Michigan Vote On Medical Marijuana Bills Allowing Dispensaries, Edibles, Pharmacy Sales On Hold

MICHIGAN: A vote on a trio of bills related to Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act probably won’t happen until next year.

But that didn’t stop a couple hundred people affected by the law from cramming into three committee rooms Thursday to voice their support and concerns about the bills during a meeting of the House Judiciary committee.

“Our current legislation is the worst,” said Stephen Postema, city attorney for Ann Arbor. “At least take the next step and move the Michigan law into a better place than it is now.”

The bills would: allow communities to determine and regulate if they want medical marijuana dispensaries — called provisioning centers — to operate in their communities; it also would allow for the manufacture and sale of other forms of marijuana, including edibles like brownies and oils.

The bills are needed, said sponsors state Reps. Mike Callton,R-Nashville, and Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake, because court rulings have made dispensaries and edible forms of marijuana illegal.

 

Michigan Vote On Medical Marijuana Bills Allowing Dispensaries, Edibles, Pharmacy Sales On Hold

MICHIGAN: A vote on a trio of bills related to Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act probably won’t happen until next year.

But that didn’t stop a couple hundred people affected by the law from cramming into three committee rooms Thursday to voice their support and concerns about the bills during a meeting of the House Judiciary committee.

“Our current legislation is the worst,” said Stephen Postema, city attorney for Ann Arbor. “At least take the next step and move the Michigan law into a better place than it is now.”

The bills would: allow communities to determine and regulate if they want medical marijuana dispensaries — called provisioning centers — to operate in their communities; it also would allow for the manufacture and sale of other forms of marijuana, including edibles like brownies and oils.

The bills are needed, said sponsors state Reps. Mike Callton,R-Nashville, and Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake, because court rulings have made dispensaries and edible forms of marijuana illegal.

 

Jackson Police Officials Say They'll Allow Possession Of Marijuana On Private Property After Public Vote

MICHIGAN: Jackson law enforcement and city officials have a plan to enforce a new marijuana ordinance that they believe falls within the spirit of the law.

A law passed in November via a 2,242-1,434 vote decriminalizes up to an ounce of marijuana on private property for those age 21 and older within the city.

Jackson Police Chief Matthew Heins said the city police department has advised its officers to follow the new law.

“First and foremost, it was my objective to enforce what voters voted on,” Heins said. “We struggled with some details in the law, but it’s the law.”

Some of the subjects in the law Heins and others debated were what constitutes private property.

“Target is private property, for example,” Heins said. “But we don’t think it was the public’s intention to allow a 21-year-old to possess marijuana at your local Target.”

Three Localities in Michigan Approve Legalization By Large Margins

MICHIGAN: Three localities in Michigan (Ferndale, Jackson, and Lansing) all voted in support of marijuana legalization today by huge margins. The three areas had similar proposals to remove criminal and civil penalties for personal possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana. [Read more…]

Three Localities in Michigan Approve Legalization By Large Margins

MICHIGAN: Three localities in Michigan (Ferndale, Jackson, and Lansing) all voted in support of marijuana legalization today by huge margins. The three areas had similar proposals to remove criminal and civil penalties for personal possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana. [Read more…]

Election 2013: Marijuana Advocates Predict Success For 'Legalization' Proposals In 3 Michigan Cities

MICHIGAN: Voters in three separate Michigan communities will decide Tuesday whether local police should arrest recreational marijuana users.

Ballot proposals in LansingJackson and Ferndale would legalize the use or possession of up to an ounce of marijuana on private property by anyone 21 years or older. [Read more…]

Proponents Confident Jackson MI Election Proposal Allowing Possession Of Marijuana Will Pass

MICHIGAN: In addition to City Council candidates, Jackson residents will have the opportunity Tuesday, Nov. 5, to vote for or against decriminalizing marijuana within the city.

More than 550 residents signed and turned in a petition in July to decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana for people more than 21 years of age. [Read more…]

Proponents Confident Jackson MI Election Proposal Allowing Possession Of Marijuana Will Pass

MICHIGAN: In addition to City Council candidates, Jackson residents will have the opportunity Tuesday, Nov. 5, to vote for or against decriminalizing marijuana within the city.

More than 550 residents signed and turned in a petition in July to decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana for people more than 21 years of age. [Read more…]