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Thousands rally in support of Medical Marijuana

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By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network

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LANSING, MI –

About two thousand medical marijuana supporters rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, they gathered to protest proposals to regulate the state's Medical Marijuana Act.

Medical marijuana users and supporters cheered and laughed as a plane flew over head, circling the Capitol with a banner that read state Attorney General Bill Schuette wants to "Keep Patients off the Streets."

Many people in the crowd held "Don't Tread On Me" flags alongside signs asking Schuette and lawmakers not to treat medical marijuana users like criminals. Bill Teichman is a member of a medical marijuana club in Oakland County.

"They're damaging what we set out to make legal, and what the voters want in Michigan," he says.

That's Teichman says the medical marijuana community is frustrated by state officials who are trying to regulate a law that was approved by voters by a wide margin in 2008.

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