Is There Change in Sight For Medical Marijuana in Michigan?
It appears that medical marijuana, despite being legal since 2008, has continued to decrease in favor and popularity among law makers and authorities in Michigan. Recently there have been dispensary raids all over Michigan including Detroit , Northern Michigan , and Lansing .
Last year’s House Bills that aimed to amend the Medical Marijuana Act to include a new dispensary framework and to include edibles back into the category of usable marijuana have stalled in the Senate. While it appeared that these bills were to come up for a vote at the beginning of 2016, now it seems that they have been intentionally shoved back onto the legislative back burner. We are currently waiting for a new crop of bills to be voted on, but it is unclear when they may make it to the floor.
Additionally, last years attempts to get marijuana legalization on the ballot similarly fizzled out when the required amount of signatures could not be collected. There is hope that one of the few petitions circulating will land on the ballot, but it is too early to tell.
So where does that leave medical marijuana in Michigan? It seems that there is a strong support from many citizens in Michigan for the Act. It appears that since 2012 applications for Medical Marijuana cards have increased.  Moreover, there continues to be wide discussion about following states such as Colorado and Oregon in the march toward broad legalization or decriminalizing of the plant. Tax revenues and other benefits seem especially attractive in the midst of Michigan’s continuing budgetary woes and continued infrastructure disasters.
Notwithstanding these discussions something strange is continuing. Normal people, established businesses, and everyday MMA patients continue to get arrested, raided, and hassled as if change will never come. Police and certain lawmakers are doubling down and targeting individuals that should never be seen as criminals in the eyes of our society. Our state could be in the midst of a sea change regarding how marijuana and or medical marijuana is treated by the courts and the police; however, it seems that it is business as usual. We have been hearing for the last couple of years that change will come to Michigan. Right now all we see are arrests.