Today, the House Judiciary committee took testimony for the second week on two pieces of legislation dealing with medical marihuana. HB 4209 (Rep. Callton) provides for state and local regulations of medical marihuana provisioning centers/dispensaries. The introduced version does not allow a local municipality to ban dispensaries within their community but we are working with the bill sponsor to ensure this makes it into the next substitute. HB 4210 (Rep. Lyons) allows for and regulates marihuana infused products. These pieces of legislation are an attempt at helping to fix some of the loopholes and provide more clarity from the ballot proposal Michigan citizens passed back in 2008.
We look forward to continued discussions as this process moves forward.
Nikki Brown is a legislative associate for the League handling economic development, land use and municipal services issue. She can be reached at email@example.com or 517-908-0305.