Michigan House Approves Medical Marijuana Reform Bills

Michigan House Approves Medical Marijuana Reform Bills

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On Sept. 14, 2016, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a number of bills that would overhaul its medical marijuana system. Initially passed back in 2015, the bills have languished in the Senate due to delays; however, after some minor changes, the bills were returned to the Senate for final approval.

In total, the House voted on three bills. The first bill was HB 4209, which would provide licensing and regulatory rules for the cultivation, processing, transportation and dispensing of medical marijuana. The second bill, HB 4210, would enable the production and distribution of edible marijuana products. The final bill, HB 4827, would create a seed-to-sale marijuana tracking system.

According to Michigan Live, despite controversies over taxation and expensive licensing requirements, state advocacy groups like the Michigan Cannabis Development Association have praised the passage of the bills.

“This landmark legislation creates a framework to spark small business development, promote job growth and generate much-needed revenue for both the state and local communities,” said Willie Rochon, vice president and spokesperson for the Michigan Cannabis Development Association.

The bills now go before Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and he’s expected to sign them.

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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