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LANSING, MI — An evolving bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan could also provide a regulatory framework for full legalization of the drug, according to the sponsor.
State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, has been working on medical marijuana dispensary legislation for several years — a version passed the Michigan House by a wide margin in late 2013 before stalling in the Senate — but recent discussions have led to major changes in the bill.
"I think we've gotten more buy-in from the police groups, because it looks like we need some regulation of marijuana in place before a possible legalization referendum," Callton said, referencing active petition drives seeking to put legalization proposals before voters in 2016.
"If we don't have anything in place, and suddenly it's legal, it's going to be the wild wild west. It's going to be hard to shove Pandora back in the box."
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Colorado legislators working to draft marijuana DUI bill
DENVER - Driving high and driving drunk carry the same charge in Colorado, and that's a problem for those who want to track the impact, if any, of legalized marijuana on the safety of the state's roads and highways.
It's impossible to break out state-wide statistics about the number of convictions for driving under the influence of marijuana or other drugs. The charges and convictions are all lumped together under the same impaired driving statute.
That's a problem, says Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, who will propose a bill in the 2016 legislative session to enable marijuana-related driving offenses to be tracked.
"The motivation is really to be able to have a real discussion with real numbers and real data," Keyser said. "If this is a problem we definitely need to address it, but right now we can't even say if it's a problem."
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