Ban placed on medical marijuana dispensaries – Fenton Tri County Times

Argentine Twp. — The Argentine Township Board of Trustees approved a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in a 5-0 vote on Monday.

 This moratorium prohibits any medical marijuana dispensary from coming to Argentine Township.

 However, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act already prohibits state-licensed dispensaries.

 Supervisor Bob Cole said he sees this as a six-time redundancy. Cole asked the township’s attorney, David Lattie, to clarify what they were voting on.

 “Is there anywhere in the medical marijuana act that allows for a dispensary to exist in today’s’ world?” Cole asked.

 “No,” Lattie said.

 “So we’re going to adopt a resolution to stop something that the state doesn’t allow?” Cole said.

 “Yes, that’s correct,” Lattie replied.

 The reason for the moratorium is loose wording in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act that was passed in 2008. Lattie said there is a gap in the transaction between the caregiver and the patient.

Michigan law defines the caregiver as “a person who is at least 21 years old and who has agreed to assist with a patient’s medical use of marihuana.”

 A patient is defined as “a person who has been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition,” according to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

 Lattie said the wording defining the relationship between caregiver and patient is loose. This has allowed many Michigan dispensaries to operate in bigger cities despite the act.

 For example, a few dispensaries in Lansing have claimed that they are a caregiver to the customers, and they only sell to people who have a medical marijuana card, according to a Detroit Free Press article.  

 The moratorium approved by the Argentine Township prohibits dispensaries in the township, and states that the township board will study the existing federal law and will consider the possible regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries.

 Michigan voters, however, could have the opportunity to vote to legalize recreational marijuana in the 2016 November election if the Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative receives enough signatures to be placed on the ballot.

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