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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Bills would legalize medical pot centers, drug alternatives

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Confusion surrounding the legality of marijuana dispensaries and non-smokable forms of the drug are prompting lawmakers to propose changes to Michigan's 5-year-old law that legalized marijuana for medical use.

Bipartisan legislation would allow for "provisioning centers" where patients with a state-issued medical marijuana card could obtain marijuana.
  Advocates say the bill is needed so patients have safe access to marijuana besides just through a licensed caregiver.

  Some municipalities have let dispensaries continue to operate while others haven't after a state Supreme Court ruling.

  Another bill would authorize non-smokable marijuana such as oils, food items and pills.

  Similar legislation died last year because of public safety objections from law enforcement.

  Michigan has 165,000 residents allowed to use marijuana to treat cancer and other illnesses and nearly 32,000 licensed caregivers.

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