Medical Marijuana Debate Rages on in Local Live Broadcast


CMNtv highlights the issue during a town hall because it makes for “good community television.”

By Monica Mercer | April 26, 2011


Shrill laughter by card-carrying medical marijuana users as well as concerns over the state’s medical marijuana law emanated Monday night from the tiny studios of CMNtv, proving the issue of medical marijuana in Michigan remains as divisive as ever.

The law was the focus of the local access cable channel’s third Michigan Town Hall Live program. The previous two shows focused on the state budget and the movie industry and Monday night’s live broadcast proved the most robust yet, according to CMNtv’s executive director H. Jay Wiencko Jr.

“Why did we do this? Because this law is an unsettled issue and that makes for good community television,” Wiencko said.

About 25 audience members crammed into the the tiny studio on Souter Drive in Troy during the hourlong broadcast, moderated by attorney and Fox 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton and sponsored by the Oakland Press. Langton gave audience members the opportunity to voice their opinions and questions to a panel made up of local lawmakers, lawyers and advocates. About 10 viewers also called in, and more than five dozen comments appeared via Facebook, Twitter and email.

The panel included attorney Michael Komorn, board member of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association; state Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake; Charles Semchena, Royal Oak City Commissioner; J. Van Dyke, national director of the American Medical Marijuana Association; Mike Bosnic, Oakland County Commissioner from Clawson, and attorney and advocate Matthew Abel.

Those in favor of the law came out swinging hard and seemed to make up a majority of the studio audience and those who called in.


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