Rally In Lansing To Address Arrests Under Medical Marijuana Law

DETROIT (WWJ) – Hundreds of patients and caregivers will rally on the Capitol steps at noon Wednesday in Lansing against the ongoing arrests of patients under Michigan’s Medical Marijuana law.

Attorney Michael Komorn, who represents several people arrested under the law, says the rally is to protest what he calls the unfair treatment of patients and caregivers.

“They’ve created a lot of waste of tax-payer dollars trying to find people in violation of the medical marijuana act, where just the opposite was to take place, it was supposed to be prophylactic and protect people from prosecution,” states Komorn.

Komorn says it can take up to six months for patients to get the cards that allow them to use marijuana.

“Why doesn’t the government try to get the cards out on time, why don’t you try to let it get implemented, in a way that patients can be respected by law-enforcement …” says Komorn.

“We’re finding out that law enforcement isn’t recognizing the law as intended, they are still arresting patients and arresting caregivers when they are protected by state law,” adds Komorn.

Komorn says they’d like to meet with politicians and law enforcement to discuss just what is acceptable under the law.  The rally runs from noon to 3 p.m.

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  1. Funky Cold Medina says:

    This rally is a complete joke. This rally is NOT about the PATIENTS. This attorney and the group of misfits and irregulars of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association are the ones making a mockery of this law. There has not been ONE person charged in the entire State of Michigan with regards to anything having to do with Medical Marijuana if they were abiding by the Patient/Caregiver system that was voted into law by 63% of the voters. The ONLY people getting charged with crimes are the ones who own and run illegal dispensaries and those who operate outside the scope of the act/law. These people must not be able to read the law and are getting some terrible advice from attorneys such as this one. Or, is this rally just a “tax write off” and a good way to “prospect” and meet new clients?

    1. Jasper Dodge (the engineer) says:

      You are completely WRONG!!! The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association does not endorse dispensaries, large scale grow operations or any illegal sale of marijuana. They fully endorse and adhere to the law as it was intended; the Patient-Caregiver relationship, designed for small-scale, compassionate care of patients in need of relief from the pain and suffering they deal with on a daily basis. You Sir, are completely out of line, and have no basis for your belligerent claims.

    2. LITLJON says:

      Funky, You should have went to the rally and meet some of these patients and caregivers you would find out that most are just like you think you are ” good people”

    3. Kingdiamond says:

      Funky cold Medina I’m a staff member at the Michigan medical marijuana associations website and you sound like your law enforcement to me there INDEED have been multiple raids and arrest and your the one who cant read the law i personally know of at least 5 close friends from the website that were operating within the guidelines of the law yet law enforcement is charging them with felony cultivating and manufacturing yet they were within the plant counts dried medicine weight and working with other legal patients and caregivers its the Leos and the politicians who are perverting the meaning of the medical marijuana act.

      Educate yourself on a subject before you open your uniformed mouth maybe then you wont look so foolish.

  2. Funky Cold Medina says:

    Jasper,

    I guess you don’t know the people at the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association like I do.

    Some day, I hope you’ll be able to see this.

    Lovely rainy day for patients to be our in…don’t you think? Why do you need clubs to go to and smoke pot? There aren’t any Vicodin or Morphine Clubs?

    LMAO!

    Funky Cold Medina

    1. Jasper Dodge (the engineer) says:

      There are clubs for Vicodin and Morphine, It’s called rehab. Opiates are absolutely terrible and completely ruin the lives of many people. Yet there are “legitimate” companies making billions of dollars off of these helpless addicts. Not to mention all of your tax money that the Government spends on providing these “medicines” by medicare and medicaid. Marijuana is virtually harmless compared to Vicodin, Morphine and the likes…

      Step into any High School and there will be 20 times more pills being passed around the hallways than marijuana.. Vicodin, Oxycontic, Ritalin, Ativan, Xanax… take your pick.

      What’s your beef anyways? There is much more money being made illegally off of marijuana than legally, wouldn’t you like to see that ratio reversed?

