The third-annual ExtravaGanja took place Saturday in Chesterfield Township.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Big Daddy's Compassion Center and Hydroponics' third-annual ExtravaGanja came to Chesterfield Saturday as the dispensary plans to set up soon in New Baltimore.
Medical marijuana patient Winston Elam believes people with chronic pain shouldn't have to worry about safe access to pot. That's why Elam, who is wheelchair-bound from a spinal injury, attended Saturday's ExtravaGanja in Chesterfield Township to show support for the Medical Marihuana Act and socialize with other patients. Clad in a "Vote Green" T-shirt, Elam says he spent thousands of dollars using prescription narcotics to alleviate pain but finally turned to medical pot after the MMA was passed by voters in 2008. He gets his medical pot from Big Daddy's dispensary, formerly of Chesterfield, at its Mack Avenue location in Detroit. If it wasn't for the business, he says, he would be forced to get untrusted marijuana off the street. "I …
Monday, September 24, 2012
City Council and Planning Commission officials are working on an ordinance pertaining to medical pot growth.
Monday, September 17, 2012
The former Chesterfield Township medical marijuana dispensary and compassion center plans to open on Green Street.
Approximately six months after closing doors in Chesterfield Township, Big Daddy's Hydroponics wants to reopen in neighboring New Baltimore. Owner Rick Ferris, also known as Big Daddy, told Patch late Monday that he plans to open on Green Street in a vacant building near the New Baltimore Police Department. Ferris says he aims to apply for a business license in the next few days for the leased building that meets Big Daddy's needs. His customers who use medical marijuana for chronic pain requested a facility in that area, he said. The business, formerly on Gratiot near 24 Mile Road in Chesterfield, was embroiled in litigation with Chesterfield and the state over allegations it violated zoning laws and was a public nuisance. Much of the …
Monday, March 5, 2012
The Monday night decision took place in closed session and was announced publicly afterward.
Following a lengthy legal battle, Chesterfield Township officials voted Monday night in closed session to authorize a permanent injunction against Big Daddy's Hydroponics. The unanimous Board of Trustees' decision gives township attorneys authority to sign the injunction following a court agreement for the medical marijuana business to close. The board went into closed session Monday night, publicly announcing the decision about 20 minutes later. Big Daddy's Management, which agreed to close doors March 10 off Gratiot between 23 Mile and 24 Mile roads due to zoning violations, stated on its Facebook page it will reopen at another location. That address will be disclosed at its March 9 relocation party, according to the page.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Big Daddy's Hydroponics is set to close March 10, 2012.
After attorneys on both sides of the ongoing Big Daddy's Hydroponics case reached an agreement in Macomb County Circuit Court, owner Rick Ferris read this letter Wednesday to Judge John Foster: Dear Honorable Judge Foster, After listening to the testimony from the city officials, Tuesday, February 28, 2012, and conversations with my attorneys and landlord, Pat Acciavatti, I agree with the city’s conclusion that we are not in compliance with the zoning. Therefore, I will withdraw from 52011 Gratiot Avenue, Chesterfield Twp. MI 48051. It was never my intention to break any law, local or state. I believe we follow the state law at all times and were given bad legal advice regarding local zoning. Although I firmly believe this case has never …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Judge John Foster denied Michigan Atty. General's Office latest request to reconsider Foster's ruling to convert civil case to criminal.
Monday, February 13, 2012
A civil matter in Macomb County Circuit Court involving Big Daddy's Hydroponics will be treated as criminal contempt case, according to the judge.
Despite the Michigan Attorney General's attempt Monday to shut down Big Daddy's Hydroponics, the medical marijuana compassion center remains open. Big Daddy's lawyer Corbett O'Meara convinced Macomb County Circuit Court Judge John Foster Monday to change the civil matter into a criminal contempt complaint against the Chesterfield Township business. O'Meara argued that converting the type of case means owners Rick and Sue Ferris will receive due process—something Attorney General Bill Schuette would have deprived them under the civil complaint, he said. "The law is very clear and the attorney general was very confused," O'Meara said. "He wanted it to become civil because there would have been a hearing and it would have been shut down today…
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The controversial Chesterfield Township medical marijuana center is heading back to court Monday in Mount Clemens.
As Big Daddy's Hydroponics heads back to court Monday to fend off another attempt from the Michigan Attorney General to close the Chesterfield business, its owner says the business is being unfairly targeted. Rick Ferris, also known as Big Daddy, said that Atty. Gen. Bill Schuette's allegation that the compassion center violated the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act is unfounded. "He’s not slowed down since he got in office; he's not going to stop now," Ferris said. "We are definitely targeted. This is a civil matter. For him to jump in a civil matter, this is ridiculous." Schuette and Chesterfield Township have united in attempt to shut down Big Daddy's, claiming it's a public nuisance. Macomb County Circuit Court Judge John Foster initially…
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Chesterfield Township medical marijuana dispensary has been at the center of controversy since opening on Gratiot between 23 Mile and 24 Mile roads.