Are Michigan cannabis farmers about to hit gold? Or will their state’s law enforcement do everything in their power to shut them down before they can reach their full potential?
A New Green Rush?
The powers-that-be in the state aren’t holding back their opinion that cannabis is no good.
Officially, authorities in Michigan are wasting no effort in discouraging the state’s citizens from seeking solace in legal medical cannabis. Or discouraging Michigan cannabis farmers.
The state’s attorney general has gone on record declaring the state’s decade-old medical-marijuana laws are a cloak to disguise drug cartels. Law-enforcement is acting accordingly.
A gang of drug cops just north of Detroit has earned a notorious reputation for using military-style tactics and gear when pursuing cases against registered marijuana patients. The target of one raid was an active sheriff’s deputy who committed the crime of having cannabis-infused butter in his home. He later took his own life.
The state’s hundreds of marijuana dispensaries have become prime targets for law enforcement, who require no more “investigation” than perusing ads in the local press.
Even the bureaucrats tasked with guiding the state’s medical-cannabis program are hostile: Their official plan for licensing marijuana activity in the state is predicated on shutting that activity down for as long as six months. Consequently, this would leave patients who actually need the stuff with no alternate supply of medicine aside from the black market.
And it’s not working. At all. This state loves weed.
Michigan Cannabis Farmers
Michigan looks like a near-lock to legalize recreational marijuana next year.
A college in the state’s far-north Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior is offering an undergraduate degree in “medicinal plant chemistry,” Ivory Tower-speak for “majoring in weed science.”
And despite the bureaucratic wrangling, the fees, the delays and a bellicose federal Justice Department, state officials are