  3. NE1469 says:

    Again, this rally had nothing to do with PATIENTS! This rally (which I was delighted at the bad weather that engulfed Lansing during the Pothead Palooza) was solely to bring attention to the criminal cases of those people that were (and still are) stupid, greedy, and arrogant. You know, the dimwits who got caught in Waterford and Ferndale plus all the other criminals who were operating well outside of The Michigan Medical Mari(h)uana Act. All of them ARE going to prison. These people must be part of the 47% of the barely functioning illiterate in the Metro Detroit area. How they can’t read the law and abide by the patient/caregiver agreement is beyond me.
    Then, they have MEDICATION TENTS at The Loft in Lansing today and tonight. How is that legal? Tonight should make for a busy night for law enforcement in our capitol city. All of the nitwits who showed up are now part of a portfolio that will be passed amongst all law enforcement agencies across the local, state, and federal levels.
    These potheads might have some other kind of fetish that is just now coming to light. We can’t quite figure out why they keep taunting law enforcement and the entire legal community. We all know they are going to prison. The ONLY thing that has yet to be decided is if they are going to state or federal prison.
    Sweet dreams potheads.
    Book’em Dano!

    1. Mayorherb says:

      I am here to Say,President of the Clare County Compassion club…AS far as i know..There was NOT one arrest today at the Rally..Or after wards..Every one was great, Thanks..MMMA , are the ones that drafted the law..I am sure they know what it means..

      1. sho says:

        Not one that I know of either, I walked the halls freely with a “LEGAL” shirt and talked to some folks. Stood tall, medicated freely back at the Loft and enjoyed myself. Your garbage spewing isn’t getting you very far, or very much support.

    2. DG says:

      The law says you can’t use marijuana in public. I don’t have the ability to see through vinyl, thus consider a tent to be fairly private, and within the scope of the law. No?

    3. warren says:

      some patients like myself have no caregiver because i dont know anybody who grows the stuff, i dont want to go buy it off the street because of people out here robbing and stealing and its just plain dangerous, i cant really afford to purchase the lights and pay electric bills to grow it either. dispenseries seem like the best idea because im not worried about getting robbed in a place of business in the suburbs thats set up to serve patients medication. vikodan oxycotin xanax are all very addictive and have become an epidemic in this country because the feds allowed it to happen. i hate pills, vikodan always upset my stomach and i hate eating those dumb things. i hope the state allows disspenseries so i will have a safe place to get medication

      1. NE1469 says:

        Leave it to a bunch of Pothead Zombies like “Warren” that can’t even spell.

        Dispensaries are ILLEGAL.

        Hopefully, the law gets more clear in 2012 and we can arrest and shut down the rest of these DEVIL WEED establishments.

        It is funny that Big Daddy’s has now been run out of Oakland County and has now been forced to, once again, run away from their Chesterfield location.

        Why would anyone in their right mind go protest for a group of people who are gouging patients at $20-25-30 a gram pricing when you can grow the stuff for well under $50 an ounce.

        The days are rapidly approaching when these little Pothead Dweebs are going to all get rounded up, have the cuffs slapped on them, and hauled away to the closest FEMA Camp!!!

        My good friend Bill Schuette and the rest of my friends in the state legislature are going to crack their collective boots off in you in just a matter of days.

