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A sign at S.G. Health and Wellness Center on Fifth Street in Michigan Center tells patients the dispensary is closed, Monday, February 25, 2013 [J. Scott Park/Mlive.com]
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A sign at S.G. Health and Wellness Center on Fifth Street in Michigan Center tells patients the dispensary is closed,
Monday, February 25, 2013
[J. Scott Park/Mlive.com]

Let’s Take Care Of That, Shall We?

Jackson County, Michigan Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka has ordered all dispensing of medical marijuana in the county to come to an immediate halt.

Jarzynka sent cease-and-desist letters last Friday to the 18 known dispensaries in Jackson County; in the letter he points to the recent Michigan Supreme Court decision which bans patient-to-patient sales of cannabis in the state.

“If the police bring me a case of a dispensary operating in violation, then this office will prosecute,” Jarzynka said, reports Lisa Satayut at at mLive.com. “I advised them in a letter, they have to comply with the law and to cease and desist immediately.”

Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka: "It is my obligation" [Office of the Prosecuting Attorney]
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Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka:
“It is my obligation to enforce the law”
[Office of the Prosecuting Attorney]

“It’s my obligation to enforce the law and it’s pretty clear this decision clarifies the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act,” Jarynka said. The Act was passed with the approval of a massive 63 percent of Michigan’s voters back in 2008.

Jarzynka said even if they didn’t get a warning letter, dispensary owners cannot use the excuse of not getting a letter; he said the written notification sent to dispensary owners is not required by law.

“If they are going to operate in violation of the law, they could be shut down,” he said. “Local dispensaries were well aware of the decision and have been given two weeks’ notice,” he said.

Patients can still supposedly buy medical marijuana through caregivers, but not from a dispensary or any storefront business that dispenses it.

Caregivers, because they are protected under the Supreme Court ruling, will have a hard time growing enough cannabis to supply the demand, according to medical marijuana patient Whitney Keir, who said the ruling would force patients to buy on the black market.

A sign at Eden Hydroponics tells patients they are closed until further notice [J. Scott Park/Mlive.com]
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A sign at Eden Hydroponics tells patients they are closed until further notice
[J. Scott Park/Mlive.com]

Medical marijuana advocate, patient and cancer survivor Steve Sharpe said there is “no safe place right now” for patients to get medical marijuana.

“We don’t know what to do about it,” Sharpe said. “It seems like the county should step up and protect its citizens.”

Jarzynka Claims He Hasn’t Heard From Patients Regarding The Ban

Since sending out the cease-and-desist letters, Prosecutor Jarzynka claims he hasn’t received “very many” complaints from medical marijuana patients about the closing of dispensaries in Jackson County. This, of course, means that he needs to hear the voice and concerns of every single patient in the county.

The prosecuting attorney is an elected official and works for  the citizens of Jackson County. If you can’t reach him and/or he does not return your calls in a timely manner, call again.

If you can’t reach Jarzynka himself, reach out to his staff as well. They all need to know the burden, pain and suffering that lack of safe access to medical marijuana is causing patients.

Be polite, persistent, and firm about the real need for medical marijuana dispensaries.

Jerry Jarzynka, prosecuting attorney: 517.788.4283

Also at 517.788.4283:

Mark E. Blumer, chief assistant prosecuting attorney

Margaret V. Teske, chief of administrative services

Jerrold Schotenboer, chief appellate and attorney general special assistant

Kati Rezmierski, assistant prosecuting attorney

Nick Mehalco, Jr., assistant prosecuting attorney

Jared Hopkins, assistant prosecuting attorney

Christopher Dickerson, assistant prosecuting attorney

Doug Newton, assistant prosecuting attorney

Jennifer Walker, assistant prosecuting attorney

Charlie Hamlyn, assistant prosecuting attorney

Monica Stephens, assistant prosecuting attorney

Kimberly D. Graham, assistant prosecuting attorney, 517.780.4767

Susan M. Vogt, victim’s rights team, 517.788.4071

 

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