Senator Whitmer address medical marijuana, court of claims

Nov 12, 2013

Opponents say this measure could be an effort to 'corporatize' marijuana and eventually undo the 2008 referendum.
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For about five years, Michigan’s medical marijuana law has authorized doctor-approved patients either to grow pot or to buy it from state-certified "caregivers." Now, the state legislature is looking at a second approach.

Last week, Republican Senator Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw), a physician, proposed that, in Michigan,  marijuana go from a Schedule 1 drug to a Schedule 2 drug.  That reclassification could lead to medical marijuana becoming available in pharmacies.  Kahn and other supporters say that would better ensure safety.  

East Lansing Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) sits on the Senate Government Services committee with Roger Kahn.  She says Kahn's efforts hinge on the federal government changing marijuana from a schedule 1 drug to a schedule 2 drug, acknowledging that marijuana has a medical purpose.