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Harmful Marijuana Bill Gets 1st Hearing In Michigan Senate Today

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michigan medical marijuanaA bill that proposes to restrict what medical marijuana patients can do on private property is set to have its first hearing today.

The bill, SB 783, was introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) and Jim Marleau (R- Lake Orion) on Feb. 12. It was originally assigned to the Government Operation Committee before landing in the Judiciary Committee, a body chaired by Sen. Jones. The Judiciary included SB 783 on their agenda for their weekly meeting scheduled on Feb. 18, which begins at 2:30.

The bill contains two proposed restrictions on what licensed and registered participants in Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Program (MMP) can do on private property. The first would prevent patients from smoking marijuana on “ANY PORTION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY THAT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.” The implication is that patients would be banned from smoking in places where others could see them, like in their backyard or on a porch, even if the smell of cannabis was not detectable beyond the property line.

A similar provision was proposed in Arizona, but not by a house of government- it was a Homeowners Association. Arizona passed a medical marijuana law in 2010 but the Association in Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix, earlier this year tried to restrict patients from using cannabis on their porch or in their yard. Under threat of a signature drive to overturn their policy the Association relented after only a few days; letters were sent to all residents of the Association informing them that the policy had been dropped.

A second part of SB 783-s proposed changes include allowing landlords to forbid the possession and use of marijuana in rental properties. Specifically, the bill proposes to amend the medical marijuana Act to read:

This act DOES not permit any person to… Possess marihuana, or otherwise engage in the medical use of marihuana…ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, IN VIOLATION OF A PROHIBITION ESTABLISHED BY THE PROPERTY OWNER. THIS SUBPARAGRAPH DOES NOT APPLY TO A LESSEE OF PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY EXCEPT AS TO THE OWNER’S PROHIBITION AGAINST SMOKING OR GROWING MARIHUANA.

All changes to the language of the Act appear in CAPS. A second portion of the bill adds a second reference to smoking marijuana:

This act DOES not permit any person to… Smoke marihuana…ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, IN VIOLATION OF A PROHIBITION ESTABLISHED BY THE PROPERTY OWNER.

The medical marijuana community is largely united in opposition to the bills. Sen. Jones has a history of introducing bills that disfavor medical marijuana use; he has passed legislation to prevent insurance companies from any obligation to pay for medical marijuana and suggested removing glaucoma from the list of conditions that qualify an individual for use of medicinal cannabis.

Earlier this year he introduced legislation that would allow Child Protective Services the right to petition the Court to re-evaluate the medical necessity of any parent’s use of medical marijuana. That bill, SB 736, empowers the Court to determine if the medical use of marijuana by parents constitutes a hazard to any children in the home, stating that marijuana use “MIGHT BE INTERFERING WITH THE ABILITY, JUDGMENT, OR SKILL TO PARENT OR CARE FOR THE CHILD”. The Court could assign their own physical examination, and invalidate the person’s legal right to use cannabis or face losing their children.

Advocates were outraged when this legislation was introduced on January 15. The bill is assigned to Sen. Jones’ Judiciary Committee but has not been given a hearing to date.

Source: TheCompassionChronicles.Com

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"Rick Thompson was the Editor in Chief for the entire 2-year run of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine, was the spokesman for the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers and is the current Editor and Lead Blogger for The Compassion Chronicles. Rick has addressed committees in both the House and Senate, has authored over 200 articles on marijuana and is a professional photographer." Rick Thompson Is An Author At The Compassion Chronicles and focuses on all things Michigan.

21 Comments

  1. Thanks but I already have told this clown he should be buried face down for his crimes against the Sick, suffering, adults and children that he is condemning to a horrible existence .

  2. Brian Vansloten on

    I HAVE A BILL TO INTRODUCE….
    IT”S CALLED ‘LEGALIZE MARIJUANA’……… YOU STUPID A$$HOLE$!!!
    STOP WASTING MLLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLAR$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ON OUTDATED BULLSHIT LAWS.
    PRISON IS NOT JUSTIFIABLE….. YOU IGNORANT FUCKING PRICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    #PEACE #TRUTH

  3. Are you trying to say that the legislation, the actual words, can’t be read or spoken by any other person on Earth, except this one politician?

    So, if he should pass away, how does that solve anything?

    No, you haven’t fixed anything. But then, you know that, don’t you?

  4. Neil Carpenter on

    Let this bogus POLITICIAN die a quiet death, never to be heard from again.

    Fixed it for you.

  5. This is for the scammer, posting below, who was able to shut off his response option. But, there are ways around that, right?

    Hey scammer, some pictures are better than others, don’t you agree?

  6. I Own 20 Acre Was In A Discussion Bout Smokin In Car With Kids I Can Stop That But I Fought For 20 yrs In Navy I Fought For My Rights So We Can Make Our Own Choices This Is What We Did In 1776 When We Were Tired Of One Government Telling Us What We Can And Can Not Do And Now There Doing It Again And We (not Me) R Lettin them Do It I Believe In Or 2Amendement Right And Yes I Keep Many And Bare Armes On My Acreage COme Tell Me I Caint Thank U

  7. Office Address:
    915 Farnum Building

    Mailing Address:
    Senator Rick Jones
    P.O. Box 30036
    Lansing, MI 48909-7536

    By Phone: (517) 373-3447

    By Fax: (517) 373-5849

    By Email: SenRJones@senate.michigan.gov. When emailing, please include name, address, and phone number.

  8. Who the hell do these guys think they are? I am a medical marijuana patient
    with a legal license to posess and use for medical reasons. I should have the right to partake on my own private property anywhere I choose.