In 2008 Michigan was the 13th state to pass Medical Marijuana Legislation. Since then 28 states have adapted medical cannabis laws and Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Massachusetts, Nevada and Washington State now allow cannabis for recreational use. Over the past eight years, Michigan has grown to be one of the most influential states in the medical cannabis marketplace with over 200,000 state approved cardholders.
With the new laws that took effect December 20, 2016 not only will patients and caregivers feel the impact but whole communities will be impacted as well. As a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit founded by patients, My Compassion understands the importance of understanding the laws and abiding by them. With the passing of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, we witnessed law-abiding citizens facing charges for cannabis violations, resulting from not understanding the laws, new regulations and court rulings.
Through our countless interactions with the public, we found that people do not commonly read laws, at least not thoroughly and the “gray areas” of the MMMA so many drew upon, complicated things more. As a solution in 2012, My Compassion compiled the necessary information and published Vol I of The Guide to Understanding the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.
For the past, several years there has been pressure placed on the Michigan House and Senate by local cannabis businesses to pass legislation allowing for commercial dispensing and cultivation. In 2016 their influence paid off when House Bill 4209 passed and became law. At the same time, House Bill 4210 which allows for the use of extracts, also took effect and if you’re not paying attention to the details, it could cost you!
With the onslaught of new legislation registered Patients and Caregivers are once again scrambling for answers. Vol II is an excellent compilation of the newest laws, court rulings, legal opinions and important articles intended to increase awareness and understanding. Education is the Key to any successful medical marijuana program and in Michigan, we are fortunate to have the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. So, be informed, play by the rules and stay safe!