LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Two Michigan legislators are proposing new laws meant to regulate how patients — particularly minors and the elderly — take medical marijuana.
State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, says the laws aren’t about whether you think the state should allow medical use of marijuana– that issue has already been decided by the voters. Now, she says, lawmakers have to “ensure safe access to medicinal marijuana to patients.”
Posthumus Lyons and Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, are introducing legislation that would change medical marijuana dispensing. Callton’s bill would transition dispensaries into clean, regulated “provisioning centers.” Posthumus Lyons’ bill would allow dispensaries to legally sell medical marijuana in other forms like pills or liquid drops so patients can avoid inhaling it.
“Right now, we have no alternative for patients other than smoking medicinal marijuana, and that may not be the most healthful or effective method, especially for children,” Posthumus Lyons said.
Michigan’s existing medical marijuana law allows minors to use the drug with some provisions.
The form in which pot is distributed has been a sticking point since medical marijuana was OK’ed in Michigan in 2008. Dispensaries have been busted for selling marijuana in foods. The fear from local communities has been that pot brownies and pot candies may be more attractive to kids.
Posthumus Lyons says that’s part of the problem with medical marijuana law in our state: Many still view it as a criminal activity.
“These people should not be subject to prosecution,” Posthumus Lyons said. “They’re not criminals, they’re patients.”
Posthumus Lyons’ bill is similar to one of a series of bills introduced last session that didn’t gain traction in the legislature. She is hoping to have better luck this round.