Voters Should Remember Officials' Reaction to Medical Marijuana Decriminalization

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard and Prosecutor Jessica Cooper wasted taxpayers' resources on raids and prosecution, Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey says in a letter to Ferndale Patch.

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The following was submitted by Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey, of Ferndale.


As residents prepare to make their choices and cast their ballots for the upcoming elections, they would do well to remember how certain county elected officials reacted these past couple of years to the decriminalization of medical marijuana which was passed by overwhelming majorities of Michigan voters.  Instead of a mindful and accommodating attempt to follow the wishes of residents, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard decided to devote huge amounts of effort and resources into investigations, entrapments, raids, and arrests of local residents who attempted to follow the newly passed laws in an open and law-abiding manner.

Mayors, council members, city commissioners, local police, and planning and zoning officials in several cities had painstakingly developed methods to enable patients and caregivers to begin to provide for the use of marijuana as medicine. But our sheriff decided to use his office, time, and efforts to use every known force of law to shut down these efforts. He used helicopters, undercover narcotics agents, snarling dogs, and swat officers in full riot gear and facemasks, carrying automatic weapons to make raids. They arrested owners, nurses, receptionists, and even grandmothers who were trying to follow the new medical marijuana laws.

Lest anyone believe this criticism is partisan, Republican Sheriff Bouchard could not have carried out such raids without support from Democratic County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper. Her 1970’s era “nixonian” beliefs about marijuana enabled this huge waste of law and order resources, against the wishes of people who live in our county.

Thousands of hours of law enforcement, prosecutorial, and court system hours, costing Oakland County taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, have been wasted these past couple of years, while thousands of burglaries, assaults, and car thefts go unsolved. Voters should remember this when they get their ballots in the coming election and vote accordingly.

Craig Covey can be reached at 248-721-6434 or craig@coveyforoakland.com.

Thomas Gagne October 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Craig, who are you recommending to replace them?
Medical marijuana October 30, 2012 at 02:54 AM
They didn't just waste taxpayers money but they stole millions of dollars in cash and property from patients and caregivers By using the asset forfeiture law To steal our money. they just got me for $200,000
Medical marijuana victim October 30, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I want to tell those pigs one thing go-ahead pigs keep stealing our money and buy food with the money that you stole from us and feed it to your kids And families and watch what is going to happened to your kids when they eat from that stolen money.
Jamie October 30, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Jane Felice-Boudreau for Sheriff and Steven Afton for Prosecutor-
Linda Baker October 30, 2012 at 02:00 PM
food for thought - thanks for reminding us Craig
Craig Covey October 30, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I voted for their opponents.
Craig Covey October 30, 2012 at 04:57 PM
While I am a loyal Democrat most of the time, on this issue, I can be bi-partisan. Smart politicians need to learn about the issue, and have some courage. I rarely vote a completely "straight" one party ticket, and on the Prosecutor's race, I could not vote for Ms. Cooper this time around.
Kat Freemason October 31, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Thanks, Craig, for the reminder. Voters/Taxpayers deserve a law-abiding Sheriff and Prosecutor - not ones that politically and personally circumvent the laws Michigan voters pass to their own benefit. Isn't Bouchard being investigated for law breaking right now (campaign finance, FAA, etc., etc.)?


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