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In Michigan, marijuana can be prescribed for any of nine specific conditions and for other illnesses and treatments that produce "debilitating" symptoms. Wolf qualifies because she suffers from muscle spasms caused by her MS. She didn't know of a local doctor who would write her a prescription for marijuana, so she got a "letter of recommendation" from a sympathetic physician in Oregon. With that she was able to apply to the State of Michigan for recognition as a medical marijuana patient and name a caregiver--a person designated to grow marijuana on her behalf. Since there are a wide variety of types of cannabis with a broad range of effects, caregivers work with patients to determine the strain they find most healing or restorative.

There's already a model of sorts in Ypsilanti, where Jackson resident Anthony Freed has opened a dispensary at the corner of Pearl and Hamilton. It's also the headquarters of the Michigan Marijuana Chamber of Commerce--Freed, thirty-one, is executive director. Both Freed and his partner, Darrell Stavros, come to work in neat blue suits and ties, coats buttoned. There are also two security guards and a receptionist-building manager. In his office, with a couple of Behr paint cans atop a single file cabinet, Freed explains the MMCC's goals: "We want to do as much for the state as possible, while protecting the patient and caregiver's rights." He says marijuana could revitalize Michigan's agriculture, and empty factories could be put to work producing hemp products.

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