Medical pot advocates to protest arrests, raids
BY BILL LAITNER – FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Following a protest Wednesday by more than 150 people at the Oakland County courthouse, medical marijuana advocates said they plan to gather Monday in Pontiac and Lapeer for more protests against the arrests of patients and raids on dispensaries selling the drug.
Oakland County authorities said the protests would not alter their tactics, such as last month’s raids that shut dispensaries in Ferndale and Waterford, and closed a center in Waterford where patients gathered to use the drug.
A protest is to be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday outside the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office and a second is to be at 3:30 p.m. outside the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Rick Thompson of Oak Park-based Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine said Friday.
Southfield attorney Michael Komorn, who helped organize the protests, is defending some of those arrested in Waterford.
“The idea that it’s acceptable for law enforcement to beat down doors, hold weapons at patients’ heads, discuss killing family pets in front of children — all that has to stop,” he said.