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2015 House Bill 4209: Impose licensure, regulation on medical marijuana industry

Public Act 281 of 2016

Introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on February 17, 2015
To impose a licensure mandate and authorize a comprehensive regulatory regime for medical marijuana growers, transporters, dispensaries and more, with civil and criminal penalties for violations. Also, to impose an 8 percent tax on retail sales. The provisions of the state's voter-authorized medical marijuana law, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, were ambiguous on dispensaries, and in 2013 the state Supreme Court declared the law does not authorize them. The bill would authorize them, but let local governments choose to ban them.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on February 17, 2015
Reported in the House on September 22, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on October 7, 2015
To also authorize regulations that ban edible marijuana products whose shapes appeal to minors.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 7, 2015
Passed 95 to 11 in the House on October 7, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To impose a licensure mandate and authorize a comprehensive regulatory regime for medical marijuana growers, transporters, dispensaries and more, with civil and criminal penalties for violations. This would be modeled on the state's "three tier" alcohol distribution regime, which has been criticized for empowering anti-competitive regional distribution monopolies. Also, to impose a 3 percent tax on retail sales. The provisions of the state's voter-authorized medical marijuana law, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, were ambiguous on dispensaries, and in 2013 the state Supreme Court declared the law does not authorize them. The bill would authorize them, but let local governments choose to ban them.
Received in the Senate on October 8, 2015
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 8, 2015
Amendment offered in the Senate on September 8, 2016
To revise details of the division of the money from the proposed tax.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 8, 2016
Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on September 8, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To impose a licensure mandate and authorize a comprehensive regulatory regime for medical marijuana growers, transporters, dispensaries and more, with civil and criminal penalties for violations. Also, to impose a 3 percent tax on retail sales. The provisions of the state's voter-authorized medical marijuana law, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, were ambiguous on dispensaries, and in 2013 the state Supreme Court declared the law does not authorize them. The bill would authorize them, but let local governments choose to ban them.
Received in the House on September 8, 2016
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on September 21, 2016

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