Protections for medical marijuana businesses and extracts continue to be under consideration

 

Last update: August 25, 2015

 

Two important bills to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis preparations are under review, and we are hopeful that they will be enacted this year. Rep. Mike Callton’s HB 4209 would establish important protections for Michigan’s medical marijuana businesses and patients by setting up a regulated and licensed dispensary system. Meanwhile, Rep. Lisa Lyons’ HB 4210 would clearly allow extractions and the products made from them, such as edibles. Both measures have been considered in a series of hearings in the House Committee on Judiciary and are expected to advance. 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. Michiganians are sending the message loud and clear to state legislators — it’s time to improve state law and eliminate criminal penalties for personal possession! Another such measure will be before voters this November in Portage. For a complete list of cities that have either lowered or removed criminal penalties for marijuana possession in Michigan, click here.

Two groups have expressed interest in placing statewide legalization measures on the November 2016 ballot and have begun gathering the signatures necessary to get the initiatives included in the election. Read more about the various efforts here.


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.