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Tue June 28, 2011
Republicans say tougher medical marijuana regulations needed
Republicans in Michigan say there need to be more regulations surrounding the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
They say dispensaries, growers and many doctors are taking the law too far.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette stood next to a map of the greater Lansing area, with 84 pushpins marking locations of medical marijuana dispensaries. He says new proposed regulations would shut down most if not all of those locations.
“No more marijuana farms. No more collective grow ops. It violates that law – making that very clear.”
Schuette says most caregivers and dispensaries undermine the needs of terminally ill patients who need marijuana treatment by pushing the limits of the law. Legislation proposed by lawmakers in the House and Senate would further regulate who could grow medicinal pot, where it could be grown, and how it could be distributed.
They say they have not worked with the medical marijuana community to help craft the proposals yet, but they hope to get that input over the summer.