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    Suspicion-Based Drug Testing Bill Could Be Bad News For Michigan Medical Marijuana Pa

    Suspicion-Based Drug Testing Bill Could Be Bad News For Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients

    Posted by Rick Thompson at 8:44 AM on June 8, 2013 Medical Marijuana Policy Add comments


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    Michigan Public Radio (MPR) reporter Jake Neher broadcast a report on a House bill requiring suspicion-based testing for drug use among welfare recipients.
    Jamie Lowell of the Third Coast Compassion Center in Ypsilanti spoke to Neher about the future of marijuana use among those on public welfare assistance. “We have elderly people and very young people who rely on this assistance and it becomes a very tough choice, particularly when this is the type of medicine or herbal remedy that has proven to be successful for them.”
    Rep. Farrington sponsored the bill that may place patients in jeopardy. “It’s something I am quite honestly not proud of and in fact my intent was quite the opposite,” Farrington said. “I am getting answers from different groups some saying that they’ll be fine since it is a legal substance, other people saying they won’t be fine because it is not covered at a federal level.”
    House Democrats tried several times to get an exemption placed in the bill for medical marijuana patients but those efforts failed, reported Neher. House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel says, “Given that we are talking about Michigan law here we’re passing it as a Michigan law and under Michigan law medical marijuana is not illegal.”
    The state Department of Human Services would be responsible for administering the suspicion-based testing program, but Neher reports that there is no agreement within that Department as to the status of medical marijuana patients within this proposed law.
    The absence of clear language exempting registered patients leaves a ‘grey area’ in the interpretation of the House bill’s language. The medical marijuana community has seen these undefined phrases exploited by overzealous prosecutors and the Attorney General. Neher comments during the broadcast that the only thing that is certain is that lawsuits will be filed if this legislation is passed as written.
    Listen to the broadcast at the link below:
    New bill could be bad news for medical marijuana patients | Michigan Radio
    Source: The Compassion Chronicles


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    well if it come to that ,then strains that are very low in thc and high in cbd like cannatonic #4 ,and cannatonic x would most likely not show up in drug tests , just a suggestion.

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    Just what we need more laws with grey areas. Some patients conditions are just not helped by cbd alone, and this would not be fair to them. Again, the state trying to deny people their medical care. They have tried this same thing in other states without much success, I believe it bombed out in Florida, can't remember exactly why though.

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    The law bombed in Florida because they found out that poor people don't have the money to buy drugs. So their program cost far more to administer than it saved. Basically a give away of tax payer money to drug testing companies.

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