If you haven’t already asked your legislators to oppose the bills we mentioned in the alert below, today is your last chance. The bills were placed on third reading yesterday, meaning they can be voted on at any time – likely today. Please ask your legislators to amend or oppose these bills which would undermine Michigan’s voter-approved medical marijuana law.
Last week, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee gave its approval to four proposals that would affect Michigan’s medical marijuana law. While the bills are much better in their current form than they were when introduced, there are still serious enough concerns that we oppose HB 4856 and will oppose HB 4834 and HB 4851 if they are not amended. Here’s a complete summary of the four bills in their current form, along with MPP’s view on each.
Of chief concern is a provision that would give law enforcement officials access to registry information without a warrant. That said, it’s worth reiterating that the bills have been improved from their original language. For example, the circumstances in which police can access registry information, while still too broad, have been substantially narrowed. There are also positive developments in these bills, like lengthening the validity of an ID card from one year to two.
These bills still contain provisions that would compromise patients’ rights, so please ask your state legislators to amend or reject the most troubling of the bills. When you’re done, forward this to friends so they can do the same.
From The Marijuana Policy Project