Mar 062012
 March 6, 2012

michigan marijuanaMichigan Medical Marijuana Legislation

Led by Chairman John Walsh, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee continues to hold hearings on several bills that would amend Michigan’s medical marijuana law. Here’s where we stand:

HB 4834 – Would make registry ID cards good for two years (they currently expire after one) and require cards to include a photograph of the cardholder. MPP supports the later expiration date and does not oppose requiring a photo, provided it does not add to the lengthy delays patients face getting ID cards.

The bill would also allow law enforcement officers to have access to registry information if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that a cardholder has violated the act. MPP sees the value in allowing a police officer with a search warrant to check to see if the target is a cardholder and the raid is unnecessary, but believes the current language is too broad.

HB 4853 – Would create a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison, for selling marijuana in violation of registry ID card restrictions. MPP believes that selling marijuana outside of registry ID card restrictions is already a crime, and the only additional punishment needed for a violation is revocation of the ID card.

HB 4851 – Would add to the definition of a ”bona-fide physician-patient relationship.” MPP agrees with the Michigan Board of Medicine that the same standards required for prescribing any other drug should apply, and no special standard, higher or lower, is called for in recommending marijuana. The bill would also clarify that patients may offer evidence of their medical use as a defense to criminal charges. MPP supports this change.

HB 4856 – Would require medical marijuana transported by car to be in the trunk, in a case, or otherwise inaccessible from the passenger compartment. MPP does not support or oppose this provision.

While these bills are a mixed bag of positive and negative, there are some flat out bad bills being offered. For example, one Senate bill would remove glaucoma from the list of qualifying conditions. Please use our automated system to send pre-written messages to your elected officials, asking them to respect the will of Michigan voters and improve the law, not undermine it. Thank you!

courtesy of Marijuana Policy Project

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  • Jesusis777

    Beware of the rip off by Michigan Republicans in the Governor’s offic,e and by his friends in the legislature, and in the courts, of liberties.granted by the votors to medical marijuana parients. Obama gives Snyder all the amunition he needs to continue their War on Drugs on medical marijuana patients. Vote them into a different career!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002594671248 George Van Setters

    Way to go! To all the HERO’s that went to testify on behalf of the sick Thank you!!!!! I’am moved by your words, and driven by your passion, you people make me proud to be called a citizen of this state, and thats ONLY because of you folks! Our so called leaders have a choice, and a big one, act as representatives or act as social preditors, for police judges and prosecutors! As Ms Hicks put it plain and simplified, Remmember the word in front of your names! Remmember what that means, and remmember what your job entitles are! The support for medical marijuana is increasing daily, this bill passed by every county, and every polling center! Why are we even having hearing on a law that is not Implemented in courts! Unless to Implement! You call that fair, that is abuse, a law that no court has abided by, worthless the vote is, worthless the people are, Outrage, disent, scared, hate, used, and duped, that is the way a person on cancer, or a sufferer of pain should feel???????????????????????? DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Â

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002594671248 George Van Setters

    Way to go! To all the HERO’s that went to testify on behalf of the sick Thank you!!!!! I’am moved by your words, and driven by your passion, you people make me proud to be called a citizen of this state, and thats ONLY because of you folks! Our so called leaders have a choice, and a big one, act as representatives or act as social preditors, for police judges and prosecutors! As Ms Hicks put it plain and simplified, Remmember the word in front of your names! Remmember what that means, and remmember what your job entitles are! The support for medical marijuana is increasing daily, this bill passed by every county, and every polling center! Why are we even having hearing on a law that is not Implemented in courts! Unless to Implement! You call that fair, that is abuse, a law that no court has abided by, worthless the vote is, worthless the people are, Outrage, disent, scared, hate, used, and duped, that is the way a person on cancer, or a sufferer of pain should feel???????????????????????? DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jesusis777

    I was at the last Judicial Hearing, and there were a lot of testimonies about how badly medical marijuana patients were treated by law enforcement, but the most troubling testimony came from a lawyer who defended med. patients who asserted their Affirmative Defense under the MMMA, and were disallowed by a judge seven different times in seven cases to use the affirmative defense or mention medical marijuana. Now why isn’t that news worthy? Why didn’t WXYZ, WJLB, FOX, MSNBC, or some other station pursue the obstructions by these judges to the MMMA? Â

  • http://www.facebook.com/sk8punk42069 Jonathan Waugh

    That’s retarded to say I have to have it in the trunk or case. What’s wrong with my pocket?? Who’s going to reach in my pocket without me knowing. Especially if I’m sitting down. I usually keep mine in my zip pocket of my coat right by my chest. No one has access to it except me. I do understand keeping it out of reach of anyone without their card or children,but I shouldn’t have to put it in my trunk. I mean what if it’s in my trunk. I run into the store and my kid hops into the trunk and grabs it. He wouldn’t be able to do that if it was in my pocket with me. To remove glaucoma would be stupid. If I’m correct wasn’t that one of the first things they started giving it for??