Snyder signs bills to clarify state's medical marijuana law

Posted: 5:53 PM, Sep 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-22 07:44:41-04

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a three-bill package intended to clarify the state’s medical marijuana law that was adopted in 2008.

Stakeholders and patient advocacy groups worked on the Legislature. The bills are supported by the National Patient's Rights Association, the Michigan Epilepsy Foundation and Michigan Parents for Compassion.

"This new law will help Michiganders of all ages and with varying medical conditions access safe products to relieve their suffering," Snyder said. "We can finally implement a solid framework that gives patients a safe source from which to purchase and utilize medical marijuana."

The House Bills (4209, 4827 and 4210) will give local governments the ability to regulate the location and number of medical marijuana provisioning centers. They will also allow marijuana-infused products like lotions, and tinctures, for patients who would rather not smoke or consume marijuana.

The Bills also create a “seed-to-sale” tracking system intended to make sure that marijuana being given to patients is tested for safety.