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Time Running Out For Medical Marijuana Bills In State Legislature


Supporters of legislation to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan say it’s not likely to pass in 2014.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

Multiple sources say the votes are not there to pass the bill on the last night of lawmakers’ “lame duck” session. They say they’re not confident about their chances with the new, more conservative Legislature starting in January.

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says his views changed dramatically about the bill over the course of this year.

“I watched the testimony and I watched the parents… and the people that have been affected, and believe in what they’re doing,” he says.

Law enforcement groups have put forth a big effort to stop the bill in recent days.

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
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