At left, Shelly Edgerton, director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, presents “Michigan Medical Marihuana 101” in the West Science Facility at Northern Michigan University on Wednesday. Edgerton talked about medical cannabis in the state and related issues. (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)
Shelly Edgerton, director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, presented “Michigan Medical Marihuana101” at Northern Michigan University Wednesday, although she prefers the term cannabis.
“We shouldn’t even say marihuana,” Edgerton said. “Marihuana is really a slang word.”
By the way, the word originally was spelled with an “h” in the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, although “marijuana” also is acceptable.
LARA oversees the state’s medical cannabis regulations.
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program is a state-registry program within the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation at LARA. MMMP administers the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, which voters approved in 2008. That legislation allows qualified patients and registered caregivers to use cannabis for specified medical conditions.
In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed and Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law three bills that create a licensing and regulatory framework for medical cannabis.
One of them, House Bill 4209, licenses and regulates the five license types: medical cannabis growers, processors, secure transporters, safety compliance facilities and provisioning centers, which commonly were called dispensaries.
“With that is where we now have the new framework, the new regime of how we’re going to deal with the industry going forward,” Edgerton said.
Edgerton gave an overview of medical cannabis in Michigan.
“Michigan probably has one of the largest growing patient populations compared to California,” Edgerton said. “So, you think about that. California’s population, Michigan’s population — we’re at close to 300,000 patients.”
And Michigan’s growing past that, she said.
The Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act requires the setting of application