MEDIA ALERT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michigan Senate Rushes To Create Marijuana Sales Through Big-Box Pharmacies
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville wants to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule 2 drug under new proposal; deletes over 95% of 2012 legislation that outlawed K2, Spice, bath salts
November 4, 2013
Lansing, MI – The Michigan chapter of the national organization Americans for Safe Access is issuing a media alert for Tuesday, November 5th.
The Senate Government Operations Committee will be conducting a first reading of SB 660. The bill was introduced Thursday, October 31, and would create a system of large, commercial marijuana factories whose end product would be distributed through CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and other pharmacies in Michigan. The pharmacists could distribute the cannabis if Richardville’s plan to reschedule the drug goes through.
The bill also reduces 127 lines of legislation created to outlaw the manufacture and sale of K2 and Spice down to just 3 lines. SB 660 would allow synthetic forms of cannabis to be sold again in Michigan by creating an exception to Public Act 183, signed into law by Governor RickSnyder in 2012.
The bill is dependent upon authorization by a federal agency. “The message from US Attorney General Eric Holder has been that states can have their own systems, as Washington and Colorado do,” said Jamie Lowell, Chairman of the Michigan ASA chapter.
“If they didn’t think they had the authority to move forward with this scheme, why would they fast-track the legislation?” asked Rick Thompson, PR Director for the Michigan ASA chapter. Prairie Plant Systems of Canada has been pushing this bill for years, Thompson commented.
The Committee meeting’s agenda was not posted until afternoon on Monday, November 4th. The Committee meets at 1pm on November 5th, Rooms 402 and 403, Capitol Building, Lansing.
View the Committee schedule and agenda HERE
Jamie Lowell, Chairman, Americans for Safe Access- Michigan
Rick Thompson, Public Relations Director, Americans for Safe Access- Michigan