Michigan’s Marijuana Reform Debate

While Michigan has allowed marijuana by prescription for medicinal purposes for nearly eight years, Michigan law still lists weed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance (see NORML for details on existing restrictions and possession penalty details). This year, a package of bills proposed to expand previous state approved legislature and further regulate the state’s marijuana supply chain is attracting a lot of attention.

In many ways Michigan’s current legislative efforts seem to be preparing residents and law enforcement for further decriminalization and the inevitable legalization of recreational marijuana use.

It seems that, in Michigan, “…even conservative Republicans recognize that marijuana is on the threshold of becoming a legitimate and lucrative industry,” according to Jeff Hank, an East Lansing attorney intimately involved with marijuana initiatives his organization is working to put in front of Michigan voters in November 2016.

Cultivation and marijuana retail are very, very hot topics. But many marijuana patient advocates are angry that the proposed and long overdue “fixes” will seemingly overregulate the supply process in a way that impedes marijuana access.

“Now it’s just a matter of how, and who’s going to control the process,” Hank said recently.

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