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Michigan Legislature Revisiting Medical Marijuana Laws

Medical Marijuana Laws
Since Michigan Medical Marihuana Act passed in 2008, the state legislature makes it difficult for patients who depend on this treatment to obtain it. If legal roadblocks have affected you, finding it impossible to legally access the medical marijuana that you need, a criminal defense attorney is your best ally in navigating this process effectively.

After the original law passed in 2008, dispensaries selling medibles increased across the state of Michigan. However, in 2013 Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that all forms of non-smokable marijuana is illegal, leaving those who need and use medical marijuana without many options.

Michigan is one of three of 23 states that allow medical marijuana. For now the only legal way for 100,000 state approved users who need medicinal marijuana in Michigan to obtain it is to grow their own or purchase it from a designated caregiver. However, designated caregivers are limited at this time to only having five patients.

Recently, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee began new hearings regarding two medical marijuana bills. The new laws, if passed, will be looking to make both dispensaries and medibles legal possibilities to those who need them in Michigan. These two bills passed last year in the House, but were intentionally held up in the Senate. The opposition claims that users of medical marijuana are just looking to get high and having dispensaries is just legalizing the drug.

If you are an approved user or an owner or potential owner of a dispensary and feel that your rights have been violated, you have come to the right place. The expert criminal defense attorneys in Cass County and surrounding areas at Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC, are here to help. For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact us at 269.982.1100 or visit

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