Voters in the Great Lakes State of Michigan approved the “Michigan Medical Marijuana Act” in 2008. The law required caregivers and patients to be registered within the state in an effort to regulate weed and put limits on what illnesses doctors could consider before approving them as eligible patients.
According to the law, a patient that has met all of the state guidelines, including possession of a registry identification card, shall be immune from prosecution as long as they do not possess more than 2.5 ounces of useable marijuana.
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Since medical marijuana became legal in the state, efforts have continuously been under way to amp up regulation as the law was riddled with loopholes.
1. In 2014, the state began making efforts to further regulate medical marijuana, but not all in power support changes, Michigan Radio reported.
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, said: “This is for well-meaning people and it’s all for medical purposes. And [patients and caregivers] came and gave some moving testimony.”
2. With so many loopholes in the current marijuana law, State Sen. John Proos also advocated in for making changes in 2014, according to Michigan Radio.
“Unfortunately, what that particular amendment to the constitution did is left open all of the other questions and concerns in our local municipalities and with law enforcement to understand who legally possesses the right the federal government still considers it a narcotic or a schedule one drug,” Proos said.
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3. State. Sen. Rick Jones believes the voters had no idea what they were voting for in 2008, Michigan Radio reported.
“The Michigan voters were duped into thinking they were voting for marijuana for senior citizens in great pain or perhaps suffering from cancer and cancer treatment and needing marijuana,” Jones said.
4. Efforts to overhaul Michigan’s medical marijuana law have put some lawmakers on the defense, reported MLive.com.
Sen. John Pappageorge, chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules balked at a proposed idea that would require online registration for patients saying it would cause problems for rural or poor residents and those without internet access who presently use the paper form.
“If the person can’t file the darn thing unless they go out and buy a computer, why are you saying to them they can’t register?” said Pappageorge, R-Troy.
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