Michigan Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana Sales Filed

Michigan Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana Sales Filed

LANSING, MI — A little more than a week after the state Supreme Court ruled that Michigan’s medical marijuana law doesn’t allow for dispensaries, a state lawmaker is ready to file a bill that would allow cities and counties to approve them via local option.

State Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville) said he will introduce House Bill 4271 Tuesday. The bill already has bipartisan support, with eight Democrat and eight Republican cosponsors.

A similar bill died in committee last year, and medical marijuana foe Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) has said no further medical marijuana bills are needed this year, but Callton told the Lansing State Journal he thought the measure would fare better this time around.

“I’m a Republican and I’m from a conservative area, but I’ve seen growing support from a lot of other legislators for this from both parties,” Callton  said. “And now, with this court ruling, it becomes much more important. I want people to be able to take a recommendation for (marijuana) from their doctor and be able to go to what we’re calling a provisionary center.”

Not only has Schuette come out against any new medical marijuana bills, his office will this week send out letters to all 83 county prosecutors instructing them to shut down anything resembling a dispensary, his office said on Friday.

Between the state Supreme Court ruling and Schuette’s aggressive posture, Michigan dispensary operators—there may be as many as a hundred statewide—are running scared. Many have closed their doors, while others remain open only on the down low.

“Nobody I know in this state is advertising this service anymore—it’s all going to be word-of-mouth from now on,” said Holice Wood, owner of a compassion club, told the State Journal.

The state’s 125,000 registered medical marijuana patients now must grow their medicine themselves, rely on a caregiver (limited to no more than five patients), or resort to the black market. Patients need safe access to their medicine, they said.

“It’s cost-prohibitive to grow this yourself, and it’s labor intensive,” said Alec McKelvey Jr., 41, of Warren, a state-registered patient who uses marijuana to fight the side effects of cancer treatments. “You have to spend hundreds of dollars on equipment and really know what you’re doing to get a quality plant that has no parasites or mold—that would make my health worse,” McKelvey said.

Michigan lawmakers are also considering a separate proposal that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in the state.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/JohnM1414 John Seychel

    I smell big pharmacy behind all this mess. They are loosing big money because people are using natural medications rather than harsh poisons. I can’t imagine why people prefer the natural cures rather than chemicals, can you? It’s all about the patents, and one can’t patent vegetation that already existed. I say do what the constitution says, and stop making ridiculous laws based on superstition. I don’t have anything to do with medical pot, but I know there will be an underground supply, but word of mouth like this article said, and there will be great loss in tax revenues for both cities and state. The people received their mmmp cards under the intention of being able to go to the dispensaries. What? I don’t get it. The government really needs to stop playing nanny, and keep their noses out of it. They are just here to play cater to us. That’s what they are paid for. When the people become afraid of their government there is something seriously wrong here. Ron Paul is the only politician who actually read and abides by the constitution. He just got caste aside while the freakiest man made it, the system is bassackwards as far as I can see.

  • american voter

    its almost time to vote mr shutte

  • uuberdude

    To this point the law, which expressly authorizes only caregiver/patient medical use, and rules out any type of commercial distribution method, has been prohibited from working as intended. The recent Supreme Court ruling in McQueen clarifies the issue, and removes much of the potential for unlawful conduct. Dispensaries are unnecessary.

    Rabid police and court actions actions against patients and their caregivers have been commonplace. Some of those actions have been walked back due to the whooping the Michigan Supreme Court has laid on them in a handful of cases, some whcih have been remanded back to the lower courts with instruction to get it right, and police and prosecutors continue to be pointedly informed by proper court decisions to leave compliant patients and their caregivers alone to enjoy the specific protections of the law. We are finally at the juncture where the government is starting to get it and the profiteers have been called off. Because of this, the system authorized in 2008 can finally be expected to grow into its own. Dispensaries, or as they are described in Callton’s bill, ‘Provisioning Centers.’ (much like the Liquor Control Commission) are unnecessary and are intended to permit profiteering. The state is hanging out its hand now that the people, after decades of putting up with its refusal to do anything with the issue, finally took the matter by the horns and took their privileges out of the government’s hands. It is sad that Callton is butthurt that the state dithered all those years and screwed itself out of a revenue stream. Now the politicos want it to enhance the state treasury and line the pockets of their campaign donors. Dispensary advocates have no real argument except that they cannot make the money they want. There is no good reason to go beyond the system as it exists, until and unless decriminalization comes around; and it will.

    For patients who cannot or will not, for whatever reason, grow their own, caregiver services are not terribly difficult to find. There are websites that address Michigan
    Medical Marijuana that offer opportunities for patients to connect with prospective caregivers. Popular classified and social media sites are opening up options. Compassion Clubs, scattered around the state, and which provide instruction and information, and keeping out of the distribution end, exist to connect people. It is our objective to establish as many people as are sufficient to provide the stuff as caregivers, and there is a degree of cooperation in establishing that. We consider it best to both have and be a caregiver, sharing our garden produce as widely as the law permits.

    The Court has provided the clarity to call off the California and cartel wannabes and to
    finally deliver the protections that the electorate took to itself in 2008. Let the law work as intended. Caregivers provide quality cannabis at low prices, and we are legion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Artsmith67 Art Smith

    Whatever happened to WE THE PEOPLE? I signed a blank check when I served this country as a soldier. Is this the so called FREEDOM that i was DEFENDING? Screw you politicians and lawyers ! Why cant you (we) just take our skulls out of our rectums and legalize the weed ,Already!