Pot Protests Over Michigan's Restrictive Medical Marijuana Bills

 Today, over 150 medical marijuana supporters gathered at the Michigan state capitol to protest a number of medical marijuana bills that would restrict access and tighten 

The Huffington Post explainshow these bills limit medical marijuana access to patients:

HB 4834 would require Michigan Marijuana patients to have photo ID on their registry identification card, make the card valid for two years and privatize parts of the registration process. It would aslo allow law enforcement access to information about patients on the registry.

HB 4851 would offer stricter guidelines for the "bona fide physician-patient relationship" as it relates to medical marijuana use, including requiring an in-person physical examination of patients.

HB 4853 would put the penalty for selling marijuana without a proper registry identification card within the sentencing guidelines for a two-year felony.

And HB 4856 would criminalize the transportation of medical marijuana in a motor vehicle under certain conditions.

Mlive reported how patients feel about the proposed legislation. Mary Robbins, 52, told MLive that her doctor is “terrified” to recommend medical marijuana for her back pain.  “The patients should control their own lives and their own medication,” she said.

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association also sent a letter to state representatives about the restrictive set of bills, calling it a "needless infringement on patient privacy and rights"

Read more about the activists' pushback against the anti-medical marijuana efforts here.

AlterNet / By Angela Lee

Posted at April 24, 2012, 11:38am

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