A Great Victory for Medical Cannabis Legalization

This decade saw a change in focus for marijuana activists in the Ann Arbor area and across the state. For more than two decades the struggle focused on the passing, implementation and protection of medical marijuana legal initiatives. Although medical marijuana access and use was overwhelmingly approved by Michigan voters in 2004 (74%) the struggle with local governments to keep it accessible continued for more than a decade. Eventually Ann Arbor’s council and city attorney bowed to the voters will and dispensaries became part of the landscape in Michigan. This decade also brought recognition to Chuck’s dedication to the cause in the form of the 2014 High Times Lifetime Achievement Award.

Activism 2010

2010 and 2011 brought persistent struggles with Ann Arbor’s City Council to follow the wishes of the voters with regards to medical marijuana dispensary legislation in the city. Council suggested zoning changes for dispensaries as well as list-keeping of patients and their caregivers and changes to the business ordinance. The struggle continued, even after 74% medical marijuana approval by voters.

Charles Ream at A2 City Council August 5, 2010

Ann Arbor Compassionate Healthcare
Ann Arbor Ordinance Application
Ann Arbor Ordinance Notes
Caregivers Cup Educational Program
Caregivers Cup Program with Notes
Caregivers Cup Class Schedule
Letter From River Man
Ann Arbor News 9/15/2010-Ann Arbor Officials Moving Quickly on Drafting Regulations for Dispensaries
Dear River Man
LLEP Initiatives 2010
Testimony for Ann Arbor Planning
Notes on Ordinance Testimony
Monroe Medical Patient Busted
Receipt for Petition
Letter to Council Members
Why Protest Bill Schuette?
Green Paper Part 1
Green Paper Part 2
Letter from David Cahill, Attorney at Law-Medical Marijuana Dispensary May Legally Operate in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Observer 11/10-The Wild West: Medical Marijuana Comes to Ann Arbor
Escanaba Campaign
Five City Campaign-Next Step Here In Michigan
Five City Campaign-Ordinance Book for Every City
Five City Campaign-Email: Need Guidance for 2010
Five City Campaign-Michigan 2010 Strategy
Kalamazoo Coalition for Compassionate Care
Kalamazoo Dispensary Campaign
Kalamazoo Petition Application
Port Huron Campaign
Saginaw Campaign Notes
MedMar Dispensary Articles of Incorporation
Ann Arbor Compassionate Healthcare Dispensary
Medical Marijuana Act and Your Community
Ann Arbor Dispensary Lawsuit

Activism 2011

Defending the Mother God August 19, 2011

The City of Ann Arbor Creates Challenges For Dispensaries
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Postema Must Go
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Necessary Changes to the Ordinance
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Meeting Mr. Postema, Ms. Larcomb
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Postema Follows the MML Script
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Ann Arbor Chronicle Article 3/21/11
Ann Arbor News 3/22/2011-Ann Arbor’s Medical Marijuana Regulations Headed to Council
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Council’s Duty to Remove Postema
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Draft Amendment to the Code
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Let Charter Section 16 Guide Your Actions
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Speech to Council Public Hearing
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Speech Notes
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Ann Arbor News Article 3/22/11
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Patient Confidentiality Hampered by Ordinance
Dispensary Business Ordinance Challenges-Three More Changes Are Necessary
Ann Arbor Medical Marijuana Dispensary Zoning Campaign
Ann Arbor Chronicle 3/21/2011-Medical Pot Amendments May Yield Vote
Ann Arbor Chronicle 1/7/2011-Medical Marijuana Plan Amended, Delayed
Ann Arbor News 1/4/2011-Protesters Change Tune, Applaud City Council for Revisions
Speech to Council Calling for Necessary Changes to Council’s Proposed Business Ordinance
Speech to Council-Three More Business Ordinance Changes, Please
Ann Arbor News 1/3/2011-Medical Marijuana Advocates Protesting Pending Decision by Ann Arbor City Council
Speech for Council-Preserve Confidentiality of Patients and Caregivers
AAMCG Meeting Notes November 29, 2011
Contract to Start Kalamazoo LLEP
Flint Campaign Planning
Flint Campaign Petition
Kalamazoo Campaign Planning Email
Ordinance Letter to Council
Ordinance Victory Email

Activism 2012

City Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
City Wide Cannabis Reform Initiatives
Plaintiff: Brian L. Mackey/ Defendant: $114,182.09 in United States Currency
Primal Relevance Unitarian Universalist
Patients Need Safe Access
Kalamazoo Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: Good or Bad?
Five Michigan Victories 2012
Ypsilanti Successful Campaign Debriefing

Activism 2013

Ann Arbor Medical Cannabis Guild
Letter to Ryan 2013
Speech: Medical Marijuana Laws

Activism 2014

Why We Are the Safer Michigan Coalition 2014
Sunday Brunch Agenda 1/12/04
Safer Michigan Coalition Email 2014
Michigan Cannabis Cup July 2014
Cannabis Cup Judge Criteria Notes