on medical marijuana, diving into the debate rather than wade into the morass. As he points out, his job is to enforce the law. The question is whether his interpretation of the law reflects the will of the people who approved it.

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["It's the wild, wild west," Schuette said Wednesday on WJR-AM 760. "Michigan ought to be a place where we're building jobs not pot shops. We ought to make sure that the law that was approved, that was narrowly designed for those who have a chronic illness or a severe disease, is not exploited by those who want to line their pockets."
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Yeah you hemorrhoidal flare-up quit blowin' hot air out yer piehole and build those jobs until then I'll be down at the pot shop! :lot-o-toke:
 

mishap

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What scares me is they want to make it so the Doctor who treats you for your illness is the one who has to sign your paper work. Our clinic that we go to can't sign the paper work or they loose their federal funding. They signed it last year and saved us a lot of money that this year we will have to pay to a MM clinic. Thats another 200+ dollars we can't afford. We only live on his S.S. disability (He's in the last stage of liver failure from our armed forces shots when he went in 30+ years ago) and don't dare sell to anyone so we have to burn the extra to not be over the limit. It would be nice to be able to give it away to someone who could get it to those who can't afford it. But they all want to make a profit from it so we just get rid of it. Even the cancer centers won't give it away.
 

RaysDad

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Please don't vote for this horse's ass for ANY type of political office in the future!!!! The politicians that usually come out from Michigan reflect the attitude of the older voters. Sorry to say this but it has been proven true time and time again. :goodluck::goodluck::goodluck: Younger voters just get off your buts and VOTE. :goodluck: RD :peace::peace:
 

jamminjerry

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from michigan also and will NEVER vote for him. have heard his talk on wjr radio and was talking so much trash, bout had to pull over to puke. only 1 question - WHY DON'T THEY LOOK FOR MURDERERS, RAPIST, PEDS, GRANDMAS MEDICINE CABINET, the way they are looking thru michigan for 13 plants. OMG, these asses are on their way to retirement fast. just wait til 2012, all you political asses that are defying the will of the people, you will be defeated!!! Peace
 

slojoe

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when detroit had all them good paying auto working jobs. they sold out to cheep labor namely mexico and non union southern states, so gov. what do you know about creating jobs any how !!!
 

kojack420

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They say its a bad thing but don`t complain about the 8 million the state has made from the program so far from the program
 

MaryJanesgirl

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What scares me is they want to make it so the Doctor who treats you for your illness is the one who has to sign your paper work. Our clinic that we go to can't sign the paper work or they loose their federal funding. They signed it last year and saved us a lot of money that this year we will have to pay to a MM clinic. Thats another 200+ dollars we can't afford. We only live on his S.S. disability (He's in the last stage of liver failure from our armed forces shots when he went in 30+ years ago) and don't dare sell to anyone so we have to burn the extra to not be over the limit. It would be nice to be able to give it away to someone who could get it to those who can't afford it. But they all want to make a profit from it so we just get rid of it. Even the cancer centers won't give it away.

in Michigan they actually cut cost for those on Medicaid, SSI or SSD. Instead of the $100 Application Fee to get the Card, if you can prove you are on one or more of the 3 above, the ID Card only costs $25.
 

MaryJanesgirl

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"Michigan ought to be a place where we're building jobs not pot shops. " -Pot Atheist

Doesn't it take peeoople to run those clinics...OMG! People Working equals jobs being created! Weed Clinics...Taxes...happier citizens...better economy...WORLD PEACE! :p See weed IS good.
 

mishap

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Yes, it's only 25$, but we have to pay the clinic over 200.00 instead of his yearly physical at our doctors which is paid by medicare. Our clinic (for his illness) actually got rid of the doctor there who signed his card last year.
 

mishap

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Here's a good one. Snyder's people just got in trouble for using taxpayers time for sending e-mails to get offical's at the Cherry festival to attend his breakfast. They're not even going to do a thing about it!
Go to Traverse City Record Eagle" for the story on "Local Snyder fundraiser email breaks law"
 

tannter1477

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"Michigan ought to be a place where we're building jobs not pot shops.

What this translates to is Michigan ought to be a place where we're filling our for profit prisons not pot shops. what a dick head
 
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