Medical Marijuana Advocates Protest Crackdown 7-21-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Medical Marijuana Advocates Protest Crackdown 7-21-2010

Advocates for medical marijuana rallied outside the Saginaw County Courthouse on Wednesday to protest the latest police raid of a registered medical marijuana patient and caregiver.
About 100 people attended the 11 a.m. rally that was held by The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association.
Organizers are upset the home of John Roberts, 49, was raided for a second time after he held a similar protest on rights for medical marijuana users.
Growing equipment, plants and medicines were seized during a July 6 raid. Months earlier, the Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement officials took harvested marijuana from Roberts' home.
Many of the protesters claim there’s a stigma that comes with medical marijuana and they want to change that.
“I would just like them to be conscious of the fact that we’re sick people,” said Joe King, with MMMA. “We’re not a threat to society; we’re sick people helping sick people. We’re not asking for money or assistance or grants or anything else -- all we want to do is take care of ourselves.”
TV5 reporter Brian Wood said the protest was peaceful and no law enforcement officials were present.
Medical marijuana was legalized in Michigan in 2008.
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