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Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee: Marijuana Dispensaries Testify Oct 27


michigan capital marijuanaBelow is the Notice of Scheduled Meeting for the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 27. Although House Bills 4209/4210/4827 are not officially listed on the notice, Committee Chair Senator Rick Jones will once again take controlled testimony from select groups regarding the proposed changes to the Michigan medical marijuana laws contained in those bills.

Scheduled to give presentations during that meeting are Robin Schneider and Doug Mains on behalf of the National Patients’ Rights Association, a Michigan organization mostly composed of dispensary owners; the Michigan Cannabis Development Association, a group of dispensary owners who used to be in the NPRA; Helix TCS, an outstate security firm “run by former decorated military and law enforcement personnel”; and the Evergreen Management Group, led by former candidate for US Congress, George Brikho.

In the last meeting of the Senate Judiciary, several corporations gave presentations on various systems designed to comply with proposed state regulations requiring a seed-to-sale tracking system and potential takeover of the state’s patient registry database. BioTrack THC from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, offered two programs to the Senators: a system that monitors growing locations themselves (1,400 units in place across the USA) and a system for seed-to-sale tracking of commercial cannabis production (in place in N.Y., Illinois, Washington and New Mexico).

An out-of-state entity, Beacon Information, claimed their product can “track all the transactions and all the participants in the medical marijuana system” in Michigan. When questioned by Sen. Jones the representative admitted that their CDMP program is not currently operating in any other states.

A second company- and the only one that hails from Michigan- was Blue Health and Wellness, LLC. Formed by a well-connected group of Oakland County Republican operatives, the business was recognized as incorporated by the state on October 2, just two weeks before the hearing. Normally one would think it impossible for a start-up company to get a special presentation before the most powerful Senate Committee in the state, but spokesman David Baetens told the audience that it was arranged by another Oakland County Republican, Sen. Kowall.

The Blue Health presentation was a read-the-screen PowerPoint slideshow. They admit that their software program is not complete and that it is an adaptation of a program currently being used to track evidence and forfeited goods by some police agencies. The address listed in the state registry for Blue Health is a Clarkston home on Deer Lake worth a half-million dollars featuring five baths and three bathrooms.

After the three corporate entities gave their presentations, Sen. Jones told them that the decision to use or not use their services was not the responsibility of any Senator, especially those in this Committee. That selection would be made by an as-yet unnamed marijuana board, whose creation depends upon the passage of the three bills who Sen. Jones was not taking direct testimony on. But thanks for coming down and talking to us anyway, fellas.

Senator Jones refused to accept testimony from the public on the presentations or on the three-bill package, promising that the people would have their time “at a later date.” He failed to reveal that date. A hallmark of Jones’ actions during previous testimony on medical marijuana issues is to ignore the input from citizenry in favor of extended pandering to law enforcement representatives. The next, as-yet unannounced, meeting of the Senate Judiciary will feature testimony from police and prosecutors. Jones is that predictable.

Will there be time for testimony from The People before Jones does what sneaky Representative Kesto did in his House committee and call for a vote on these three bills BEFORE hearing from the citizens? Nobody knows- except Sen. Jones.

Written testimony on the three-bill package can be sent to the Committee Clerk directly to:






COMMITTEE:       Judiciary


DATE:                    Tuesday, October  27, 2015


TIME:                     3:00 p.m.


PLACE:                  Room 110, Farnum Building, 125 W. Allegan Street, Lansing, MI   48933


PHONE:                Corey Woodby  (517) 373-1721

Committee Clerk




Presentations on the Medical Marijuana Industry by:

Robin Schneider and Doug Mains on behalf of the National Patients’ Rights Association

Michigan Cannabis Development Association

Helix TCS

Evergreen Management Group


SB 20       Sen. Shirkey           Criminal procedure; other; default standard for mens rea in criminal statutes; establish.


SB 471     Sen. Robertson       Courts; district court; sixty-seventh district; clarify fourth division jurisdiction.


HB 4713 Rep. McBroom       Criminal procedure; other; default standard for mens rea in criminal statutes; establish.



And any other business properly before the committee.



In the spirit of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with a disability should feel free to contact the Office of the Secretary of the Senate by phone [(517) 373-2400] or by TDD [(517) 373-0543] if requesting special services to effectively participate in the meeting.



Corey Woodby Senate Majority Committee Clerk




Source: The Compassion Chronicles


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"Rick Thompson was the Editor in Chief for the entire 2-year run of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine, was the spokesman for the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers and is the current Editor and Lead Blogger for The Compassion Chronicles. Rick has addressed committees in both the House and Senate, has authored over 200 articles on marijuana and is a professional photographer." Rick Thompson Is An Author At The Compassion Chronicles and focuses on all things Michigan.


  1. About that half – million dollar home on Deer Lake…..”Blue Health & Wellness, LLC” the 5 bedroom house with 3 baths?????…. PHEW !!! …at least it wasn’t a P.O. Box in India or Greece (no pun intended)……. So we know it’s a homeland based company. The Oakland County Republican ‘OPERATIVES’…..(cute)…indeed operatives. Blue Health & Wellness, LLC sounds thoughtful, caring. ….so I ask, “Where’s my Blue moon mocha and that massage therapist?” And while I’m sipping on my Blue Health & Wellness, LLc Blue Moon Mocha and waiting for the massage therapist< "Would someone please explain to me ….Just what does a software program 'used' to track forfeited goods by police agencies have to do with Blue Health & Wellness, LLC./" …..It's OBVIOUS these outside of Michigan corporate 'Opreratives' have in mind………along with the Blue Health & Wellness, LLC………it's $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  2. I don’t bother about getting a card and going to the shop.
    I got this reliable connect i met through a friend, i just place my order and pouf like magic, someone brings my order to me.
    He even shipped to me twice when i was out of state.
    He is very discreet so i don’t bother about getting a card
    Deliveries being made all day…
    get your orders in by emailing (lowrenceg @gmail.com)

  3. The one thing I can not stand is scams and spam. If it’s to good to be true, it is not true. My name does not spell out sucker. So if I do not have to buy anything, not 1 cent. If I do not have to sell anything that is junk, or made of false promises. Than I will listen ,but not on this blog. This blog is for Marijuana legalization and not scams so do not waste my time or any other person time on this site.

  4. Big money and political bullshit once again out to do their best to enhance their own lifestyle while the rest of our citizens are ignored and treated as ignorant annoying pets to do as they want and don’t ask questions. Well guess what senator Jones you and your strong arm police buddies along with any other person on your so called committee times are changing people are fed up with friends and family being locked up over harmless Marijuana. We are tired of the lies. We are tired of the unfair treatment and we deserve better and we want better treatment we put you in office and we can remove you from office.

  5. Again it’s boiling down to the big money wanting all the pie. It’s frigging medicine and has never hurt anything except keeping redneck politics in busness. Crying shame the bill couldn’t be sponsored as helpful instead of political

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