In Michigan
1:35 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

Lawmakers consider changes to MI medical pot law

LANSING, MI –

Patients authorized to have marijuana for medical purposes in Michigan would no longer be allowed to grow their own supply under legislation pending in the state Senate.

The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Tuesday on bills that would change the voter-approved program that began last year.

The biggest change would provide for licensed marijuana growing facilities rather than letting authorized patients or caregivers grow their own. No more than 10 facilities could be licensed per year.

Marijuana would be distributed through pharmacists.

Critics of the legislation say it's an attempt to make getting marijuana more difficult.

More than 7,000 patients and 3,000 caregivers already are registered under a state program that began in April.