Several Changes to Michigan Medical Marijuana Laws Take Effect Monday

Several Changes to Michigan Medical Marijuana Laws Take Effect Monday

LANSING, MI — Starting Monday, significant changes to Michigan’s medical marijuana program will take effect, including extending medical marijuana registration card expiration to two years, setting rules defining a doctor-patient relationship, and requiring medical marijuana to be transported in the trunk of a car.

Monday’s changes to the medical marijuana law reflect the first significant changes to 2008’s voter-approved law allowing medical marijuana to patients suffering certain debilitating illness, including cancer and chronic pain.

But lawmakers said the 2008 law left too much open to interpretation, and pushed through several separate measures at the end of last session designed to clarify the act.

House Bill 4834 extended medical marijuana program registration card expiration from one to two years, House Bill 4856 requires medical marijuana to be transported in the trunk of a car, and House Bill 4851 clarified the doctor-patient relationship needed before medical marijuana use can be certified, one of the most significant changes to the law.

Democratic Rep. Phil Cavanagh of Redford Township in Wayne County, primary sponsor of HB 4851, said lawmakers had concerns that the certificates were given out too liberally, like over the phone or Internet.

But starting Monday, doctors must complete face-to-face medical evaluations of patients, review their relevant medical records, and assess their medical condition and history. The amendments also require follow-up with patients after providing the certification to see whether the use of medical marijuana to treat the illness is working.

Cavanagh said this prevents “some out-of-state doctor from coming in, renting a hotel room, writing these things and then leaving town.”

“Now we are saying: `What’s behind that card? Where did you get certified? Who was your doctor?”’ said Michael Komorn, a Michigan attorney who specializes in medical-marijuana law. He said the new standards will benefit patients and doctors by outlining what is expected throughout the certification process.

Among other changes that begin Monday is that state-issued cards given to people who have a doctor’s endorsement will be good for two years instead of one. Applicants also must show proof of residence, like a driver’s license or state ID, to get the $100 cards.

Also effective Monday is a new rule that medical marijuana must be transported in the trunk of a car.

These changes, while the most recent, are not the only changes on the horizon for Michigan’s evolving medical marijuana program.  A Michigan lawmaker has introduced a bill that would authorize medical marijuana dispensaries following a state Supreme Court ruling that they’re not allowed under the current law.

House Bill 4271, The Provisioning Centers Act, was introduced to the legislature in February by Rep. Michael Callton, R-Nashville.  The bill awaits action by the House Judiciary Committee.

The bill would allow local communities to license and regulate “provisioning centers,” allowing medical marijuana patients to have access to their medicine.

Rep. Callton says that not allowing dispensaries is a hole in the law that needs to be fixed, as it is causing an unfair hardship on terminally ill people.

Last year, the same court ruled that collective medical marijuana growing is also not permitted under state law.

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  • Mike

    “…medical marijuana must be transported in the trunk of a car…”?

    So what provisions are made under this law for those who don’t have a trunk with their vehicle? Pickups trucks? SUVs or station wagons? Hatchbacks? Some sports cars?

    OK, I get it…this is supposed to help the auto industry, because you need to buy a new car to haul your MMJ?

    Another great example of Big Brother overreach by a state ruled by folks who fancy themselves as being against “big government.”

    • dr3wl

      main issue is readily accessable…. a locked case, glovebox, etc. should be no problems…

    • potsnob

      So no trunk means in your bum then !

    • Mike

      dr3wl,
      OK, that’s common sense. But is it spelled out in law? Because cops are great at bending the law to their advantage. It’s one thing to carry your gun around in a locked container, but let it be pot — and the law not clear on this — and some cop will be looking to test things. Unfortunately, we’re already seeing the prohibitionists’ attempts to thwart the voters by taking back with bureaucracy what they gained at the ballot box.

      potsnob,
      Not really funny until fully legal and cops can no long use any lame excuse for a cavity search…. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.schomisch John Schomisch

    I would say that having a dispencery, would not help the hardships ill people face it would exstend it. I have never found a dispencery willing to offer a customer medicin based on what they can afford?. Truly Ill people that benefit from the drug. Really only get the necessary amount of medicine, if they use Oil (made form the proper ingrediance). Sure smoking it and vaporizing offer temporary almost instant pain relif. But the true medical value Is only exsperianced In the use of oil. If I were to purchase enough oil to last a month. It would cost about $1000.00 a month. Probably more at a dispencery. Someone that grows for themselves cant even grow enough with 12 plants to do it. Sure they can grow twelve plants, But it takes the premium tops to do any good.Unless you have quite exselent conditions, There is no way that you can grow enough, Just twelve tops are not gonna make enough oil to last three months. Its Damn complicated, And someone like Myself. Needs to be writeing The laws, Instead of a bunch of people bought by capitalist For the intrest of themselves. So far the only people bitching the dispencerys are closed are the ones just interested in a quick buzz and profits. Rather than people interested in cureing there Ills and people wanting to help cure them. The whole thing is Just as big a pice of capitalistic artwork that only certain people will come to apreiciate just like everything else good in this flippin world.

    • bobby day

      i could gro 12 plants and get 7 to 10 pounds per plant. you don’t believe, me check out the size of these kind of plants on Youtube . Outdoor or greenhouse . Get a friend to help and invite me over after its all grown and cured

      • http://www.facebook.com/john.schomisch John Schomisch

        Dude I grew up on a 96 acer farm. Owned three green houses that moved some plants… truck loads. People can grow big plants. This is true so can I, Under perfect conditions. Not every one has them and if you did. The cops would probably find a reason to be all over it. I don’t know many people that would give up 6 oz. of there most premium pot for a $1000? no matter what kind of yields they are getting. Do you? Every month? Ill take that deal. You gonna turn it into oil too. Since any thing over 2 1/2 oz is a crime? I don’t now what your point is. Maybe to say if we could grow like this by law. People could afford it. There again I don’t think it would get much more affordable when you figure in the greed factor.

        • bobby day

          you can keep what u get from 12 plants not 2 and a half oz. you are uninformed and not talkin sense . lolol keep it real

          • RecoveryGal

            Guest, YOU need “uninformed” asap!! You CAN NOT keep whatever yield you can get from 12 plants! You can ONLY have 2.5 ounces of marijuana TOTAL unless if you are a caregiver then you can ONLY have 2.5 ounces for each patient. NOT whatever your 12 plants yield!! That is BS and a outright LIE and will get you and anybody that believes your BS busted! KEEP IT REALLY REAL!! Quit the BS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Malcolm-Kyle/100001700224506 Malcolm Kyle

    Please Vote to Acquit!

    If you are called for jury duty on a case where there’s a drug violation and no overt act of violence, please do not convict! If it’s not a violent offender, do not send them to prison. Another person in a federal or state prison for drugs is not going to make society any better or our families any safer, in fact, it’s going to do the exact opposite.

    * It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict.

    * You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury.

    * You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting. Simply state that you find the accused not guilty.

    * Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the Judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion.

    We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for and end the most destructive, dysfunctional, dishonest and racist social policy since Slavery.

    If you wish to replace prohibition with a far more sensible system of legalized regulation, PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!

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