On Law Day, Friday May 1, 2015 attorney marijuana advocates organized a rally at City Hall in Lansing to promote legal marijuana reform. Several marijuana lawyers and advocates spoke on the issues. Barton Morris was called upon to speak about pending legislation regarding setting per se limits of THC in blood for medical marijuana patients operating motor vehicles.
Several other leading attorneys in Michigan and advocates spoke including Cannabis Counsel Matthew Abel, David Rudoi, Bruce Leach, Joshua Colvert and Bernie Jocuns. Well known marijuana advocates Steve Green and NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano were heard as well. About 40 spectators were present which included local television news stations.
Barton Morris specifically spoke regarding the absurdity of setting a 5 nanogram per liter of blood as per se unlawful for medical marijuana patients. Barton also advocated for the “zero tolerance” any amount of THC provision for all those without MMMA cards.
“There is no scientific or medical basis for setting such an incredibly low number. 5 nanograms means nothing. Forensic laboratories can barely accurately test for such low levels. Further, there have been several scientific peer reviewed studies that state that 5 nanograms will not impair driving in anyone.” Further, unlike alcohol, the increase in detectable amounts of THC in someone’s system is not directly correlated with psycho motor skill impairment. In fact, because THC is lipid soluble, it is possible for someone to test positive at that low level days after ingesting marijuana.
Other issues addressed at the rally included pending dispensary and edible/extracts legislation and marijuana legalization initiatives including Michigan Legalize
Barton Morris along with the aforementioned marijuana attorneys will continue to speak strongly on behalf of marijuana legalization and decriminalization.
Barton Morris also matched a pledge of $1,000 to MI Legalize started by Attorney Bruce Leach. This legalization effort cannot be successful without funds to employ professional lobbying, canvasing, and petitioning services. I encourage anyone desiring recreational marijuana to be free from criminal prosecution to contribute here.