State Rep. Mike Shirkey today announced that a recent ongoing court case regarding the various forms medical marijuana can take has prompted him to join with state Rep. Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake, and other colleagues in introducing legislation to address the matter.
A recent case before the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that baked goods and other foods containing certain marijuana ingredients were technically not “useable marijuana” under the medical marijuana law, leading to concerns that people could be arrested for using foodstuffs containing marijuana. Current law indicates that when marijuana is added to such goods that it creates a “marijuana mixture,” the entire weight of which is interpreted by some law enforcement personnel as being marijuana, putting users in violation of the law.
“People have differing views on medical marijuana, but I think everyone can agree there is no reason to force users to smoke as the only way to get their medicine,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “People have asthma; people have cancer; people want to keep others away from second-hand smoke.”
House Bill 5104 makes definitional changes to make sure authorized users can still transport and use edible forms of marijuana for approved medical purposes without fear of reprisal. The bill now goes to a House committee for review.
“This is an important option not just for them but for their family members and others around them,” Shirkey said. “I can’t think of any other circumstance where we would force people to do something as unhealthy as to smoke medicine, and I hope the bill can get quick review.”