  4. ADAM P. says:

    FUNKY AND NE1469,

    FIRST OF ALL THERE ARE PLACES CALLED METHADONE CLINICS TO NAME ONE PLACE FOR YOUR PRESCRIPTION ABUSERS TO USE DRUGS.PEOPLE TAKE THERE MEDICATIONS IN PUBLIC ALL THE TIME AND ARE LAWFULLY ABLE TO DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF,OPERATE HEAVY MACHINERY ETC… OXYCOTIN,VICODIN,AMONG MOST OTHER PAIN KILLERS ARE A PHARMACY GRADE HEROIN.WHO WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE DRIVING NEXT TO YOU ON THE ROAD A “POTHEAD” WHO MEDICATED IN A TENT 30 MINUTES BEFORE HE DROVE OR A PRESCRIPTION ABUSER OR DRUNK JUST WALKING OUT OF A BAR? YOU PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS THAT MAKE YOU SOUND IGNORANT.A FEW ?’S…….HOW MANY OF OUR CHILDREN OVERDOSE EVERYDAY FROM OPENING MEDICINE CABINETS OR BARS THAT ARE OUT IN THE OPEN IN YOUR HOME? (PATIENTS MEDS ARE UNDER LOCK AND KEY!) HOW ARE PATIENTS TAUNTING LAW ENFORCEMENT? BY RALLYING AND SPEAKING UP FOR OUR RIGHTS FOR WHAT WE VOTED FOR AND PASSED AND NOW OUR GOVENOR,ATT. GEN., AND OTHER LAWMAKERS WANT TO IGNORE THE LAW AND USE IT TO VIOLATE OUR RIGHTS BY BREAKING DOWN OUR DOORS,TAKING OUR KIDS, AND LEAVING US NO ALTERNATIVE TO HIGHLY ADDICTIVE OPIATES,PAINFUL CHEMO AND RADIATION THERAPIES AND ON AND ON. DONT LET A FEW BAD APPLES SET THE BAR FOR THE MAJORITY OF US LAW ABIDING PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS.WHAT IF WE CRIMINALIZE ALCOHOL BECAUSE A COUPLE PEOPLE DRIVE DRUNK OR KICK IN YOUR DOOR BECAUSE YOUR KID STOLE VICODIN FROM YOUR BATHROOM. EDUCATE YOURSELVES SO YOU DONT LOOK LIKE CLOWNS!!!!

  5. NE1469 says:

    SWEET DREAMS POTHEADS!
    Book’em Dano!

  6. Switzerland says:

    Ne1469 and funky cold medina:
    I find your comments mean spirited and aimed at bullying those who are trying to advocate for individuals who are truly sick. These comments are truly immature and are fighting words. I imagine that these medication tents are set up to help sick individuals feel comfortable and accepted when they are far from home and made the journey to be there today. They provide a safe environment fir them to get their medication when they are not in their homes. Obviously you are fortunate enough to not have a sick loved one and I assume you are just unable to put yourself in those shoes. Additionally, i have seem horrifying police video of sick individuals being harassed by police enforcement upon arrest. Later these individuals are found to be in compliance with the law and acquitted if their charges, mostly due to these attorneys you speak so poorly of. Yet they must suffer through the legal process, with both their time and money, having done nothing wrong. It seems to me that you have a personal issue here and are failing to see a bigger picture. Can’t you just set aside your ego and walk a mile in a patients shoes. This rally gives them a voice. And you are just yelling back with your unkind words and hateful propaganda. would you like to pay your hard earned dollars to put marijuana users in jail? Or are you just the kind of person who would like to see the individuals your hate is aimed at suffering in a cell? Simply because it is a different view? You sound like a raceist. These people have the right to a belief, a right to speech, and a right to feel. Just as you do. But please try to speak your mind from an intelligent debatable place, otherwise your opponents won’t be able to see your view, they will only hear the hate.

  7. Switzerland says:

    However, I do agree with you non one point: it is disrespectful for individuals to abuse the law. And these individuals should indeed have a day in court. But i imagine that these cases and individuals are the minority. I feel that patients and caregivers are being treated as if what they are doing is still illegal. And please dont hate on someone for their job. Everyone has a right to an attorney. These individuals have a right to defense. Keep in mind this was a political event. I believe mr Komorn was there to advocate for real patients. Those who would like the freedom to move on and to not be scared to use the medication of their choice. Not to “prospect”. And it can’t even be a “write off”. As mr Komorn said, it would be a good idea to discuss what is reasonable among law enforcement and politicians.

  8. Switzerland says:

    And that “pothead” stuff has got to stop. It is socially unacceptable in 2011 to use a slur to refer to a group of individuals. Your words will only stigmatize. And your view may not be taken as intelligent or seriously.

  9. mad chad scientist says:

    Stop arresting patients and allow the sick good citizens make their own decisions on the type of medical treatment they wish to receive. Why must people always harp on the things they really know nothing about. Its not your life. It does not effect you. Why should the sick be forced to take medication that has far more additives then cigarettes and food combined potentially causing death. When they can use Medical Marijuana which has no additives and has no possible of causing death. That is unless theres some one out there who can smoke 15lbs in 15 mins. Good luck finding any articles of someone dying from Marijuana. Not only should we use this plant for medication. We should also be using it for paper, clothing, and well what ever is use full. Which if you do some research you find that One acre of hemp can produce as much paper as 4 to 10 acres of trees over a 20-year cycle, but hemp stalks only take four months to mature, whereas trees take 20 to 80 years. This information was known in 1916, according to a USDA report. Hemp paper can also be recycled more often, though this fact is not of much value, since hemp is a reusable resource. The government just wants our money.

