American Medical Clinic
6382 Fourteen Mile Road Warren
How and when did your clinic start up?
We incorporated the association, American Medicinal Marijuana Association, on December 9, 2009. After a few months in business we recognized a genuine need to recruit professional doctors to represent patients’ rights, maintain medical records and subscribe to the “proper standard tenets of care” under direction from the Michigan Board of Medicine. We were shocked and amazed very few people knew there was a Medical Marihuana Law in effect.
What’s the story behind the name of your clinic?
The name of the clinic was derived from the association with our country and our people. The history of our country, the bill of rights and our constitution changed the world from burn, rape, pillage and plunder to concern over human rights issues. The people having a voice in our government is as important now as it was in 1776. Democracy represents the majority of our old, sick, young and impetuous people and what they think. By, for and of the people, what does that mean? The people need to stand up for democracy to prevail, legally. The pen has proven to be mightier than the sword. No one deserves human rights more than a qualified medical patient. For our elected officials to deny medical patients’ rights is to deny America, our constitution and our people.
What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a certification clinic? Biggest joys?
Our biggest challenges are our people really understanding our plight of prosecution. We cannot give up. They have been making a promulgation of rules to antagonize and eliminate us from involvement with medical marihuana. If we were at 1,000,000 certifications and growing we wouldn’t have these issues. We have reached the pinnacle of success with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Law MCL 333.26421 but there is more work required standing on the summit. Winds, rain, ice and snow is typical at the top of the mountain. We the people created a law, some elected officials really believe marihuana is heroin and created laws against us. Ultimately, it is up to the people to make it happen. United we stand and divided we fall. It is as true today as it was 200 years ago.
Our biggest joys have been our recovering patients from cancer, seizures and pain. To see these people escape from death because of a plant has brought a tear to our eye and infused us with a cognizant belief that we are doing the right thing.
What is the one thing you want patients to know about your clinic?
We are here for you. What I have learned is that cannabis is medicinal. Cannabis is the only herbal plant which has cannabinoids, terpenes and opposing proteins that replicate what is inside our body’s molecular chemistry. The overall tranquil and peaceful sensation of psychoactive cannabis is the way of the plant saying, “I am good for you.” But, that is only one side of the coin. The decrease in seizures, Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart issues have been well documented.
What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the MJ/MMJ community?
Our goal is to effect a favorable law in Michigan to protect medical patients and caregivers legally and personally to accomplish Section 8: To provide a continuous uninterrupted supply of tested medication in a HIPAA compliant, safe medical environment and get Michigan, its people and the state financially stronger.