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December 27, 2016

As you may have heard, Governor Rick Snyder recently signed several pieces of legislation that are poised to shake up medical marijuana in Michigan.  As part of our continuing blog series, Glaza Law will delve into the finer points of the new rules to give patients, caregivers, and cannabis entrepreneurs the information they need.  Throughout this blog series you can use the provided links to delve deeper into some of the referenced rules and relevant case law. 

The new measures address soon-to-be-established medical marijuana facilities, mandate a state-run marijuana tracking system, and enact important changes to the already existing Medical Marihuana Act (MMA).  As a side note, the MMA uses the term ‘marihuana’ instead of ‘marijuana’ — I prefer the term cannabis over either spelling — but I will strive to use the term marijuana throughout this blog series when not quoting the Act directly. 

Effective December 20th of 2016, there are new definitions and amendments to the...

October 27, 2016

As you may have heard, Governor Rick Snyder recently signed several pieces of legislation that are poised to shake up medical marijuana in Michigan.  As part of our continuing blog series, Glaza Law will delve into the finer points of the new rules to give patients, caregivers, and cannabis entrepreneurs the information they need.  Throughout this blog series you can use the provided links to delve deeper into some of the referenced rules and relevant case law. 

The new measures address soon-to-be-established medical marijuana facilities, mandate a state-run marijuana tracking system, and enact important changes to the already existing Medical Marihuana Act (MMA).  As a side note, the MMA uses the term ‘marihuana’ instead of ‘marijuana’ (personally I prefer the term cannabis over either spelling), but I will strive to use the term marijuana throughout this blog series when not quoting the MMA directly. 

The new laws will mean big changes to the medical marijuana lands...

August 3, 2016

Possessing and using marijuana is a serious offense that can carry severe penalties if convicted. Unless you have a legal right to use and possess marijuana, beating the charge can be a long and costly process.

In Michigan, there are two types of marijuana users who can benefit from a section 8 or section 4 affirmative defense under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA). Qualifying patients and patients. Sounds the same, but they are actually very different statuses - each with their own limitations. The MMMA makes a distinction between a “Qualifying Patient” and a “Patient.” A “qualifying patient” is a person who has been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition listed in section 3(b)(1)-(3) and who otherwise meets the requirements of the MMMA.  In plain English, a “qualifying patient” is a person who meets the requirements of the Act and has received their registry card from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MCDH). Al...

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