2018-03-11 / Viewpoints

Letters to the editor

Chesaning Village not following the wishes of the people

To the citizens of Chesaning

The village government has approved growth and production of what is currently defined as medical marijuana. The township (the people) has opted out. Now the village government has petitioned our county commissioners to annex certain township property for the purpose of a third growing license over the will of the people living there. I live outside the borders of the village and the township, but Chesaning has always been a big part of my life, and it saddens me to this disagreement being played out in the political arena. The township (the people) has spoken, and its decision should stand.

Our country’s states have already done a disservice to its citizens by defining medical marijuana in its current state. The two medical products would be the oil of the cannabis hemp plant which only contains 0.3 percent of THC. Rather, they chose to legalize the cannabis marijuana plant that contains an average of 12 percent THC. The CBD oil (in small amount) can obviously be extracted for medical purpose, but the THC portion dominates the market under the “umbrella” of legal. We know of its demand, and we can only rationalize how the laws came to be. One concludes they were profit driven. Since the current bills and emergency rules only define regulation of production and the levels of THC in ingested and topical products, the smoked portion goes unchecked. Hence, our lawmakers have basically legalized an illegal product. It remains illegal at the federal level for a variety of legitimate reasons. As a nurse I certainly support and understand the medical products, but not in its current state.

The card holders and those who wish to make a profit (legal or otherwise) continue to show us they will use their own means to get what they want. That is currently being played out now at the county level and obviously at the street level. That was proven by the “last” break-in at the old Farmer Peets property, and in the parking lot of the Owosso Walmart in 2016. I can assure you the motives weren’t to capture the CBD products; they were after the “good stuff” as the multitude of card holders will tell you (go to any website comparing street marijuana to “medical marijuana”).

I encourage any citizen who feels strongly on this issue to go and support your leaders on March 20 at 5 p.m. at the Saginaw County Courthouse and call Kyle Harris, your county commissioner to do the same.

Norma Gross

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