Detroit medical pot convention attendees cautioned

A two-day convention for medical marijuana users planned for today and Sunday in Detroit will have judging for best strains of marijuana and an “outdoor medicating section,” organizers say.  The High Times Cannabis Cup is being staged at Bert’s Warehouse Theatre in Eastern Market by New York-based High Times, a 38-year-old monthly magazine that says it has 250,000 subscribers.  The judges’ favorite marijuana strains will get prizes “and will afterward be known as the highest in their fields,” a news release said.

“We’re doing this entirely on private property — the medication area will be sealed off — and only people with (state registry) cards will be allowed in there,” High Times executive editor Dan Skye said.  “Michigan needs jobs and medical marijuana could help,” Skye said. The event will have seminars and booths on health, cultivation, cooking and veterans rights, he said.  “We’re following all the laws,” Skye added. But, he said, he was worried about Michigan’s legal climate, including recent court decisions and statements by state Attorney General Bill Schuette that have tightened access to medical marijuana and sent some users to prison or jail.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office cautions those planning on attending.  “It’s against the law in Michigan to use marijuana in a public place,” spokeswoman Maria Miller said. “This is true even if you are the holder of a medical marijuana card” because cardholders should get the drug only from their state-registered caregivers, Miller said Friday.  “We would caution the public attending this event to be mindful of the law because it will be enforced without exception,” she said.

Detroit police echoed the Prosecutor’s Office.  “We will be monitoring this, and all laws will be enforced,” said Assistant Police Chief Chester Logan, although he would not specify whether the event’s contests would constitute breaking the law.  Expected to be a draw at the event tonight is funk-jazz great George Clinton, set to perform with a raft of co-stars, co-organizer Danny Danko said.  In Detroit, “we want people to have a good time, but we also want to organize them to fight back against the (state) legislators opposed to medical marijuana,” he said.  Attendees who buy a VIP ticket pay $60 for tonight’s concert and admission for both days of activities; others pay $30 for two days without the concert, or $20 for one day.

via : Detroit Free Press

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