With the city considering adoption of a medical marijuana ordinance, one state senator wants to make sure the community is well-informed about the issue.
State Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) will host Medical Marijuana Town Hall meeting to talk about the rights and regulations available to local communities under Michigan’s new medical marijuana laws.
“Many years ago, Michigan voters approved the compassionate use of medical marijuana; unfortunately in the years after the vote, the legislature failed to enact any sort of rules and regulations surrounding dispensaries, growth, production and transport of the product,” Knezek said. “In the last few years, there has developed a real Wild West mentality when it comes to medical marijuana facilities operating in the state. I identified that as a real problem when I first came into office, and my colleagues and I have started looking into developing rules and regulations while making sure patients have access to medication.”
Last year, a law was passed to regulate and tax the medical marijuana industry as well as establish five licensing categories for growers, dispensaries, transporters, testing facilities and processors.
A panel of experts in the law, regulation, and patients rights areas will discuss the laws at the town hall. The informational session will be just that, Knezek said, not a forum to debate the controversial issue.
“I’m not hosting a debate on whether or not you think it’s good or bad or if you do or don’t want it in the community,” Knezek said. “It will be the City Council that decides what comes to Dearborn Heights and how much; what I want to do is bring in experts in the legal field, regulatory departments at the state level and patient representatives.
“I simply want to let folks know what control they do have as a community