Effort to Clarify the Rules of Medical Marijuana

Michigan lawmakers said Tuesday they planned to introduce bills to clarify the state’s voter-approved 2008 law related to growing, selling and qualifying to use medical marijuana.   The proposed changes would require stricter doctor-patient relationships before a patient could get authorization to use the drug.   Other provisions likely would result in fewer medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.  Law enforcement, local communities, courts and some patients have been locked in disputes about what’s legal and what isn’t since shortly after the law was approved.   “The point is, confusion reigns,” said Rep. John Walsh, a Republican from Livonia and a key sponsor of the legislative package.

Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette said the current law has “more holes than Swiss cheese.”   Since the law was originally approved by voters, changes require support from three-fourths majorities in both the House and Senate.  The bills likely would run into opposition from medical marijuana supporters worried about legislative interference that could make the drug more difficult to get for some patients.   Walsh said the legislation would be worked on over the summer and could be voted on in the fall.  Michigan allows marijuana to be used to alleviate the symptoms of certain illnesses if someone sees a doctor and gets a state-issued card. People can possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of ready-to-use marijuana and have up to 12 plants in a locked area.

via : WILX

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