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Michigan still hasn't figured out how to get marijuana into the hands of registered patients

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says opportunists have hijacked the state's medical marijuana industry.

Medical marijuana is legal in Michigan. Voters overwhelmingly said "yes" to that in 2008.

But more than five years later, our state still hasn't figured out how best to get the cannabis into the hands of the more than 100,000 people who are registered as medical marijuana users.

In Mid-December, two bills were passed by the State House that made it easier for patients to buy medicinal cannabis. House Bill 5104 would permit manufacture and sale of non-smoking forms of medical marijuana – capsules, oil, brownies – which would help patients who have a hard time smoking the weed.

And House Bill 4271 would allow communities to decide whether they want dispensaries in their towns. Both bills cleared the House with strong bipartisan support. And then, it was on to the state Senate, where the reception has been much less enthusiastic.