Time Has Run Out To Make A Change During Lame-Duck Session
The State Senate announced that they will not be meeting after December 2nd. This put a tight deadline on the legislation that the Medical Marijuana Legislative Action Committee
I sit on prepared to submit during the lame-duck session. Constitutionally, new legislation has to be available for review by State legislators for a certain amount of days in order for any action to be taken.
Given the time restraints and the large number of complex issues that need to be addressed in the poorly written Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, the decision was made to address the most important, yet least complex issues in the legislation to be submitted. Some of these issues are confidentiality, police access to records, and the length of time it is taking in the certification process at the State level.
Other issues, specifically marijuana related businesses, are so complex that the Committee is hopeful that the State will form a State mandated commission in 2011, to work out the questions we all have.
This Legislative Action Committee is comprised of representatives from all sides of the medical marijuana issue. Some committee members include representatives from the Attorney General’s Office, the State Police, County representatives, the Department of Labor and Economic Growth, activists, lawyers, and business consultants. One thing everyone can agree on is the law is unclear.
No matter what your thoughts are on Medical Marijuana, unclarity in the law hurts everyone involved.