on notice." And wants to prevent me from becoming a part of "organized crime."
He's Mike Bouchard, Oakland County Sheriff and fourth-place finisher (thank God) in the Republican Primary for Governor. That's a photo from his campaign website. See him? See the cop right there? That's because Mike Bouchard is a Law-N-Ordur! guy. He means business. And he's gesticulating with his hands, so you know he's smart.
What did Mike Bouchard do to earn him the prestigious honor of being mentioned on my site? Just your standard, narcissistic sociopath spazz-out about a little green plant:
Fifteen people arrested on suspicion of violating Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act will be charged Friday for involvement in businesses the Oakland County sheriff likened to "organized crime" rather than compassionate care for the chronically ill.
Law enforcement officials with Oakland County's Narcotic Enforcement Team discussed details of raids they conducted at Clinical Relief on Hilton Street in Ferndale and Everybody's Cafe on Airport Road in Waterford Township. In addition, private residences in Oakland and Macomb counties were raided, police said.
Undercover officers alleged various violations of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act at both establishments, including the open sale of marijuana to persons not possessing state-issued ID cards for medical marijuana use; sales among individuals inside the businesses; and large quantities of marijuana plants and harvested marijuana that had a street value of $750,000.Like most raids, this one seems to have to have been carried out in the most peaceful manner, with none of the usual hard-assery that accompanies these things:
"They had patients on the ground. There were cancer patients on the ground, senior citizens on the ground and staff on the ground. They raided all of our partners' homes while their kids were home. They were taking their TVs like we were drug dealers," Richmond said.
Richmond said police took HIPAA-protected documents, all patient files and TVs from the clinic.
"I am in shock. They have not said why they did this," he said.The facts are in dispute. There are two sides to this story. I get that. And I'm going to get off my high horse in a second, because that's not why I'm here (if you want some of that, Darrell Dawsey of Time's Detroit Blog has a good summary). But just let me say this:
If, on Monday, I get roughly a liter of poison - literally, poison - pumped into my system in an attempt to save my life from a disease I did not deserve, want, or need, and if, on Friday, I choose to light a dried-up, dead plant on fire and inhale the smoke in order to make my life seem a little less like hell, and you, Mike Bouchard, think the best response to that situation is to send armed men to break into a building, throw me on the ground, handcuff me, take my belongings, and charge me with a crime...well, enjoy your first-class seats on your flight to hell.
And that's all I have to say about that.