Changes to Michigan’s medical-marijuana law start Monday, including 2-year registry cards

LANSING, Michigan — Some of the first significant changes to Michigan's medical-marijuana law kick in Monday, including extending the one-year registry cards to two years and setting rules for the doctor-patient relationship for medical-marijuana users. Voters endorsed the use of medical … [Read more...]

Case dismissed against marijuana grower

BAD AXE — More than three years after his Bad Axe rental house was raided, charges against 47-year-old Livonia resident Jeffrey David Ellis were dismissed Friday. Judge M. Richard Knoblock made the decision after determining that Ellis was in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, … [Read more...]

Back-door legalization

Cotter says medical marijuana is too easy to get ST. JOSEPH - State legislators will need to get their act together if they don't want medical marijuana to become de facto marijuana legalization, Berrien County Prosecutor Arthur Cotter warns. Medical marijuana cards can be obtained by visiting a … [Read more...]

Cautious Optimism for Approval of New Medical Marijuana Conditions

Last August, the state began assembling a medical marihuana review panel, with the ultimate goal of finally hearing arguments to add new conditions to the Michigan Medical Marihuana registry. Now, with the help of that panel, more than four years after Michigan residents approved the Michigan … [Read more...]

Michigan cities challenging marijuana reform, despite voters’ wishes

Political organizers behind easing laws against marijuana use have been quietly cheering since November. That's when voters in Detroit and four other Michigan cities -- as well as residents of Colorado and Washington state -- passed referendums to reduce penalties for possession of the drug and, … [Read more...]

Parkinson’s may be added to pot law list

Lansing — A public hearing is planned later this month to add Parkinson's disease to the list of illnesses that would qualify for medical marijuana use in Michigan. It would be the first addition since medical marijuana was approved by voters in 2008. A panel met in December to consider … [Read more...]

The Walsh Bills Are Law In Michigan — Is The Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?

By Tim Beck, The Compassion Chronicles On April 1, 2013, the first legislative changes to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) will take effect. Commonly know as the “Walsh Bills,” because they were created under the supervision of Rep. John Walsh (R-Livonia) chairman of the powerful … [Read more...]

Medical Marijuana Amendments Could Harm Michigan Residents

Last week, Michigan's leaders passed a number of bills in a marathon lame-duck session, scrambling to push through controversial legislation behind closed doors late into the night. The bills included several amendments to Michigan's Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), in addition to an Emergency … [Read more...]

Kalamazoo-area medical marijuana leaders say legislation passed Friday creates more hurdles for patients

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Changes to Michigan's medical marijuana law passed by legislators early Friday morning will create more hurdles and uncertainty for medical marijuana patients, two Kalamazoo-area professionals said Friday. "The overall impact of these bills will be to increase the fear and … [Read more...]

Medical marijuana battle fought in county courtroom

ADRIAN — A legal contest in Lenawee County Circuit Court over Michigan’s medical marijuana rules is to stretch into a third day after two doctor’s failed to appear Friday for a hearing in a Rome Township man’s criminal case. An attorney for Kevin Robert McGrath, 43, is asking the court to … [Read more...]

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