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Medical Marijuana Home Delivery under Consideration in Michigan

Under a proposed set of rules Michigan officials are considering, medical marijuana patients could soon have their medicine delivered to their homes. Home delivery of medical marijuana has only been possible in Michigan if a patient had a relationship with a caregiver.

Under these new rules, provisioning centers could send out an employee to deliver products to patients directly in a transaction as simple as ordering a pizza or Chinese food. Marijuana home deliveries are allowed in Oregon, California and Nevada — though their programs are not all universal. Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Washington D.C. do not allow for home delivery. Under the proposed rules in Michigan, medical patients could order online and pay online for home deliveries. According to the proposed rules, provisioning centers would be allowed to staff one person to make home deliveries, who could only deliver to three patients at a time The provisioning center would have to be able to track the delivery’s GPS location at all times during the delivery, and logs would have to be kept. Deliveries would only be allowed to the home address of the patient.

Medical patients living in a city or township that has banned medical marijuana businesses from operating could receive deliveries from provisioning centers, said David Harns, spokesman for the state’s Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. Medical marijuana businesses have been operating under emergency rules this year, and the state is now moving to adopt permanent rules. A hearing on the permanent rules is set for Sept. 17.

Medical marijuana businesses that have been temporarily operating in Michigan under the emergency rules have until Sept. 15 to obtain a state license. After that date, any operating business without a license will be sent a cease and desist letter beginning Sept. 17. To date, the state licensing board has approved 16 licenses — but critics don’t believe the industry will be up and running by Sept. 15.

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