A group of Republicans in the state Senate introduced a package of regulations over the use of medical marijuana Wednesday, restrictions that advocates said would effectively nullify last year’s voter approval of medical pot.
The bills call for marijuana to be classified as a pharmaceutical drug, available only with a doctor’s prescription, and distributed only by licensed pharmacies. The bill also would restrict legal growing to 10 commercial facilities.Under the statute approved by voters, medical marijuana users obtain authorization from physicians and licenses from state health authorities, and are allowed to grow and possess their own pot.
Greg Francisco of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association said the proposed legislation would “eviscerate what the voters approved.
“Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, lead sponsor of the proposed rules, said they are not intended to block the use of medical marijuana but to provide “some sensible standards” over the growth and distribution of the drug.