Michigan Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Tax & Regulations
In a contentious vote, the Michigan Senate approved a long-awaited overhaul to the state’s medical marijuana law . Advocates agreed that change was necessary in order to clear up confusion regarding the 2008 voter-approved medical marijuana law .
The bills approved by the Senate require a state operating license, which must be renewed annually, to grow, process, sell, transport or test marijuana used for medical purposes . Approval to set up shop would also be required from the city, township or village in which someone wishes to open a “provisioning center”. Provisioning centers that sell marijuana to patients or their caregivers would pay a 3 percent tax on their gross retail income .
The bills also broaden the definition of “usable marijuana” and “allowable marijuana” to include non-smokable forms such as oils and pills, and food items, known as edibles. The bills establish a maximum THC levels for foods such as suckers, brownies, cookies or chocolates that contain marijuana or marijuana extract .
Republican Sen. Rick Jones supported the package, saying “[what] we have now is totally out of control…caregivers are growing excessive amounts of marijuana…they’re smuggling it in their trunks…it’s totally illegal ”.
If the House approves the new legislation, Michigan will be dealing with a whole new regulatory structure. Final voting by the House could take place as early as next week .
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