"The way the law is written, it's a terrible, terrible law," Howell Police Chief George Basar said.
Basar, who is the president of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, said proponents of the issue tugged on the heartstrings of Michigan residents, who didn't read the law well enough to understand the pitfalls.
Residents believed "if it makes a patient feel better, OK," he
"It's a very, very small segment of the population that may or may not have a medical need, and there's another way to address that medical need than smoking marijuana," Basar
"That's far more than an individual can use," Basar
said defining some areas of the law, however, are going to be problematic.
For example, he
said, homeless people can get medical marijuana as defined under the law.
However, the chief noted, how can homeless people ensure that their marijuana will be enclosed in a locked facility as required under the law?
Another loophole, Basar
said, is a provision that says if a person is caught with marijuana and later claims to need it for medical reasons, that person can apply for the state ID and, if granted, be protected from prosecution.
Basar also questioned how police are to determine whether a person's letter from their doctor recommending they be allowed to use marijuana for medical reasons is valid.
Murphy said a lot of issues with the law most likely won't be known until someone challenges the state law versus federal law, which still bans the use, possession and sale of marijuana anywhere in the United States.
In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court
reaffirmed Congress' authority to regulate the use of potentially harmful substances -- including marijuana -- through the federal Controlled Substance Act.
"This is the nose under the tent to the legalization of marijuana," Basar
said about Michigan's medical marijuana law.