AlternativeSolutionsPlus Posted September 20, 2012 Report Share Posted September 20, 2012 Walsh: No On Medical Marijuana Re-Do House Judiciary Committee Chair John WALSH (R-Livonia) isn't on board with his counterpart in the Senate on whether voters should get another crack of medical marijuana ballot proposal. Both Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Rick JONES (R-Grand Ledge) and Senate Majority Leader Randy RICHARDVILLE (R-Monroe) support revisiting Proposal 1 of 2008 (See "Should Voters Get Another Hit Of Medical Marijuana," 8/31/12). But when asked if it was a bad idea, Walsh said, "I think so. "Everyone's entitled to their opinion," Walsh said. "The voters have already spoken. Considerable resources were spent and people came to their own conclusions and passed the law." Now he said his task is to clean it up and make it work without taking it back to those same voters. "I think the problem is not the ballot proposal itself. It's the way that it's been enacted," he said. Jones said he believes if the voters took another shot at the issue, the results would be different, but the House Judiciary Chair said to re-open the issue is to open a new can of worms that would include a push by some to legalize marijuana. "You bring in that element of folks," Walsh warned. In fact, Matt ABEL of NORML Michigan suggested this very thing in a conversation with MIRS. He said if voters are faced with the options of either repealing the medical marijuana law or just legalizing the substance, he believes the voters would pick the latter. The Senate is considering medical marijuana reform bills designed to tighten up the law by better defining the patient-doctor physician to prevent just about anyone getting a prescription from fly-by-night outfits. Jones was awaiting a signal from Richardville on when the bills will be debated, but it may not happen until lame duck. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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