Michigan Bill Would Ban Medical Marijuana Clubs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Legislation headed for the Michigan House seeks to ban marijuana clubs that have opened since voters approved use of the drug for medical purposes in 2008.

Republican Rep. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge said Thursday he is introducing legislation to ban the clubs because marijuana users shouldn't be encouraged to drive. Jones says it's a safety risk, and people authorized to use marijuana should do so at home.

Marijuana club owners say there's nothing prohibiting them from operating, and they provide an important service. There are pending court cases involving some club owners that could set precedents for how they're allowed to operate.

The House bill would punish violators with up to 90 days in jail.

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  • by Serunna A. Location: Calif., USA on Jan 9, 2013 at 12:58 AM
    It is right and legal to ban the said Medical Marijuana Clubs. The community need to follow acceptable laws regarding pot clubs smoking. Voters in Colorado and Washington state made daring advances in recent elections, as both states decriminalized cannabis use. At least two “pot clubs” have opened up in Colorado but one such pot club, the White Horse Inn, closed after one day of operations.( why certainly not take a look at quickly all of our online site?)
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    A nice hefty tax on MM would prohibit it.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM
    Hey Lacy, many many years ago we had something called proabition. No Bars! Big joke, lasted 10 years and made people like Al Capone famous. Thanks I will stick with legal bars, but we need to do something about the drunk drivers. We do not need pot clubs. How about ciggerette clubs instead?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    At least ppl got to vote on the medical marijuana, unlike the smoking ban..Noboby had a say in that one at all..THIS WAS BIG SISTER GRANHOLM who took it upon herself..(usually thats called dictatorship) they do it alot in socialist countries..when one person in govt says what s gonna happen and it does.. The taxpayers didnt have a say one way or another..and were voters.
  • by Mike Location: Charlotte on Aug 20, 2010 at 04:00 PM
    Huh! Once a COP always a Cop! Go figure......
  • by lacy on Aug 20, 2010 at 02:30 PM
    Why Do we even Bother to VOTE anymore....I do not think there should be pot clubs , but I also do not think there should be BARS who allow people to get drunk and drive. The whole system is backwards and onesided! I give up and Quit Voting period! You all stink to high Heaven...
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    The key word here is Medical Marijuana, if you are so sick and in so much pain that you need to use Marijuana, then you are way to sick to go to a club, and socialize while you are sitting there getting stoned. A club is usally where you go to socialize. Sorry, but while the use of Marijuana for medical reasons may be valid for some people this club business makes me think of a bunch of pot heads who all of a sudden have a medical condition to use it and lets go to the club. Dr Feel Good was around 40 years ago, and he exists today. There are Doctors who would write a prescription for anything. I repeat if you are sick enough to need it, than use it at home, you do not need clubs. Also I don't like the idea of a bunch of stoned people driving, it's no better than being stone drunk.
  • by Robert Location: Jackson on Aug 20, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    How much more time and money can be wasted on B.S. we voted it's done stop.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM
    Any medication that can impede the motor skill of someone should be restricted to home use or to the hospital. We should make alcohol a medication.
  • by sue on Aug 20, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    I agree that driving while drinking should not be encouraged, and yet we allow bars- but we don't need to make the problem worse by adding potsmokers to the problem, thereby increasing the number of "high" drivers on the road
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