Michigan’s Governor Signs Law Allowing Landlords to Ban MMJ Smoking

Michigan's Governor Signs Law Allowing Landlords to Ban MMJ Smoking

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On Jan. 10, 2016, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 72, a law that permits landlords to ban the cultivation and smoking of medical marijuana on rental property. Authored by state Sen. Rick Jones, the bill is meant to codify a 2011 Attorney General opinion.

Under the new law, landlords can only ban the cultivation or smoking of medical marijuana if it is included in the lease agreement, meaning it would not affect properties already rented.

Speaking with WLNS, Jones said that the bill’s goal is to ensure public safety and would not affect alternative forms of marijuana consumption.

“This is about helping ensure the safety of all renters and enabling landowners to protect their private property from destruction,” Jones said. “This law does not prevent patients from using non-smokable forms of medical marihuana, such as edibles, creams and oils.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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