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Sen. MacDonald bill to be sent to governor

Measure would improve effectiveness of medical marijuana oversight

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald’s medical marijuana facilities oversight clarification bill will soon be on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed.

Under a 2016 state law, anyone with any ownership stake in a medical marijuana business must go through a financial and criminal background check by the state to receive a license.

“The goal of this reform is to provide additional clarity to the state’s medical marijuana law and improve the licensing process for everyone involved,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “My bill will enable state regulators to more effectively and efficiently do their job and protect Michigan families, and I look forward to hopefully seeing the governor sign the bill into law.”

Senate Bill 203 would make changes to the applicant requirements in the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act to require those with influence over the business to go through the background check process.

“By allowing the state to focus more on its oversight of those who have a financial interest or operational say in a medical marijuana business, we can improve state regulation and also save taxpayer dollars,” MacDonald said.

The bill would also amend the definition of applicant for applications submitted on or after Jan. 1 to include managerial employees and their spouses.

SB 203 was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday. It will now be enrolled by the Senate and presented to the governor.