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Thursday, November 4,2010

Pot and the Lord

The owner of a cannibis “club” finds his inspiration in his faith.

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Wednesday, Mar. 10) The Rev. Wayne Dagit is wading through 439 new e-mails when I visit him in his small, sparse office at the Green Leaf Smokers Club in Williamstown Township. It is 7 on a Wednesday night. There is a table barely big enough for his small Dell Notebook computer, a black leather planner and a folder of documents.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Blown up

Details of a confidential informant, 228 pounds of marijuana and a wrestling superstar emerge from the arrest of a local medical marijuana spiritual leader

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Wednesday, June 2) At an arraignment in 55th District Court in Mason Friday morning, Judge Donald Allen Jr. led the handful of people in the courtroom through the criminal past of the Rev. Fredrick Wayne Dagit.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Telecannabis

Talk of bombings surround canceled Lansing medical marijuana

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Wednesday, June 30) Last February in Kalispell, Mont., the Montana Caregivers Network signed up between 900 and 1,000 Montanans for the state’s medical cannabis program in a single day. Spokesman Chris Arneson said it was a coordinated effort with five doctors writing recommendations.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Politics and pot

Williamston pot club owner the victim of politics, lawyer says

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Friday, July 30) The attorney for the owner of Green Leaf Smokers Club in Williamston said in court today the charges against his client are “politically motivated” and result from a “classic case of entrapment.”
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Undercover operation

Smoking club customers monitored for a week before the bust

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Thursday, Aug. 19) Undercover agents spent a week monitoring cars and customers before they raided the Green Leaf Smokers Club in Williamston and arrested the operator, one of the agents testified Thursday.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Concerning caregivers

A medical marijuana vote and a snow and ice removal public hearing scheduled for tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Monday, Sept. 20) The Lansing City Council will vote tonight on adopting an ordinance that regulates in-home, medical marijuana caregiver services in the city. The ordinance focuses solely on home occupation businesses and does not regulate dispensaries, compassion clubs or equipment stores.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Prohibition and medicine...

Michigan is one of 14 states to straddle that line

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Wednesday, Oct. 6) Cannabis. Grass. Marijuana. Ganja. Weed. Pot. Medicine. That last descriptor, legitimized by 63 percent of Michigan voters in 2008 and in 13 other states since 1996, has changed the game. Here in the greater Lansing region, perhaps most prominent is the number of businesses that engage in the sale, trade and education of it.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

MEDIBLES:a taste you can feel

Shekina Peña, owner of Your Healthy Choice Clinic at 628 E. Michigan Ave., discusses the benefits of feasting on your cannabis

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Wednesday, Oct. 6) Peņa says to be forewarned while cooking at home, because the aroma of cooking crock-pot sized batches of cannabis butter can be quite pungent. When cooking with cannabis-based oils, she recommends using saffron oil, which is safest for allergies.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Alexander's health

Local politician hospitalized but feeling “much better”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Alexander challenged Rogers in 2004 and 2008, helped lead a local petition drive to increase Michigan’s minimum wage and worked to extend health care coverage for the nearly 30,000 Ingham County residents without it. He ran unsuccessfully for Ingham County commissioner this year.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Dispensageddon

As new medical marijuana dispensaries open, Lansing moves toward a comprehensive zoning ordinance to control them

by Andy Balaskovitz and Neal McNamara
(Wednesday, May 12) A proposed zoning ordinance to control medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing does not worry Ryan Basore.He’s a partner in the newly opened nonprofit dispensary on Michigan Avenue, Capital City Caregivers. Basore, an insurance agent by trade, says that he and his business partners have notified the Lansing Police Department, are located in a commercial...
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