Michigan Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Michigan Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today signed a trio of bills (House Bills 4209, 4210 and 4827) that will legalize licensed and regulated medical cannabis dispensaries, which will be authorized to sell cannabis and cannabis-infused products (such as edibles) to qualified patients.

“This new law will help Michiganders of all ages and with varying medical conditions access safe products to relieve their suffering,” said Governor Snyder.

“We can finally implement a solid framework that gives patients a safe source from which to purchase and utilize medical marijuana.”

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Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Passed by Michigan Legislature

Medical Cannabis DispensariesMichigan’s full legislature has given approval to a package of bills that would establish a legal framework for medical cannabis dispensaries, supplied by licensed cultivation centers. The proposals would also legalize medical cannabis edibles, to be sold by dispensaries.

Although medical cannabis has been legal in Michigan for years, the passage of the bills is vital due to a court ruling which found that dispensaries aren’t legal under the current law. The new set of laws would establish a very specific regulatory system for medical cannabis. For example, the bills would create a five-member medical cannabis licensing board, with members appointed by the governor. This board, as well as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, would provide oversight of medical cannabis facilities

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Michigan’s Drug-Testing Welfare Program has Yielded Zero Positive Results so far

By Ryan Felton, TheGuardian.com

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Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder – who signed the legislation to launch the program in December 2014 – declined to comment about its progress. (Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP)

Not a single welfare recipient or applicant has tested positive for banned drugs in a Michigan pilot program, part of the growing practice of screening beneficiaries of government assistance for drug abuse.

The program, which ends on 30 September, may face renewed scrutiny in the wake of Wisconsin congresswoman Gwen Moore’s proposed legislation to force taxpayers with more than $150,000 of itemized deductions to submit to the IRS a clear drug test. Under the legislation, applicants who refuse the test would be required to take the significantly lower standard deduction when filing their taxes.

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Michigan House Approves Bills to Legalize Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and Edibles

jilly-bean-medical-marijuana-weed-strain-thcf-jillybeanweedWith a 95 to 11 vote, Michigan’s full House of Representatives gave approval today to a trio of bills that would establish a system of medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivation centers, while also legalizing the use and distribution of cannabis edibles such as brownies and tinctures.

House Bills 4209, 4210 and 4827 would legalize the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries, which would get their cannabis from licensed cultivation centers. In addition to distributing dried cannabis flower, dispensaries will be authorized to distribute cannabis-infused products such as tinctures and cannabis cookies.

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Michigan Senate Committee Votes Uanimously to Legalize Hemp

Michigan’shemptennessee Senate Agriculture Committee yesterday approved two hemp-related proposals, including one to legalize cultivation of the plant. House Bill 5439 and House Bill 5440 were both approved with unanimous votes.

House Bill 5439 would authorize universities in the state and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to participate in hemp research programs. House Bill 5440 would legalize hemp cultivation, so long as the THC concentration doesn’t surpass 0.3%. House bill 5439 was approved unanimously by the state’s House of Representatives in May, with House Bill 5440 being approved with an 108 to 1 vote.

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Michigan Senate Committee Approves Bills to Legalize Cannabis Dispensaries, Edibles and Extracts

Michigan’s Senate Government Operations Committee has given approval to two cannabis-related measures, House Bill 4271,michigan and House Bill 5104. Both measures have been approved by the state’s House of Representatives, and are now up for a full Senate vote, where their passage would send them to Governor Rick Synder for consideration.

Under House Bill 4271, medical cannabis dispensaries (referred to as provisioning centers) would be explicitly legal in communities that allow them. Under current Michigan law, the possession of up to two and a half ounces of cannabis, and the private cultivation of up to twelve cannabis plants, is legal for qualifying patients, though dispensaries are not permitted under the state’s law.

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