Coalition forming in support of legalization in 2018
Last update: December 21, 2016
MPP is currently talking with advocates, patients, business owners, and activists across the state as we explore working with coalition to put an adult use marijuana legalization and regulation measure on Michigan’s November 2018 ballot. Our December listening tour across the southern part of the state was a success, and we were impressed with the thoughtful comments and questions you had. Thank you to all who participated!
If you have thoughts you wish to share before the drafting committee begins its work, please send comments to [email protected] by January 2, 2017, and be sure your voice is heard. For updates, announcements, and the timeline for drafting the language proposed for the 2018 ballot, please follow the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Facebook page. You can also find the timeline and instructions for providing feedback here.
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program
In 2008, 63% of voters approved a medical marijuana measure spearheaded by MPP. Like other medical marijuana laws that passed prior to Pres. Barack Obama’s election (which led to the federal government adopting a hands-off approach on well regulated medical marijuana programs), Michigan’s original law provided clear protections for patients and caregivers, but did not establish regulations for the businesses that made medical marijuana available to them.
As the population of patients in Michigan grew from thousands, to tens of thousands, to over 200,000, the business community serving them also grew. Unfortunately, Michigan’s lack of regulations led to years of harm.
Earlier this year, lawmakers passed three bills that together overhaul the state’s medical marijuana program. While an improvement in many ways, it is not without its controversies, particularly for those businesses that have been operating since voters approved MPP’s medical marijuana initiative in 2008.
With the passage of the new regulatory system, changes are ahead, particularly for those cultivating or providing medical marijuana. While much of the framework created by the new law is similar to that of other states, it represents big change for Michigan’s program, which has been evolving since 2008. For a summary of many of the changes, click here.
While the new law is now technically in effect, it will take about a year before changes will be in effect. During that time, state regulators will consider, propose, and ultimately adopt the rules under which the new system will operate. There is much to be done in the months ahead!