By Steve Elliott
The Michigan House on Thursday passed legislation to allow medical marijuana dispensaries as part of the state's medical marijuana program, as well as a bill allowing the sale of cannabis-infused edibles.
Dispensaries had operated in the state until a Supreme Court ruling in February that allowed county prosecutors to shut the shops down as "public nuisances," reports Jonathan Oosting at Mlive.com.
A bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville) approved Thursday on a 95-14 vote would allow the return of dispensaries -- called "provisioning centers" in the bill -- but would allow cities to ban them.
Dispensaries would be required to provide test results showing the marijuana they sell is free of contaminants. Edibles would have to be "clearly labeled."
House Bill 4271 would also ban on-premises growing or use of marijuana at the shops, and would prevent dispensaries from opening within 1,000 feet of schools.
After getting input from municipalities and law enforcement, Callton said those groups no longer oppose the bill, which he said is a way to improve safe access and patient care.
"If you get your recommendation from a doctor, instead of waiting four to six months for someone to grow plants for you -- and you may be dead by then -- you'll be able to go right away to a provisioning center and get the medicine you need," Callton said on Tuesday.