Senate passes Sen. MacDonald’s first bill

Measure would improve effectiveness of medical marijuana oversight

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald had his first bill passed by the Michigan Senate on Thursday. The legislation would clarify who needs to be investigated for a medical marijuana facilities license.

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.

“I want to thank my Senate colleagues for approving this reform to provide needed clarity to Michigan’s medical marijuana law and improve the licensing process for everyone involved,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “If signed into law, my bill would enable state regulators to more effectively and efficiently do their job and protect Michigan families.”

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.

“The purpose of this reform is to allow the state to focus on more on its oversight of those who have a financial interest or operational say in a medical marijuana business,” MacDonald said. “As a result, we can improve medical marijuana regulation and also save taxpayer dollars.”

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 has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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