Medical Marijuana Users Protest Drug's Stigma 7-01-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Medical Marijuana Users Protest Drug's Stigma 7-01-2010

Dozens of people with medical marijuana licenses were out protesting Thursday, saying they're tired of being targeted and having their homes raided when they're abiding by the law.
Medical marijuana is legal, but protestors in downtown Saginaw don’t think that’s enough.
“Don't you see the people here? This is what this is about, support,” said Steven Rooks. “You hear the horns honking? I mean this is a beautiful thing, it's time for change.”
Rook was joined by about two dozen people protesting their treatment by Saginaw County law enforcement.
“This is the law. Stop arresting patients,” said Rook’s fellow protester John Roberts.
Roberts is with the Tri-Cities Compassion Club, a support group for medical marijuana users. His home was raided and he said users are living in fear.
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“We feel like we have to live in tyranny,” said Roberts. “You know 63 percent of the people voted for this law. We're not drug dealers.”
Many of the protesters said there’s a stigma that comes with medical marijuana and they want to change that.
“I think that a lot of this falls on the negative stereotype,” said Rooks.
“Everybody thinks it's against the law. It's not anymore. It is legal now,” said protestor Tonia Miller.
With Thursday’s protest, they’re hoping Saginaw County authorities get the message that they’re not scared anymore.
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