Politician: Too Many Abuse Medical Marijuana Law

LANSING (WWJ) – With the state legislature working on the budget, at least one lawmaker wants their attention to go back to medical marijuana when they’re done. WWJ’s Rob Sanford said a House Republican thinks some people are abusing the law.

Michigan’s Marijuana Law has been the subject of debate for months on how to enforce it or regulate it.

The law requires written permission from a doctor to be able to buy marijuana at a dispensary. But the language has been ambiguous, causing some law enforcement agencies to shut down such operations.

House Republican Mike Callton of Nashville, Mich. is not a fan of the law and doesn’t believe all people with medical marijuana prescriptions actually need the drug.

“You have marijuana users that are actually using it in a leisure form, but they’ve gotten a prescription for it and have figured out how to use it in a leisure form legally,” Callton said. “I can’t think of any other medicine that you take socially with other people, supposedly in a ‘comfort club’ setting.”

Callton said his goal is to eventually ban areas where users  gather to smoke the drug with others.

“It would make the medical marijuana comfort bar illegal. The concept of a social gathering for the purpose of consuming your medication together in the form of a social club, that would be illegal,” Callton said.

Callton wants to see the Legislature take up the issue once the state budget is completed.

What is clear, is that the debate over Michigan’s medical marijuana law is far from being over. Until then, law enforcement officials have said they will continue to shut down dispensaries until the law’s ambiguous language is cleared up.

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  1. Michael says:

    There is many more issues deserving of the intense focus of so far, useless Michigan law makers like Sanford. We didn’t put these people in office for them to waste time on personal crusades. Why not recognize and deal with the problem of Republicans advancing the machinations of corporations? Or, unlearning the martial art of weasel speak? Or, just plain telling the truth about their loathsome relationship with corporations usurping of government operations?

  2. BrandyB. says:

    I agree with you Michael. But I just wanted to point out the politician’s name is Callton. Sanford is just the reporter/writer/producer.
    Another objective on Callton’s list? Getting the state to pass the birther bill that would require potential presidential candidates to show their original birth certificate before being allowed to appear on the ballot.
    This guy is a nut. He should refocus his efforts on issues that actually matter to michigan’s citizens and not just himself!

  3. Adam DeVaney says:

    Is Calton a doctor? Are any of the politicians doctors who are raising issues of legitimacy with people’s choices in their medical treatment? It is the height of arrogance to assume that people know what is best for another person’s particular medical condition outside of the doctor patient relationship. Are people abusing marijuana? Possibly. Are people abusing prescription pain medication? As a substance abuse counselor, I can confirm that one. What are these politicians doing about that? Is it even within the scope of their practice to do so? These politicians need to get over the fact that the people initiated this and then used the ballot box to grant themselves a new right. It seems ironic that Michigan voted to give the conservatives both houses and the governor’s office, yet they think that somehow the voters were deceived at the ballot box. Maybe we were. Maybe we thought the Republicans actually supported the will of the voters.

  4. Adam DeVaney says:

    Is Calton a doctor? Are any of the politicians doctors who are raising issues of legitimacy with people’s choices in their medical treatment? It is the height of arrogance to assume that people know what is best for another person’s particular medical condition outside of the doctor patient relationship. Are people abusing marijuana? Possibly. Are people abusing prescription pain medication? As a substance abuse counselor, I can confirm that one. What are these politicians doing about that? Is it even within the scope of their practice to do so? It seems ironic that Michigan voted to give the conservatives both houses and the governor’s office, yet they think that somehow the voters were deceived at the ballot box. Maybe we were. Maybe we thought the Republicans actually supported the will of the voters.

  5. Kal Amazoo says:

    I’ve been to a so-called “comfort bar”. No biggie. People accused of abusing Cannabis may be lying, and actually NEED it.

  6. Karen says:

    Patients with debilitating medical conditions are often very isolated. If some patients come together and their medicine also lightens their mood, relieves anxiety, and brings them together with other patients coping with serious illness, isn’t that a good thing (as long as they are careful not to drive under the influence of any medication)?

    How easy it is to judge …

  7. Doug Orton - Host - Brighton Area Compassion Club says:

    I want to point out that not all clubs involved in this cannabis trade, are involved in distributing cannabis, nor in gatherings that turn into ‘medication gatherings’. There are groups out there called “Compassion Clubs” whose main goal is simply education, the simple dissemination of information about how to grow and utilize this medicine most effectively. They are usually non-profit entities that have taken compassion as thier mainstay, helping patients to effectively treat themselves…

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