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Snyder looks favorably on “concept” of new marijuana rules

File photo of Gov. Rick Snyder speaking in Grand Rapids in 2016.
Hilary Farrell

Governor Rick Snyder says he hasn’t decided whether to sign new medical marijuana regulations that were adopted this week by the Legislature, but he strongly favors the concept.

The bills would allow dispensaries, but require them to be licensed and pay sales and excise taxes.

Local governments could set rules on where dispensaries can locate, and their hours of operation.

The sale of lotions, oils, drinks, and foods laced with marijuana and marijuana extracts would be allowed. And the state would set up a seeds-to-sale tracking system.

Governor Snyder says he’s still reviewing the Legislature’s work, but he agrees something needs to be done to control what’s become a growing medical marijuana industry.

“In some ways it’s existing in a number of places in Michigan already,” he said. “This, hopefully, could create a framework to do it in a more regulated, safe, and managed fashion.

“I need to make a review of the legislation, just like I do on every bill. But, conceptually, I appreciate the legislators’ work. A lot of input when into this process, and so I’m looking forward to the review process.”

The governor has 14 days to decide once the bills are officially delivered to his office.

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