Future of medical marijuana bills uncertain after clearing state Senate panel

11602888-medical-marijuana-stampTwo bills that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan are one step closer to becoming law, a state Senate panel approved the legislation today (Wed.).
The bills would let communities decide to allow and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. They would also allow patients to use edible and other non-smokable forms of cannabis.

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville voted for the bills in committee. But he says he still has concerns – and would not vote for them in their current form on the Senate floor.

“No. I think they need some more work. And I’m willing to do that work,” said Richardville.

Richardville wants to add protections to make sure marijuana doesn’t fall into the hands of children. He hopes to call a vote by the full Senate by September.