(WLNS) – Seven years after Michigan voters approved the use of medical marijuana, state lawmakers are still trying to regulate where a user can purchase marijuana. A renewed effort at the state capitol today on that front and with the story, 6 News Capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.
Just after the medical marijuana law was adopted, Lansing was ground zero for the dispensary problem that lawmakers are still trying to solve today.
The Lansing mayor and others shut some of them down because Mr. Bernero argued, it was out of control.
After last year’s legislature failed to regulate where the dispensaries should go, bi-partisan legislation is being reintroduced as lawmakers make another crack at this issue.
According to one of the sponsors, State Representative Mike Callton, giving local governments the right to veto dispensaries is key to this issue. “This, if it’s not right for your community will give that community to ban the dispensaries.”
Reporter: “So where do the card holders go?”
Rep. Callton: “Given the popularity of this law, you should not have to drive more than an hour from where you are.”
The Lansing police chief Mike Yankowski wants clarity so that when his officers enforce the law, there are no questions about it with the goal being protecting the public. “So we can keep our community safe and this will give us the tools to do it.”
Reporter: “The last thing you want is crime coming into these neighborhoods.”
Chief Yankowski: “Well, absolutely.”
The dispensary legislation would also control the quality of the drugs being dispensed.
Reporter: “Do you think some are at risk?”
James Tate: “Yes. some of the marijuana may have mold, or other problems and this is one way to protect those whose at risk.”
One potential road block to this proposal is the new Senate GOP leader who did not like the last medical marijuana bill..he is looking at using drug stores to dispense the drug.
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