Important protections for patients and those who provide to them in the works for 2015

 

Last update: May 28, 2015

 

Last year’s effort to establish a workable set of protections and regulations for the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries, and protections for patients who prefer non-smoked forms of medical marijuana, fell short under pressure from some law enforcement groups. Undeterred, Rep. Mike Callton has again sponsored a regulatory bill, and this year, Rep. Lisa Lyons has stepped forward to sponsor a bill that would clearly allow extractions and the products made from them. Both measures have been considered in a series of hearings in the House Committee on Judiciary and are expected to advance. This year, with law enforcement’s direct involvement in the drafting and review process, it is hoped that a workable set of bills will pass by the end of the year.

If you have not done so already, please take a few moments to contact your legislators today and voice your support for these important bills.


Cannabis decriminalization and legalization, one city at a time

 

Last year marked the addition of eight more cities to the ranks of those that have adopted decrim measures, brining the total number to 18. Michiganders are sending the message loud and clear to state legislators — it’s time to improve state law and eliminate criminal penalties for personal possession!


The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program

 

Application forms, along with the full text of the law and accompanying regulations, can be found at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website.

Under the MMMA, patients can choose to either cultivate their own medical marijuana in an enclosed, locked facility or to designate a caregiver to do so for them. Caregivers can assist no more than five patients. Also, note that in late 2012, the legislature passed several bills that changed the way the program works. Here’s a helpful summary of those new laws.