Compassion Centers Closed

August 26, 2011

Farwell’s Clare Compassion Center owner Chris Swaffer said the center for distribution of Medical Marijuana has been closed. “Clare Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis notified us today (Thursday) that we must cease and desist business.”

“I’m here to answer questions. People are calling and coming in asking, ‘What can I do?’”

Swaffer said there are at least 1,000 compassion centers in the state. “They have employees and help the economy,” he said, “I have six employees I will have to lay off.”

“All this will do is drive the medical marijuana operations back underground again,” he added, “Lawmakers need to remember that 63 percent of voters were in favor of the law.”

He said there will be a protest September 7 in Lansing.

Janiese Darnell is the sole proprietor of the Harrison Compassion Clinic. She said she had also received a notice from Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis Thursday morning asking that “we cease and desist operations immediately and that failure to do so will result in legal action.”

“We are all certified patients and caregivers,” she said. “We do not sell marijuana. We do donations under the State law and comply with all Michigan Medical Marijuana Act regulations.”

“We run a safe and caring environment for patients and caregivers. They are taking that away.”

Darnell said the action will mean two layoffs at the clinic including a Certified Nursing Assistant that is on site three days a week.

She said she plans to be at the protest in Lansing September 7. “I think it is a disgrace to medical marijuana patients. How are they supposed to get their medicine now?

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