Michigan Medical Marijuana And Pain Management Clinic Debuts In Norton Shores, Announces Plans To Expand In Florida

MICHIGAN:  A new pain management clinic that says it can help current and prospective Michigan medical marijuana patients recently opened its doors in Norton Shores.

Liberate420, a new company launched by patient advocate Daniel J. Reid and board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Marla Gendelman, opened its flagship location at an office complex located at 800 East Ellis Rd. on Aug. 1.

The establishment has plans to open a Traverse City office on Aug. 31 at 310 West Front St., and in the upcoming months, intends on opening locations in Michigan cities such as Lansing, Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo.

If the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 passes on Nov. 4, the company could also open up offices in Tampa and Sarasota, Reid said.



Medical Marijuana Initiative Popular With Florida Seniors

FLORIDA:  As a teenager and later, as a wife and mom, Mary Greene never considered trying marijuana for any purpose.

That was before she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 10 years ago. Now 57 and a grandmother, she lives in constant pain but doesn’t want to be heavily medicated, she said.

Pat Suit, who’s in her 70s and a former cigarette smoker, recalls telling her children she knew what was inside what she was inhaling but that they didn’t know what was inside a joint. All these years later, and after “more education,” she and her husband “are both in favor of medical marijuana and will be voting for it,” Suit said. “I don’t believe anyone should suffer when there is help at hand.”

The women are among the Space Coast’s boomer-and-older residents who say they will vote yes this November on the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative. Widely known as Amendment 2, it would legalize the medical use of marijuana in the Sunshine State. To be added to the state constitution, the amendment needs to be approved by 60 percent of voters.