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Senate GOP say they will focus on jobs, marijuana


By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network



State Senate Republicans say they want to work this fall to make Michigan a more attractive place for businesses. Their fall agenda also includes finalizing a ban on a controversial abortion procedure. And as Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, the Senate intends to add rules to the state's medical marijuana law.

A few Senate Republican lawmakers have become passionate and vocal about Michigan's medical marijuana law. They say they are concerned that teenagers are getting medical marijuana cards for small injuries, that too many medical marijuana plants could result in illegal drugs on play grounds, and that people who are high on marijuana could be driven to suicide.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says whatever the effects, the medical marijuana law as approved by voters in 2008 is too vague.

"That amendment was very very loose, and I think what we're trying to do is tighten it up to make sure it goes where it's supposed to go," he says.

Richardville says he thinks the law has gone beyond what voters intended. He says he would not be opposed to asking voters again to clarify on the ballot what parameters they want around the Medical Marijuana Act.

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