+wolfgang Posted August 6, 2011 Report Share Posted August 6, 2011 this info just came to me from someone working closely with Mary Lindemann,the article got cut off though and you have to be signed up to look at the news letter but its real,and hopefully it will be in print soon.these reps dont even know what is in the law if they change it,check out how the reps respond. Future Of Medical Marijuana Package Is Hazy Medical marijuana will be a big topic for the House Judiciary Committee come fall, sources have toldMIRS. A total of eight House bills adding new regulations to the budding medical marijuana business are being looked at by House Judiciary Chair John WALSH (R-Livonia), the rest of the committee and several interested groups. "We're trying to address a host of concerns that have arisen since the medical marijuana act was passed: the enforcement for police, zoning issues for local municipalities, a patient's right to use medical marijuana without fear of being arrested, the relationship between the doctor and patient and so on," Walsh said. Walsh said he expects hearings to begin sometime in late September or early October. In the meantime, he said he plans to start a working group of stakeholders to discuss the best way to go forward with the bills. Walsh has already been talking with Michigan State Police, local officials, Michigan Municipal League, and Cannabis Patients United (CPU). "The more we know and share before the formal process, the better off I think we'll all be. There's a lot of education for all of us," Walsh said. Mary LINDEMANN, CPU government relations director, is one person having conversations with Walsh and others on the committee already. The committee members' main concern seems to be the impact of dispensaries in communities, Lindemann said, emphasizing that CPU is not a dispensary advocate. The two bills most "difficult" for CPU's interests as a representative of caregivers and patients are HB 4850 and HB 4851, Lindemann said. "The others I'm pretty sure we can work out some amicable compromise, and I'm sure we can on these two as well," she said. HB 4850 is "highly discriminatory," Lindemann said, because it would limit patients' ability to transfer medical marijuana to each other. Those patient-to-patient transfers are necessary for some people to have a steady supply, she said. "Rep. Walsh's office really didn't understand they had crafted a bill that would do that. I have no doubt they're perfectly willing to correct that," Lindemann said. Lindemann also said HB 4851, which defines the "bona fide physician-patient relationship," would put patients at risk of losing their right to privacy because it would require medical marijuana specialists to notify primary physicians when making a recommendation for the drug. "We think if you see a doctor for any reason, the same code of conduct should exist," Lindemann said. Other bills in the package address issues such as photos on medical marijuana cards, location of medical marijuana facilities, selling medical marijuana to an unprescribed user, advertising medical marijuana services, branding of marijuana and transporting medical marijuana. "What these bills simply are designed to do is make sure the legitimate patient has an opportunity to receive care," Walsh said. -- Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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