Michigan agencies increase medical marijuana enforcement

Law-enforcement agencies across Michigan are using excess state revenue from medical marijuana patient and caregiver fees to boost enforcement efforts as the state prepares to license dispensaries and cannabis businesses in certain communities under a new regulatory system.

Michigan’s 2008 medical marijuana law allows patients and caregivers to grow a limited amount of the plant.

The law didn’t anticipate the influx of marijuana businesses that surfaced.

The state will begin licensing and regulating those operations this year.

A new legislative report says agencies in more than 50 counties received a combined $1.8 million in MMJ enforcement grants from the state in 2017, more than twice the amount that was given out the previous year, The Detroit News reported.

The money was used to pay overtime, fund house raids and purchase vehicles, surveillance equipment, firearms, stun guns and tactical gear.

The marijuana registry fund has more than $34 million, according to David Harns, spokesman for the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Licensing. Most patients are charged a $60 fee for a two-year license.

– Associated Press

3 comments on “Michigan agencies increase medical marijuana enforcement
  1. johnny on

    Boy the U.S. sure likes their guns and POWER so might as well use it wherever they can, makes the cops look like they are earning their oats.

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  2. Pamela Tine on

    It’s just so asinine when it is apparent to anyone with a working brain that law enforcement is so full of itself that they try to outfit their departments like they are the military. I am so sick of society turning a blind eye to the over reach of most law enforcement agencies . … ; /

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    • Curt James on

      Too much bureaucratic regulation, too much law enforcement overkill. For what? To protect us from a natural substance that has beneficial qualities? It these people we need protection from.

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