A Michigan Senate Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that paves the way for medical marijuana dispensaries to conduct operations legally in communities that have no issue with it and another bill that allows patients to access edible forms of medical marijuana.
The House Bills 5104 and 4271 are intended to simplify the state’s medical marijuana law that was approved by voters in 2008. The Supreme Court prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries from operating in the state last year, leading to the closure of several dispensaries, reported Crain’s Detroit Business.
In a separate ruling made in 2013, the Michigan Court of Appeals stated that some marijuana-laced foods are illegal as per the 2008 law. The two bills will make edible forms of marijuana and dispensaries legal. The bills have now headed to the Senate, where they are expected to meet stiff opposition from Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe), who announced he will not approve them in their existing form.
However, Richardville, who is the chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee, approved them on Wednesday because he is focused on improving them. While he didn’t clearly state the sticky issues, he said he wants the dispensaries as far away from neighborhoods and playgrounds as possible.
The bill HB 4271, which was sponsored by Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville), gives municipalities the permission to allow or deny medical marijuana dispensaries permission to operate them and also pass ordinances that subject the facilities to registration and licensing procedure. The bill blocks dispensaries from being located within 1000 ft of an educational institution, selling untested marijuana, employ underage workers and past convicts with drug-related history.
The bill HB 5104, which was sponsored by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R-White Lake Township), allows patients to access edible forms of medical marijuana. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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