Michigan Lawmakers Move Toward Changing Medical Marijuana Law

 by lucy

Medical marijuana was legalized in Michigan in 2008.  Now, state lawmakers are looking to make changes to the law, making many advocates concerned that the integrity of the law is being undermined.

There are four house bills that are currently making their way through Michigan legislators.

Attorney General Bill Schuette is pushing House Bill 4851, which would make the definition of a doctor patient relationship stricter.  Currently, Schuette feels as though it is too simple for anyone to walk into a doctor’s office and receive a doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana.

Another measure, HB 4834, would allow police to have access to information about medical marijuana patients.  Initially, the bill  required photo ID cards for all patients, but that has been dropped from the version that reached the Senate.  Under the bill, police would not need a warrant to access patients’ information.

HB 4856 would regulate the way that patients can transport their medicine.  Should the measure pass, patients would be required to store their medical marijuana in a case in the trunk of their car while driving.

Finally, HB 4853 would provide sentencing standards for the crime of selling medical marijuana as a violation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.  This would relate to patients who resell their medicine to non-patients.

Medical marijuana supporters and patients are concerned that the state is taking actions to make it overly difficult for patients to gain safe access to their medicine.  The Marijuana Policy Project directly opposes the bills and is holding a letter writing campaign to encourage lawmakers to oppose or amend the medical marijuana proposals.

The proposed changes to the law were approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.  They will now move to the Senate floor.



6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    Mike-420 said on Aug 15, 2012

    HB 4834 will fail even if it survives the senate and gets put into law the supreme court will shut that bullshit down faster then you can spell bananas!

    Violation of DR Patient confidentiality. Freedom of information act cant even access michigans registry how the fuck do they think this shits gonna fly..

    HB 4856 is bullshit And the supreme court will knock that one out as well.

    HB 4853 . . . Yeah thats gonna stop ANYONE or anything! fuckin idiots..

    Michigans previous ruling outlining the will of the people when it comes to MMJ will squish damn near all of this on the grounds that this is not what we voted for.

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    Chubbs said on Aug 16, 2012

    Good luck Michigan. I have a feeling you're going to need it.

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    Nadroj said on Aug 16, 2012

    Sounds like Michigan is going through the same thing Montana did last year… our entire industry fell apart and now many providers are serving prison time… everything is so fuck't up.

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    irie_mountain_rx said on Aug 16, 2012

    yea hopfuly it wont end up like montana. patients cant even find doctors who even consider MMJ anymore

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      Nadroj said on Aug 17, 2012

      Yeah i almost became a patient… but the doctor i was connected with said i needed up to date documentation on my broken shoulder that i had surgery on in 2005 which was the latest info i had. He also said i needed proof of my pain since in one note the doctor said i was in "little, to no pain" after surgery and shit. Then he goes on to say since i was in "no pain" that i have no need for a card… who are you to say im not in pain?! ;)

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    Mike-420 said on Aug 17, 2012

    The biggest issue there trying to push is the face to face doctor shit.. There angry cause atm we skype with a guy in lower michigan.. shrugs got my card fuck uhm till next year :D

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