When you look at the state of Michigan currently and think its somewhat reasonable with it’s cannabis laws because it allows for the medical use with a doctors recommendation, I’d say you’re partially right. It was a huge step in the right direction and provided criminal protections for those who needed it. However there is no way for you to obtain it unless you can grow it yourself or know someone who can for you. I think that these options should be available but the legal options stop there. Not everybody has the ability or time to produce their own medicine and often need instant relief. Also, not every sick person has an experienced grower who has been growing it since the time it was illegal. There is no where for someone to safely access their medicine in a public setting. This makes people turn to black market dealers who have no interest in registering in the system to provide their legal medicine. There is absolutely no reason for this and the ones that do try to set up in the grey area of the law as “compassion centers” often get shut down and/or raided.
These are serious problems that need to be fixed to have a truly effective medical marijuana program in the state of Michigan. As far as not being a medical user, you get a permanent criminal record that you would otherwise never have if it was decriminalized, and at the very least face fines. If your’e a student like myself, you will not be eligible for any financial aid either. It’s also very possible you could face jail time or be pressured into becoming a confidential informant and risking your life. All for using a plant that grows from the ground. This year there is hopes of seeing a measure on the ballot to legalize cultivation and possession of the plant but without enough educated voters, it will never pass.
Have you ever been a victim of the war on marijuana? Have you been harassed by police for being a medical user in possession? They often try to prosecute for bullshit improper carrying violations and suspecting intoxication. Share your stories below!