“I hope it’s done in a civil way,” he added.
“And that everyone comes to terms with the fact that it will be difficult to amend (the statute).”
But amending the statute is exactly what most law enforcement wants to see, including Wriggelsworth.
law needs to be rewritten so everyone understands it,” he said. “I
don’t think the group that drafted this had all their lights turned on.
Maybe that was by design.”
added that the “paranoia on the part of everybody” that police are
lurking near these businesses in Ingham County, waiting to bust them, is
simply not true.
“The idea that there’s cops hiding behind trees is wrong,” he said.
added that he has not received any complaints about the businesses in
Lansing, and therefore has not acted upon them. He said he only works
with Dunnings when something “needs to be investigated and charged,” and
he said that has only happened in the case of Fredrick Wayne Dagit and
an alleged bust of more than 200 pounds of marijuana at the Green Leaf
Smokers Club in Williamstown Township, which Dagit owned.
Dunnings did not return calls for comment.
County Prosecutor Jeff Sauter said that the inconsistency in law
enforcement at the county and local level is “unfortunate.”
“It’s the byproduct of the way the medical marijuana law was written,” Sauter said.
“From a legal point of view, it’s very complex and from a law enforcement point of view it’s complex and frustrating.”
Sauter said he advises deputies to not make arrests if there is a state-issued card at the scene to “avoid potential civil liability for the officer or department.”
Schneider, who operates Capitol City Compassion Club at 2010 E.
Michigan Ave., said she is “very comfortable” being a patient and a
caregiver in Ingham County.
“As soon as I leave Ingham County, I’m nervous,” she said.
said she has been pulled over by Ingham County police while
transporting plants and usable product for her patients — all within the
legal quantities — and “it was no problem.”
Schneider said the rules at Capitol City Compassion Club are simple: “Get a caregiver or get lost.”
Nov. 3, Capital City Caregivers, 2208 E. Michigan Ave., organized a bus
trip to Ferndale to protest outside of a community center where a
probable cause hearing was happening for the Ferndale Nine. About 20
people rode the bus to show support to those who are part of the same cause.
Basore, founder of Capital City, said “the more the merrier” when it
comes to medical marijuana businesses in Lansing. While the news out of
Oakland County and the election of Bill Schuette as attorney general —
who led the opposition to the 2008 ballot initiative — is grim for
medical marijuana advocates, Basore said Ingham County is still a
relatively safe place.
For the protesters in Ferndale, the actions by Bouchard were a violation of patients’ rights.
Lansing Community College Student Sierra Porter attended last week’s
rally and is in the process of getting her paperwork processed with the
“I have a little bit of anxiety, seeing all the different (arrests) in Michigan. What if it happens here?” she wonders.
said despite the questions surrounding law enforcement and medical
marijuana dispensaries, it’s nice to be part of a community that’s
supporting each other and not hiding in their basements.
“The thought that I’d have people stand up for me and be supportive, that kind of community is pretty cool,” she said.