  10. mad chad scientist says:

    Michigan needs to Stop arresting patients and allow the sick good citizens make their own decisions on the type of medical treatment they wish to receive. Why must people always harp on the things they really know nothing about. Its not your life. It does not effect you. Why should the sick be forced to take medication that has far more additives then cigarettes and food combined potentially causing death. When they can use Medical Marijuana which has no additives and has no possible of causing death. That is unless theres some one out there who can smoke 15lbs in 15 mins. Good luck finding any articles of someone dying from Marijuana. Not only should we use this plant for medication. We should also be using it for paper, clothing, and well what ever is use full. Which if you do some research you find that One acre of hemp can produce as much paper as 4 to 10 acres of trees over a 20-year cycle, but hemp stalks only take four months to mature, whereas trees take 20 to 80 years. This information was known in 1916, according to a USDA report. Hemp paper can also be recycled more often, though this fact is not of much value, since hemp is a reusable resource. The government just wants our money.

  11. dennis says:

    problem is people abuse laws wether its weed pills or drink.but untill goverment makes two things happen it will continue the same.first rogue cops dont get to use the law for there own use when i was younger in hines park westland mich cops use to harras us and take our weed and let us go then go smoke it.but if you did get arrested you paid the price.the other is that all the people finding ways to get a card j ust to sioke weed thats wrong too.the law is intended for the sick.so any other version of it you should get arrested that only helps the sick people.same as if you get vicoden just to sell dont whine if you get caught you knew the risk.but maybee stricter guidlines to get a card may help im not sure but just like your right to own a gun dont bother me cause i own one its legal.and the law needs to be the same wether you are driving drunk.high.on pills or weed you go to jail that is fair.but dont bother a guy cause he has the card and follows the rules yuo cant have it both ways.so untill the cops ane users both follow the same rules it wont be right.and they should have known beyoe passing this law yhey would still have abusers of the system. just look at welfare

  12. Shammakamma Dingdong says:

    I’sa benz at da’ rally senses bout 9am ands i be so high rite now i donts member how i gots home ands a alls i know is dat i smoked me sum uv da beses herbs i ever duds smokes

    1. ARTHUR61 says:

      learn to spell,,what the heck is this

  13. FatMarty says:

    Control.
    It’s all about letting go and letting live; but some just can’t accept that.
    2/3’rds of the citizens of Michigan Voted to Protect Patients with this Act.

    Who do you serve?
    2 out of 3 of your neighbors voted for this law.
    That means you are potentialy surrounded by ‘Pothead Patient’ supporters.

    Trust.
    Neither of us trust each other – at all.
    We won’t help you because we don’t trust you.
    That means we Don’t call when other crimes are witnessed or known of.

    If we had Trust you would relinquish Control and be able to Serve us better.
    Our communities actually suffer more crime and injustice because 1/3 can’t accept their neighbors view on a medicine and a program that is State law.
    How does this help the ‘Children’?

    Dispensaries are not legal. Patients are.

  14. DG says:

    ^ “in the system.” Care to clarify NE1469? I thought potheads were supposed to be paranoid. Medical records are secure, and patients have been told straight from the president himself, that the federal government is uninterested in prosecuting patients compliant under state law. Believe it or not, state governments predate the federal government and their laws are thoroughly respected. I don’t understand where you are getting your information. Please elaborate.

  15. DG says:

    reply is below

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  21. Tabby says:

    Round up these pot heads, lock them up in prison where they belong. This is a horribly addictive, dangerous demonic drug that ruins lives of everyone. Cops should arrest all users-cards or not. If they are sick-they can go to their docoors and get a prescription. Prescriptions are safe. This plant however is evil and very toxic. I ran into a pot head last night at the bar and we could all spell the smoke. I called 911.

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