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Washtenaw County Doctor And Others Advocate For Further Medical Marijuana Use

Apr 20, 2018

Whether you use it yourself of know someone who does, the use of medical marijuana in Michigan continues to grow and evolve.

We recently shared a Hidden In Plain Sight feature about what it’s like inside the dozen or so medical marijuana dispensaries around Washtenaw County.  Now, 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry talks to some patients and an Ann Arbor doctor who’ve seen or experienced first hand the benefits of using medical marijuana.


Dr. Mosab Deen is one of the founders of MD Regeneration on South State Street in Ann Arbor.  He says he has seen many cases were patients benefit from using medical marijuana.

He believes medical marijuana is an alternative form of medical therapy that can be used to alleviate symptoms of disease and help people cope with their illnesses in a responsible way.

At Third Coast Compassion Center medical dispensary in Ypsilanti, co-founder Jamie Lowell explains the many methods of using medical marijuana.

One user, who only wanted to be identified as “Ben,” says using medical marijuana has helped him wean himself off other what some may perceive as much stronger drugs with certain side effects.

He says some people understand why he uses medical marijuana more than others.

At MD Regeneration, Dr. Deen says one of their frontier services is providing hassle-free, same-day medical certifications for medical marijuana.  He adds there are two major criteria for getting a medical marijuana card.  

At a coffee shop across from the Eastern Michigan University campus, 25 year-old junior Reid Scott says using medical marijuana has made a huge impact on his life.  He says he feels strongly that marijuana use should be “normalized” and made legal for everyone.   

Just this week, the Ann Arbor City Council pressed the pause button on the number of applications for medical marijuana dispensaries in the city and is looking into spacing them farther apart from each other. 

Michigan, meanwhile, has one of the largest medical marijuana programs in the nation. 

Jamie Lowell, whose dispensary is in Ypsilanti, says all the other medical marijuana distributor like himself are just trying to keep up and play by the rules.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu