GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The fact that there’s money to be made in the marijuana business is nothing new, but the idea that it can be made legally is a novel concept.
At an undisclosed location on the city’s West Side, criminal attorney Matthew Herman is looking to cash in on the growing tolerance of marijuana, legally and socially. And he plans to do it without ever growing a plant.
Herman admits that calling it the “Fort Knox for pot” may be a little over the top, but it coveys the general idea.
Herman has transformed an old building into what he believes is the first of its kind – a secure growing facility available to people commonly known as caregivers, who grow and provide medical marijuana to licensed patients.
The facility provides a locked, secure access, alarm and video monitored facility for growers that allows them to cultivate marijuana away from basements or sheds on private property, which sometimes makes them a target for home invasions.
It also allows people to grow their plants without the pungent aroma that fresh marijuana produces, permeating homes and everything therein.
As a defense attorney, Herman has represented a multitude of people charged with marijuana law violations. Many have run afoul of the voter-approved Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.
The MMMA is a law that many believe is poorly written and confusing. Others say the law has been made confusing by authorities who oppose it and have created a byzantine enforcement regime that changes from one jurisdiction to the next.
“Logically, the law doesn’t make sense, but it is clear as far as what you can and can’t do,” Herman said. “It’s not meant to be a way for people to legally drug traffic.”
Herman says he makes it clear that it is the responsibility of his clients to make sure they are in compliance with the law. He says he will report anyone he knows to have violated it.
All perspective tenants of his company, named “Cannabis Solutions,” will sign a lease that sets out what is allowed, including the fact that no one other than the legally-designated caregiver can be in the rooms where the plants are growing.
“I don’t even have a key to their rooms,” Herman said. “You can’t push it or I will turn you in.”
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