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Posted on Sat, Jan 28, 2012 : 9:33 a.m.

Mike Cox says Michigan needs to clarify law to allow medical marijuana dispensaries

By Paula Gardner

Michigan's former attorney general Mike Cox said that the state needs to clarify medical marijuana laws - but he also thinks the process needs to allow dispensaries, according to a story on

Cox spoke Friday at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he served as the keynote speaker at a symposium on marijuana reform, according to

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said in June there are only two legal ways patients can get access to medical marijuana in the state. They can either grow it for themselves — 12 plants at a time — or they can get it from a registered caregiver who can grow 12 plants for each of as many as five patients.

Read the full story on Cox's speech.



Sat, Jan 28, 2012 : 6:34 p.m.

Mike Cox opinion on ANYTHING matters why? He is nothing at the present time. he holds no elected office, he is not a candidate for office, he is the FORMER AG. His tenure was as bad as the current AG. I don't care about his opinion, and why should anybody else.


Sat, Jan 28, 2012 : 6:06 p.m.

Pot, just like all drugs, should be legal. The process is easy, and it would be only available to adults. Just like liquor, but you can't take them home, but you can go get dose for free at any injection site, like they do in Amsterdam. One of the lowest drug related crime rates in the world. It would only cost tax payers $10 a day per person. Today we spend some $200 a day keeping drug addicts behind bars, why? Because they do what ever they can to get their fix, and don't care who's toes they step on to do it. This would take away the criminal element, and would make drug addicts members of society, and at the same time, keeping harmful drugs away from the children. Prison's stocks are traded on the stock exchange. This is one of the biggest reasons politicians want to keep making silly laws, for we can pack the prisons full of inmates, and slap a number on them. Methamphetamine (Cristal Meth) is already an available pharm, drug. The studies are quite clear of how this action will lower insurance rates, and prisoner population. Then there will be enough room to keep dangerous criminals behind bars. The drug cartels and the war on drugs will disappear. All the money we spend on drug enforcement will all but completely go away. Most importantly, it will keep them out of the availability to our fragile children. Education is the #1 way to stop kids from developing a habit. Nothing else has worked so far, and the war on drugs was lost so many years ago! Embrace it instead of reject it, and then we can control it. Remember the politicians swing to where the money is! We All know that.


Sat, Jan 28, 2012 : 4:55 p.m.

Why is anyone listening to Mike Cox about anything? Now, he's an expert of marijuana usage? This is the same Mike Cox who in 2004 advocated for the sanctity of marriage while outlawing any recognition of same sex relationships. He also pursued the elimination of domestic partner benefits for same sex couples & their children. All this taking place while he was having an extra-marital affair with a staffer (I belieive) The affair is accurate -- not sure if the woman was a staffer or a former staffer. So much for the sanctity of marriage! Next, he advocated & supported Andrew Shirvell -- one of the managers & contributors to his re-election campaign & employee in the State's Attorney General's office. Andrew, you'll recall, harassed Michigan Student Government President Chris Armstrong. Our friend & now pot-advocate Mike Cox went on national television supporting Shirvell & saying there was nothing he could do about his activities. Mike Cox needs to go away.

David Briegel

Sat, Jan 28, 2012 : 3:47 p.m.

Michigan needs to lead. Michigan needs to admit the complete waste of precious tax dollars and total failure of the war on drugs. While you celebrate the "free market", "no bid contracts" of the Drug Pushers and Drug Dealers at Big Pharma, NO progress is made in the war on drugs except to destroy the lives and families of mostly poor and lower class individuals. The only sane way forward is the complete legalization of marijuana.

Ron Granger

Sat, Jan 28, 2012 : 2:49 p.m.

Schuette's personal agenda, and his pre-election lobbying and activities, reveal a conflict of interest. To me, he seems like nothing but a schill for the big-pharma industry. He does not want any competition to the mega-billions the big drug companies make.