Committee approves MacDonald bill to improve effectiveness of medical marijuana oversight

Committee approves MacDonald bill to improve effectiveness of medical marijuana oversight

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on Thursday approved Sen. Michael D. MacDonald’s bill to clarify who needs to be investigated for a medical marijuana facilities license.

Under a 2016 state law, anyone with any ownership stake in a medical marijuana business must go through a financial and criminal background check by the state to receive a license. This can and does include entities with over 100 investors holding as little as three-tenths of a share.

“This legislation would provide needed clarity to Michigan’s medical marijuana law and improve the licensing process for everyone involved,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “My bill would streamline the system for both applicants and state regulators — allowing state officials to more effectively and efficiently do their job and protect our families.”

Senate Bill 203 would make changes to the applicant requirements in the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act to only require those with influence over the business to go through the background check process.

“With this change, the state would be able to focus on better oversight of those who have a real operational say or financial interest in a medical marijuana business,” MacDonald said.

The bill would amend the definition of applicant for applications submitted on or after Jan. 1 to include managerial employees and anyone with an ownership interest of more than 10 percent and their spouses.

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