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Bills legalizing dispensaries, edibles pass Senate committee

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Medical marijuana dispensaries and edibles are closer to becoming legal in Michigan after a Senate committee approved two bills Wednesday already passed by the House.

The Senate Government Operations Committee approved the measures 3-1, and a vote in the full Senate is expected in September.

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.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, a one-time critic of medical marijuana, generally supports the bills but said he expects some changes.

“I have some of the same concerns as law enforcement,” he told the Detroit Free Press. “My concern has always been playgrounds and neighborhoods, and making sure controls are in place so people who think they’re getting a certain product are actually getting that product.”

RELATED: Michigan moves to legalize hemp farms as market grows.

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, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana. Recreational pot use is legal in Washington and Colorado, where one of our freelancers went to experience the freedom.

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