Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Legislation Gets Smoked

MICHIGAN:  A proposed measure that would have made medical marijuana dispensaries legal in Michigan got smoked early Friday, when Senate wrapped up the 2013-14 session without taking any action on the measure.

The lower chamber of the Legislature had approved the legislation (House Bill 4271) around year ago, but it failed to advance as the Senate didn’t pay any heed to it.

A companion measure that would have allowed patients to use non-smokable forms of the medical marijuana, including medibles, also failed to attract the Senate’s attention.

Earlier this week, the Michigan Legislature approved two other bills that would legalize industrial hemp research in the state. The federal government treats hemp as an illegal drug since 1970 because of its similarity to marijuana, but the federal Farm Bill ratified earlier this year included an amendment allowing state to do industrial hemp research.