Michigan’s medical marijuana law has two serious flaws: It doesn’t allow for cannabis dispensaries or edibles.
But that is likely to change after the Michigan Senate returns from an extended break on Sept. 9. In a major reversal, key Republicans are beginning to embrace the medical cannabis law approved by voters in 2008.
The reason? Mounting evidence that marijuana is a legitimate medicine.
Senate Majority Leader, R-Monroe, who has long criticized medical marijuana, is having a change of heart after hearing more evidence of the medical benefits of cannabis. He told Michigan Radio that he plans to advance two House-approved bills that would legalize dispensaries and edibles after lawmakers return in September.
“This is for well-meaning people and it’s all for medical purposes. And [patients and caregivers] came and gave some moving testimony,” Richardville said.
“There’s so much to learn about that topic, and I didn’t know a lot about it. And I didn’t realize how difficult smoking is for some people and the different ingestion techniques that are important to them.”
House Bill 4271 would allow local communities to authorize dispensaries to sell marijuana to anyone with a medical card. House Bill 5104 would legalize the use of cannabis-infused edibles such as brownies, tinctures and oils.
Last year, medical cannabis generated $6.8 million for the cash-strapped state.
But when it comes to legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Michigan residents aren’t on board, according to a survey last month.
So far, 22 states have legalized medical marijuana. Recreational pot use is legal in Washington and Colorado, where one of our freelancers went to experience the freedom.