The conclusion of a two-part series about the impact of the medical marijuana law.
By Anne Stanton, Northern Express
Last week, Northern Express profiled two pot growers who have a “passion” for marijuana. They love to grow it, they love to smoke it. They believe it can make people feel better and even cure them.
One of the growers, Archie, made a decision to come out publicly as a legal “caregiver” who supplies marijuana for patients. Under the law, he is allowed to grow the plants and be compensated for the cost of growing (lights, energy and the plants themselves).
The law is a bit gray, and written in a way that obtaining starter plants might require an illegal sale. Area law enforcement officials, however, said they aren’t planning to target caregivers or patients.
“Some of these people are nervous that we are out to get them, looking over their shoulders, looking in the bushes, all paranoid,” said Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley. “Is this public enemy Number One for us? No, but if we come across it, we will deal with it. It’s not changing the way we do business.”
But why was the law written this way?
“I’ve seen a lot of news stories coming out of Michigan, I guess we never did a good a job explaining it,” said Dan Bernath of the Marijuana Policy Project, a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. “Federal marijuana policy is why the law was written that way.”