State lets landlords bar medical marijuana in residences
LANSING — Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that lets landlords prohibit medical marijuana patients from growing or smoking the drug on leased residential property.
The law enacted last month adds another exception to a 2008 voter-approved law that legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
That law already does not require insurers to reimburse people for medical marijuana, nor does it mandate that employers accommodate employees' use of the drug for medical purposes.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, said two rental homes in his district were destroyed after they were "turned into greenhouses to grow marijuana without permission."
He said growing marijuana for medical purposes "doesn't trump safety or private property rights."
Jones said the law codifies a 2011 state attorney general opinion.