Created on 06 December 2012
We've seen it before, but here were go again. A public figure leads the opposition to a medical marijuana initiative, loses at the polls, and rather than supporting the will of the voters uses his positon and public money to continue the fight against the measure. We saw it with the passage of the MMMA in 2008, and now we see it again with the efforts of Kent Co. Prosecutor Bill Forsyth to block the decriminalization measure recently approved by nearly 60% of the voters in Grand Rapids. Can he do it? I don't know I'm not a lawyer. But I do know that there are things you CAN do, and things you SHOULD do, and they are not always the same.
The difference between this effort and the one mounted against the MMMA of 2008 is that one of our Reps in Lansing, at no small risk to his political career, has stood up to the injustice. Brandon Dillon, the State Rep for Grand Rapids, sent the above letter to Kent Co. Prosecutor Forsyth, asking him to support the will of the same voters that helped to put him in office and stop the assault on their successful ballot initiative. Can you set a price on integrity and courage? I think not, but Rep Dillon may have to pay one. Take a moment out of your day to give his office a call or send an email to tell him you appreciate what he did, and that we look for courage and integrity in our leaders.
We are at a critical stage in the session. There is a rush to clear up the bills before the House and Senate and return home for the holidays. Take the time to call your Rep, your Senator, and remind them we elected them to represent us with the same courage and intergrity we see in Rep Dillon. Tell them to look at the bills concerning medical marijuana, and ask themselves if the requirements they contain are designed to help patients get access, or help law enforcement prosecute them. Tell them we are counting on them to do the right thing, to show leadership. Show them the face of medical marijuana in their district and tell them your concerns with specific parts of the bills.