Protests held in Gaylord against raids on Marijuana Dispensaries

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on March 14, 2016.

The supporters of medical marijuana from across the state gathered in Gaylord on Sunday to protest against the recent raids on various medical marijuana dispensaries in Otsego County by the law enforcement agencies.

A press release of the protesters indicated that "the businesses were operating within the spirit of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, and that the medical marijuana patients of Otsego county are being harassed.”

The Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement (S.A.N.E.) on Thursday raided as many as ten marijuana dispensaries in Otsego County that led to arrest of two persons.

The law enforcement personnel seized more than 150 jars and numerous bags of marijuana, along with numerous edibles in the form of chocolates, cookies, fudge and others. In addition, marijuana infused drinks, waxes, extracts and oils were also confiscated.

Besides, 143 marijuana plants were found and seized, as well as prescription opiates, prescription drugs, more than $17,000 in cash and two vehicles.

Investigators said the marijuana businesses were believed to have been providing medical marijuana to people who were not registered patients.

However, the organizers of the protest appealed the government to stop the raids and to protect the people from the harm they say they cause.

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