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Attorney general wants medical marijuana law changes

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

State Attorney General Bill Schuette is backing proposed changes to Michigan’s voter-enacted medical marijuana law. He says it’s been “hijacked” by people trying to make money, rather than offering relief to people facing terminal disease or a painful chronic illness.

Schuette says the result of a poorly written ballot initiative is the proliferation of shops that make a business of selling marijuana to people with easy-to-acquire medical cards.

“And people say, 'I voted for this law, but I did not vote to have pot shops across from my church or my schools.' People say, 'I voted for this law, but I did not vote for marijuana farms to have pot as Michigan’s biggest cash crop.'”

Law enforcement officials say there is a growing problem with people driving under the influence of marijuana, and break-ins and assaults at dispensaries.

The proposed changes include sanctions for doctors who prescribe marijuana to people who don’t have a real medical condition; banning dispensaries near schools and churches; and requiring photograph on medical marijuana cards. 


Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.