Medical Marijuana Raids In Michigan
Patient/Caregiver Fees Are Being Used
When a Michigan medical marijuana patient sends their fee to the state Capitol (Lansing) to register – they reasonably assume the money goes to processing and ensuring the card and required documents reach her.
If someone were to ask me what happens to the money from patient or caregiver fees, that would be my answer.
Turns out, if I did answer the question in that way, I’d be wrong – in a sense.
Last month, we learned the state of Michigan had received an excess of funds from the caregivers and patient registrations; Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs — LARA — gave $1.2 million to 18 county sheriffs, including those in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. The grants are intended via legislative approval to be used by sheriffs for training and enforcement of Michigan’s medical marijuana act.
That’s right. The money sent to Lansing by patients and caregivers to register – is being used to raid medical marijuana dispensaries.
This is not a small number either – we’re talking about tens of thousands of dollars.
“They’re raiding the same people who paid those fees,” said Young, 58, who has glaucoma, one of the ailments treated with medical marijuana in Michigan.
According to the memo, the county sheriff plans to spend $98,000 on 28 raid-style bulletproof vests, $80,000 on a Chevrolet van, pickup and trailer to transport seized marijuana plants; $10,000 to train investigators and $134,000 for overtime pay to medical-marijuana investigators. Much of the overtime pay is being offered to 15 communities in Oakland County that lend officers to OAKNET — the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team.
This story further proves that there is still much work to do. The story also highlights the shocking irresponsible behavior of our “elected officials” when it comes to compassion over profit and progressing down the correct path.
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