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Medical marijuana bills head to Snyder

September 15, 2016
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A package of medical marijuana bills is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk after being approved by the Michigan House this week.

The bills, which previously passed the Michigan Senate, require that medical marijuana clinics, called provisioning centers in the bills, be licensed and pay sales tax. They also legalize the sale of edibles and oils.

The bills were initially introduced to clear up confusion brought on by the 2008 medical marijuana law, which has been criticized for leaving a lot of legal gray areas for courts to contend with.

If signed into law by the governor, medical marijuana provisioning centers would be legalized in the state and have to create a “seed-to-sale” tracking system.

Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, introduced the bills.

“As a medical professional, I recognize that patients who suffer from some of the worst conditions — epilepsy, cancer, chronic pain — need safe treatment options that give them relief without fear of criminal prosecution,” Callton said.

He called the bills “conservative” and said they “improve local control.”

Callton has said he expects Snyder will sign the bills into law.

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