Article by Tyler Koslow, Merry Jane
After a long and steady fight to legalize the use of medical marijuana across the state, the Senate committee has made some major regulatory strides in their cannabis system, aiming to provide their citizens with better regulations through a new package of freshly passed bills.
On Thursday, members of the Michigan Senate voted with three-fourths majority to pass four bills that will help the state better regulate their medical marijuana system.
HB 4209-4210, 4827, SB 141, and SB 101 will give local communities more control over how many dispensaries they will allow as well as where they’ll be located. Additionally, the newly passed bills will create a more viable system to provide proper licensing for growers, dispensaries, patients, caregivers, and transporters.
The new amendments will also effectively legalize the use of non-smokable forms of cannabis, including oils and edible varieties, for both adults and children in need of medical marijuana treatment. Although the set of bills were stuck in the Senate committee for 11 months, they were finally able to reach the minimum amount of votes required to fully pass through. Unsurprisingly, there was still dissent from a number of Republican politicians, who in general are often staunchly opposed to marijuana legalization in any form.
“The endgame of this legislation with all of its societal ills is the full legalization of marijuana in our state,” said Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton. “This isn’t the legacy that I want to leave for the citizens of Michigan.”
Although the newly passed collection of bills may not please the state’s right wing, it will certainly receive a warm welcome by the majority of citizens of Michigan, giving them more control and better access to their medicinal marijuana system. All in all, local advocacy groups definitely see today as a major victory for the state, which has been battling to create more viable regulations for their cannabis industry for quite some time.