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Marijuana Licensing bill that would expand who can qualify for a license

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Marijuana Licensing

A bill that would expand who can qualify for a license to participate in Michigan’s medical marijuana industry has passed the state Senate.

The 2016 “Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act” banned individuals convicted of a recent marijuana-related offense from receiving a state license. The bill the senate passed this week would make them eligible.

Democratic state Senator Jeff Irwin says the legislature has slowly been getting rid of similar restrictions on licensing for a broad variety of areas.

“Preventing people from being involved in the field because of a past petty offense is not helpful to our economy. It’s not helpful to their families.” :09

The bill would also allow spouses of some state employees to receive a license.

It passed the Senate with close to full support.