What Can Utah Lawmakers Learn From Michigan's Medical Marijuana Program?

UTAH: In a continued effort to inform and educate Utah lawmakers about the many benefits of cannabis, grassroots organization UtahCARE – Cannabis Awareness, Respect and Education – will kick off the 2014 Utah Legislative Session with a new campaign entitled “Educate in order to Medicate.”

This campaign is aimed at increasing awareness about the need for cannabis as medicine in Utah and will feature frequent e-mail blasts and phone calls to legislative members. Those responses have been documented by this writer since 2010 and will continue to be published at this link.

Michigan is the 11th state to have it’s medicinal cannabis laws examined in this series. Proposal 1, the “Michigan Medical Marihuana Act” was approved by 63% of voters on Nov. 4, 2008, thus becoming effective December 4, 2008.

The law allowed the following as “Approved Conditions”: cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, nail patella, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, epilepsy, muscle spasms, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Possession/Cultivation:

In Michigan, patients may possess up to two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable marijuana and twelve marijuana plants kept in an enclosed, locked facility. The twelve plants may be kept by the patient only if he or she has not specified a primary caregiver to cultivate the marijuana for him or her.

 

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