Lawmaker Would Allow Marijuana Dispensaries

May 1, 2012

A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a measure to make medical marijuana dispensaries legal in communities that want them.

State Representative Mike Callton has unveiled legislation to legalize dispensaries and allow the facilities to buy growers’ excess amounts of marijuana. He says that would help keep surplus medical marijuana off the black market.

“It also provides for local control," he says.  "Locality can determine if that’s right for their community and if that’s right for their community, how many do they want?”

Right now, the legal status of medical marijuana dispensaries is waiting on a ruling from the state Supreme Court.

Michigan voters approved the state’s medical marijuana law in 2008. The law makes no mention of dispensaries for medical marijuana cardholders.