New cannabis group vows to advocate
A recently formed assembly of the marijuana advocates consisting of both medicinal and recreational users emerged on Tuesday to support the state’s promising trade.
According to the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association (MCIA), this group that is recently formed comprises of various farmers growing marijuana, transport companies, testing labs, lawmakers, processors, medical marijuana patients and all those behind the ballot initiative named Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.
The MCIA has started to act in a similar way to other trade associations and would be focusing on supporting rational laws and regulations along with excellent trading practices in the industry among the members. Moreover, the group will also offer group insurance discounts..
Robin Schneider, an Executive Director stated that currently, the biggest concern of the association is to address the shortage of medical marijuana to all the patients throughout the state. This was after all the several centers were mandatorily closed at the end of the year 2018 because of regulatory issues with the state soon after short-term functioning permits were revoked.
The State’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs division (LARA), works for supporting and accepting the licenses for all medicinal marijuana centers that might consume some time. This process was however long that sparked the emergency rules while enabling extensions for centers functioning in good faith when simultaneously the licensed practice continued.
Almost no access was left to introduce medicine for the patients. Even the shelves at the member’s facilities were empty. Schneider shared that the solution had to be set up in place without any delay that enabled patients to have access to their medicines..
In the meanwhile, another group of medical marijuana advocates had sent a letter to the Attorney General Dana Nessel and Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer on Monday to urge them for initiating some action. According to the report, the numbers of medical marijuana distribution centers have drastically dropped down from 115 to 42.
The letter highlighted, although those centers were only permitted to operate on a temporary basis because they seemed to have applied without any delay, they were yet aggressively involved in the process of licensure.
The letter was signed by the MI Legalize Board of Directors, Michigan Democratic Party Cannabis Caucus, and MI-NORML. Whitmer was requested to involve 2 executive directives. One directive was to proceed with the policies that permitted provisioning centers to obtain cannabis for caregivers and another directive to sanction the centers to function until their applications are either approved or discarded.
The MCIA has stated to further focus on the expansion and progress of “fair rules and regulations” for the state’s newly approved recreational marijuana trade and would also promote impartial involvement in this industry. The voters have overwhelmingly permitted ‘Proposal 1’ in 2018. However, according to Schneider, a lot of details are required to be worked out.