A series of bills currently under consideration in the Michigan legislature will lead to massive changes for medical cannabis providers in the state.
The proposals have touched a nerve with advocates and consumers of medicinal cannabis in Wolverine State, some of whom are It said “Boycott Major Cannabis Producers Supporting Legislation.”
The result of all the bills is that it will drastically limit the amount of marijuana a caregiver can grow, reducing the number of cannabis plants from 72 to 24.
The sponsor of the legislation — submitted under House Bills 5300, 5301 and 5302 — is House Republican Representative Jim Lilly, who maintains that the proposals revolve around ensuring product quality for Michigan medical cannabis patients.
“Two-thirds of the Michigan cannabis market right now is unregulated, so what that means is that the majority of this product cannot be tested,” Lilly said. According to local TV station WOOD TV. “So for cancer patients, those with compromised immunity, access to a safe product is really important. Some of this untested product has been found to contain mold, pesticides, E. coli, and salmonella.”
“New York has just done some of this work and they’ve done about 12 plants for six patients, compared to what I suggested at 24, but our current law allows 72 plants, which for anyone who grows or grows cannabis knows they can consume more than six patients.” added.
But Casey Kornoelje, founder of Farm House Wellness, a Michigan supplier of cannabis, said the station That the legislation could eventually reduce the amount he can dispense with for his wife, who lives with Crohn’s disease. (Kornoelje works as a caregiver for his wife, at the station.)
“You probably don’t harvest 72 plants in one shot. In order for these caregivers to provide a steady flow of cannabis to their patients, they are likely to break that down into different parts — some in the early seedling stage, some in the vegetative stage, and then some in the flower stage. And so, When you break that apart, there is really no overestimating the plant as people think,” said Cornwelge, As quoted by WOOD TV.
Michigan voters legalized medicinal cannabis treatment in 2008. Ten years later, those voters did the same to use recreational utensils.
Patients in Michigan may be eligible for a prescription for marijuana if they have One of the following conditionsCancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s agitation, nail-patella syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury Colitis, IBD, ulcerative colitis, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s disease, autism, chronic pain and cerebral palsy.
It was night legislation first introduced In September, it was met with almost immediate resistance. A day after the bills were proposed, advocates and caregivers staged a protest outside the State Capitol in Lansing. The group that organized the protest was dedicated to the Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association (MCMA), which lobbied to limit the amount that caregivers can give to their patients.
“Cannabis consumers in Michigan angrily criticized; boycott of MCMA products and its affiliates led to the resignation of its chairman, removal of any reference to individual members on their website, election of a new chairman to clean up their public relations and revocation of orders from MCMA companies by retailers,” Read Press release for the demonstration.
The MCMA responded by saying that the vast majority of cannabis sales in Michigan occur outside the state’s regulated market, and that the legislation is designed to mitigate that.