Michigan voters overwhelmingly voted for Medical Marijuana in the state of Michigan back in 2008. Over the past year an anti-marijuana Gestapo consisting of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Cooper and trigger happy Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard along with all their flunkies have created an illusion that Medical Marijuana is destroying Oakland county and Michigan.
The three felt compelled to hold a press conference, covered by the Daily Tribune where they compared legal medical marijuana dispensaries to crack houses, in typical L. Brooks Patterson drama queen fashion. Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Cooper even made the totally illogical statement that medical marijuana cards could be issued to children, which is completely untrue unless their parents and doctors approve of it. A child suffering from cancer should have any medical relief they can receive, I guess Jessica Cooper has never experienced the heart breaking experience of watching a child suffer from debilitating pain from cancer, something medical marijuana helps ease. Or perhaps Cooper believes she is better qualified than health professionals and parents to determine what is best for their suffering children and patients, and I thought she was just merely a prosecutor.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has been against medical marijuana before the measure passed and is still against the measure even though the Oakland residents he serves voted for it overwhelmingly, perhaps its time for a new Oakland County Sheriff who is going to respect the people’s wishes and not his own warped, illogical views on medical marijuana that are based not on facts and scientific research but on some internal moralistic view that Bouchard is right and the majority of Michigan voters are wrong.
L. Brook Patterson on the other hand keeps making blanket statements that Michigan voters who voted for the measure had no idea that medical marijuana patients would be allowed to buy medical marijuana from legal medical marijuana dispensaries. I’m not sure how Patterson has obtain the ability to read the minds of thousands of Michigan voters from all across the state, perhaps the water in Oakland county contains some magical properties that allow this rather old man to tap into some super-human ability the rest of us are lacking.
Most likely his statements are merely his opinions, opinions unfounded by science and out of touch with the entire state of Michigan; perhaps Patterson would be better off retiring from public service since he is fighting against the majority of the folks he supposedly represents.
Another disturbing fact coming from this new marijuana Gestapo press conference is the claim that medical marijuana is somehow different from the pharmaceutical drugs many households and Michigan residents, including children are already on. Maybe the big businesses that Patterson is so cozy with are angry that they missed the boat on medical marijuana and want their part of the profits now that the state has thousands of medical marijuana cardholders according to the .
Ultimately it’s our choice, us Michigan voters can continue to vote people into office that do not represent us and want to dictate their beliefs and positions on the majority of us, or we can vote in people who merely want to serve the Michigan voter, regardless of their own personal beliefs or views.
Source: Carol Hopkins / “55,000 pot applications: County leaders call on state to clarify law on medical marijuana / The Daily Tribune / http://www.dailytribune.com/articles/2010/10/12/news/doc4cb449f5c284b893075454.txt