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Letter to the editor

Just say 'yes' to more Marijuana Raids

September 15, 2010 - Dear editor,

Thanks for our Law enforcement for shutting down illegal Pot/Marijuana growing & selling joints; otherwise known as Marijuana Stores. Growing and selling marijuana is still a crime in Michigan; this act does not change that fact. The act permits only certain patients with certain illnesses to use, carry, and grow very strict amounts of marijuana for their personal use. Selling Marijuana is still illegal, regardless of whether or not a person has a qualifying illness.

Federal marijuana laws are the laws that the federal government enacts to criminalize marijuana possession, sale, and cultivation. Each U.S. state also passes their own marijuana laws, but when these laws are in conflict with the federal rules, the federal rules control. Traditionally drug crimes are prosecuted at the state level. But because some states have decriminalized marijuana crimes (such as for Medicinal purposes), federal prosecutions for marijuana possession/sale/cultivation are becoming more common. Our Federal Government has some extremely strict penalties, some of which involve decades of jail time.

Because the Federal Government does not recognize the "Marijuana for medical reasons," if you are prosecuted under federal law you will not be able to use any defense involving it. This means that even if your state has explicitly authorized us to grow Marijuana, federal agents can still arrest us and can we can be sentenced according to the guidelines above (and indeed this has happened). Except in the use of the "legal prescription of 'Marinol' which already exist & comes from the THC in Marijuana" for medicinal purposes.

Last week, the man accused of growing marijuana plants in his Auburn Hills backyard has been charged with manufacturing the controlled substance of marijuana and was given a $10,000 personal bond.

Judge Peter O'Connell was part of a three-judge panel that affirmed a decision by a lower court to reinstate drug charges against two people in Oakland County who were caught with marijuana plants last year. Judge Peter O'Connell issued a 30-page opinion on the state's act, sympathizing with prosecutors. Jessica Cooper, Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney, said: "This (O'Connell's opinion) is the position we've taken for a very long time."

I have been to quite a number of our local Township & Village meetings in the last several months on this subject leaving me aghast that 'growing & selling Pot legally" would even still be debated. It's an open & shut case: the state of Michigan did not give it's blessings for Marijuana stores. A person can grow up to 12 plants per year which can produce one lb. of weed & can be cultivated 4 times per year. This boils down to 12 x 4 equaling 48 lbs. of weed per year. Each Lb. is worth $6000.00 to $8000.00 on open market. Could or would a severally ill person smoke 4 Lbs. of Weed per month worth $32,000? On the other hand, would they prefer to sell their Marijuana for profit? What would any reasonable thinking person do? You be the judge.

John W. Hart

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