Medical marijuana dispensaries, full legalization pondered by Michigan lawmakers
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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Bay Area Pot Company Sends Doctor To Your House
A Bay Area medical marijuana company is hoping to turn the industry on its head, by sending the doctor and the pot right to your doorstep.
"Meadow is medical marijuana on demand," said David Hua. His website, GetMeadow.com, is a one-stop shop for legal cannabis.
In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, making the Golden State the first to allow medical use of marijuana. Since then, 22 more states, the District of Columbia and Guam have passed similar laws.
In August of 2013, the federal government relaxed drug enforcement in states where marijuana is regulated. The move opened the door for businesses like Meadow to operate legally.
Meadow's newest program is called Cannabis MD. They send a medical doctor to your door to talk about cannabis.
"Typically, I'll come in, introduce myself to the patient, we'll sit down and I'll talk to them quite a bit about what they are looking for relief from," said Dr. Dan Price.
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