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Does Having Pot & Selling Booze Mix?


The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) today at their quarterly meeting today discussed a possible intersection between medical marijuana and the state's liquor code.


For Chair and MLCC Director Andy DELONEY the confusion came to light when an applicant for a liquor license who was also a card-carrying medical marijuana patient asked if he was allowed to have the drug on him while at work.


"I remember us as commissioners in that hearing were asking questions about 'is this legal? We don't know,'" said Deloney.


He said much of that could be attributed to Proposal 1 of 2008 itself, which left a lot of grey area.


"It is a very sloppily written proposal . . . there are so many questions," said Deloney.


Part of the problem, said Commissioner Colleen POBUR, is that establishments are being told different things by different groups, some of which do not have pure agendas.


"There are entities in the state that are misleading licensees," said Pobur.


Rick THOMPSON of Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine said that it's already clear that unless there's a federal law against having marijuana and operating a liquor establishment, the state marijuana law should override any other state statute. He chalked this question up to discrimination, saying no patient should have their ability to start a business hampered.


Deloney said that he knows Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE isn't ignoring the "murky" medical marijuana law.


"Obviously we know the Attorney General is really strongly working on this medical marijuana issue . . . so we hope that some of these issues get clarified for us real soon so that we as a commission can make decisions," said Deloney.


Thompson said that Schuette had done quite a lot to the medical marijuana law already, most of which has not benefited medical marijuana patients or dispensaries.


"I would not look forward to any additional opinions issued by the Attorney General," said Thompson.








"I would not look forward to any additional opinions issued by the Attorney General."


- Rick THOMPSON, a medical marijuana advocate, understating his enthusiasm about the prospects of Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE weighing into the subject of whether a person with a liquor license should be allowed to possess medical marijuana. The subject came up at today's Liquor Control Commission meeting.



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