Mount Pleasant could see new medical marijuana facilities this fall, but regardless of state laws and city ordinances, Central Michigan University will remain a drug-free campus.
The Mount Pleasant City Commission is drafting an ordinance for the medical marijuana facilities.
While it is legal to consume marijuana medically or recreationally in some states, it is still illegal on the federal level — classified as a schedule I drug, alongside LSD, ecstasy and heroin.
Because CMU is a federally-funded university, its policies are in-line with federal laws and statutes. As long as someone is on CMU property, any incident involving marijuana will be handled without regard to state laws or city ordinances, said Tom Idema, director of Student Conduct.
“We go by the Drug Free Campus Act,” Idema said. “Because we get federal funding we will not allow drugs on campus, which includes marijuana and medical marijuana.”
Since 2008, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) made it legal for Michigan residents to be prescribed marijuana for roughly 14 different conditions.
MMMA allowed patients to receive marijuana from caregivers, who grow marijuana for up to five particular patients, but it never permitted the use of dispensaries — stores that sell marijuana products to anyone with their Medical Marijuana Registry Identification Card (MMRIC).
In 2016, a second act, the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in a package of bills that also expanded the law to allow marijuana-infused products, or “edibles.”
Dispensaries existed in Michigan for years but were subject to raids by police for not following state law. In December 2017, every dispensary in Michigan was shut down, while a new medical marijuana act was taking shape.
MMFLA allows marijuana dispensaries to sell products to anyone with their MMRIC, bypassing the traditional caregiver-to-patient system, said Mount