When Clinical Relief, a Ferndale, MI dispensary, opened it’s doors to patients in the summer of 2010 the clinic was celebrated by residents, welcomed by city and county officials, highlighted in the media, and inspected and approved by the Ferndale police department.
The County Sheriff, Michael Bouchard had more sinister plans, however. After promising the city of Ferndale and it’s police department that he would not touch Clinical Relief, the sheriff took aim at Michigan medical marijuana patients anyways.
His task force falsified State issued patient ID cards and infiltrated the clinic. The MPO recently discovered audio of undercover officers making purchases at the city-approved clinic.
On August 25, 2010, Sheriff Michael Bouchard deployed his SWAT teams to conduct raids on individuals and patients (and their children) involved with the long-shuttered Clinical Relief.
Shanna Bieber, an Army veteran, was present during those raids. “They came in with ski masks and had assault rifles. They threw me and other patients including two senior citizens to the ground. The cops had assault rifles to our heads.”
Shanna suffers from PTSD and other injuries as a result of her deployment to Afghanistan. She was issued a card by her doctor and the Michigan Department of Community Health.
This summer, members of the Clinical Relief dispensary will finally have their day in court against criminal charges. It has been a long, trying seven years for the defendants. Despite mounting evidence and legislation that authorizes their actions, the county prosecutor has chosen to continue forward with her persecution.
When you are a hammer, everything around you is a nail.