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

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6 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.

    • Miggy on

      I only like my gun because someone with bad intentions might use their gun against me on my property even more probable in a gun free zone.

      I don’t like violence any more than you do but the cat is out of the bag and guns will always be here. Humans have been evil since the beginning of time.

      You can either accept it and deal with it or leave yourself vulnerable. Your choice but the above are facts. No utopia exists and there never will be in this present world.

  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 . … ; /

    • 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.

  3. Robert Johnson on

    I guarantee that grant money could have been used towards something more productive. The cannabis industry will provide jobs & a better life for people who see fit. The facts are obvious and have more of a success rate than most “tested” pharmaceuticals. It seems like the federal government needs a phycology lesson and to stop putting the $$$ first.

  4. Sherri J. Cross on

    One of the reason’s I am running for Michigan State Representative 48th District and I am fighting for our rights as Medical Marijuana Patients and Caregivers. If Marijuana is legalized has anyone thought about how it’s going to effect the Patients and caregivers? I have thought about, and that is why I am running for office.

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