City puts hold on medical marijuana


STANDISH — The Standish City Council passed City Ordinance No. 246 Thursday. The ordinance puts a six-month moratorium on the issuance of permits for the sale or dispensation of medical marijuana within the city.

Though the city has not had any medical marijuana permits issued so far, this moratorium is intended to give them time to study the effects of having medical marijuana sold in Standish.

The public hearing about medical marijuana lasted seven minutes as one person from the public audience stood up and talked about the drug.

“I am highly opposed. We have a lot of drug problems,” Standish resident Jody Wilk said. “My whole family is against it.”

After the comment council member Ed Reno tried to clear up the issue of medical marijuana in Standish.

“It’s a control issue. The doctor prescribes the drug, and the patient can bring it back legally to the (city),” he said. “It is controlled. It’s no different than issuing out Vicodin. The (medical) marijuana can come back into the city.”

Some of the possible regulations the city will study include what distance there should be between the point of purchase and such establishments as schools and other sensitive environments, if any.

During the public hearing, Mayor Winslow explained why this moratorium was up for vote.

“The state passed it. But they were very vague on it,” he said. “We want to make sure we have all of our bases covered.”


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Just to clarify, I am opposed to the despenstion of medical marijuana within the city. If the Council has to opportunity to stop the despensing in the city, then that is what they should do. The citizens of Michigan voted without researching the law in its entirety. There are too many loop holes and now we are paying for it.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | Report this

“It’s a control issue. The doctor prescribes the drug, and the patient can bring it back legally to the (city),” he said. “It is controlled. It’s no different than issuing out Vicodin. The (medical) marijuana can come back into the city.”

The physician does NOT prescribe the drug, it is NOT distributed by the physicians office in any manner.

The physicians role is to asses the patients medical history to see if they qualify under the state of Michigan guidelines, he/she then signs a physicians certification certificate which then allows the patient to submit that form, along with an application to the state of Michigan who then issues the patient a card which allows them to obtain, posses and use medical marijuana.

It is completely different that prescribing Vicodin, which is distributed by a pharmacy and tightly controlled. Medical marijuana is meant to be obtained either by growing it yourself, naming a caregiver to grow or obtain for you. The patient is also legally allowed to obtain medical marijuana from any source, including the street.

Dispensaries are not addressed in the law, so people are trying them out and some are succeeding.

I can understand the frustrations of city officials and the residents of the community with the passing and implementation of this law. The law was written as vague, but it was meant to be written that way in order to allow the medical marijuana community to fill in the grey areas and help to meet the needs of patients. This is resulting in many arrests, and what we call affirmative defense cases.

What frustrates me are city officials who have not taken the time to understand the law before making blanket statements about how they believe medical marijuana is used and distributed.

Please remember that the patients are real people of all ages and walks of life.

Marijuana can be made into many forms of medication from the Simpson Oil, to topical oil to edibles. There is also a process which extracts the CBD's from the medicine which provides relief without getting any type of high.

Please take the time to educate yourself on this matter if it concerns you and your community.

Thank you from patients everywhere.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 | Report this

There is nothing good about marijuana. NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING

Unless saginawgardens thinks an obituary is something good!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010 | Report this

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