A large group of medical marijuana activists plans to hold a protest in downtown Jackson, Michigan, to send a message to the county prosecutor that they disagree with his decision to shut down medicinal cannabis dispensaries.
The protest is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, March 8, in front of the Jackson County Tower Building, 1209 West Michigan Avenue, in Jackson, reports Lisa Satayuti at Mlive.com. More than 100 medical marijuana patients, caregivers and activists are expected.
The protest is at the county building — rather than the courthouse where the prosecutor works — to help bring the issue to the attention of all city and county officials, according to organizer Joe Cain. Jackson City Hall is located on the same block as the county building, on the opposite side of Michigan Avenue.
“Even though the focus of much of the debate has been on the dispensary issue, there are more important issues at hand,” said Cain, who owns the Jackson Medical Marijuana Farmers Market. “The Supreme Court decision not only made it possible to shut down dispensaries but it also made almost every transaction involving marijuana illegal.
“They turned a law designed to help the sick into a Stamp Act meant to ensnare those who register for the program,” Cain told Toke Signals on Wednesday afternoon. “Section 4 of the act, that was supposed to protect the sick and their caregivers from arrest, has been nullified.
“I am dealing with tens of thousands of patients across the state who have no access,” Cain told us.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka on February 22 sent cease and desist letters to 18 dispensaries in the county. In the letter, he pointed to the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling banning patient-to-patient sales.
Cain said the group hopes Jarzynka will reverse his decision.
“The purpose of this Act was to protect patients and caregivers from arrest,” Cain said. “Patients and caregivers are now afraid to engage in activity that was guaranteed to them by Michigan voters.
“Now all the dispensaries in Jackson County have been shut down, eliminating access for most of the patients,” Cain said. “The law has been nullified.”
To visit the Facebook page for the protest, click here.