Spicy debate over medical marijuana

Excerpt from The Macomb Daily

Spicy debate over medical marijuana

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

By Charles Crumm
For The Macomb Daily

A panel of six and a lively audience debated the apparent confusion
surrounding Michigan’s medical marijuana law Monday in a special town
hall meeting at CMNtv in Troy sponsored by The Oakland Press in the
wake of recent federal raids in Novi and Walled Lake.

The panelists and the audience jumped right into the debate moderated
by local attorney and television personality Charlie Langton.

Royal Oak City Commissioner Chuck Semchena said the wording of the act
approved by voters in 2008 is vague and effectively leaves the state
without a functioning medical marijuana law.

He also questioned the amount of marijuana that could be grown by the
12 plants allowed under the Michigan law.

“Even Cheech and Chong couldn’t smoke the amount of marijuana 12
plants produces in a year,” he said.

A grower in the audience disagreed, saying each plant only produces a
few ounces.

Also on the panel were state Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, attorneys
Michael Komorn and Matthew Abel, Oakland County Commnissioner Mike
Bosnic, R-Clawson, and J. Van Dyke, director of the American Medical
Marijuana Association.

Kowall said one of the problems with the state’s law is that it
doesn’t regulate where marijuana comes from or how it is supplied.

“People are importing marijuana into the state from Mexico,” Kowall
said, “We’re not disputing the fact that the people of Michigan
approved it.”

Abel, who said marijuana should be legalized, questioned whether
there’s a conflict with federal law that classifies marijuana as an
illegal schedule 1 drug.

“Section 28(e) of the controlled substances laws leaves it open for
states to regulate,” he said.

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