There is a lot of confusion in Michigan regarding what legalized marijuana for medical use is available for sale. From edibles and other non-smoking versions of marijuana to the legality of a dispensary, the Michigan legislature has introduced a new bill that aims to clear up the mess. The 32,000 caregivers and the 165k residents that have a medical marijuana card are excited about the effort.
The bipartisan legislation calls for having dispensaries that would be called “provisioning centers.” These businesses would allow patients with a medical marijuana card to purchase surplus inventory. A separate bill would authorize oils, edibles, and pills. The vote on nonsmokable marijuana requires a 75% majority because it changes voter approved legislation.
The problem in Michigan is that a 2013 law prevents the transfer of marijuana from one person to another. This means that dispensaries could be shut down just because they sold marijuana to someone holding a state issued card. A patient giving another patient a little extra could result in an arrest for causing a public nuisance.
The Michigan legislature attempted to pass the same laws in 2013. It never came to a vote because there were concerns about how the law would be enforced. With successes in Colorado and Washington paving the way, however, the rules of marijuana use in Michigan seemed destined for an improvement.
Only one issue remains to be addressed: the fact that medical marijuana in Michigan is not supposed to be a for-profit business. The legislation is expected to be taken up for debate some time within the current session.