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420 with CNW – Michigan Legislators Set to Approve Medical Cannabis Home Delivery

The Board of Medical Marihuana Regulation in Michigan is considering allowing provisioning centers (medical marijuana dispensaries) to make home deliveries of medical cannabis to patients who request that service.

A public hearing on the matter was conducted on September 17 to gather views that may form part of the permanent marijuana regulations for the state.

Michigan has been operating under emergency rules since the start of the year. The permanent rules will replace those emergency rules.

In the proposed law, provisioning centers will be allowed to deliver cannabis to the registered home address of a maximum of three medical cannabis card holders each day. The patient must sign for the delivery before receiving it.

Medical cannabis provisioning centers must submit their detailed plans explaining how they intend to conduct the home deliveries. The regulators will review those plans to ensure that they conform with the state’s requirements before that dispensary is granted a license to start making home deliveries.

Medical marijuana dispensaries will have to install tracking systems in the delivery vans so that the location of those vans can be known throughout the delivery run.

Furthermore, the quantity of medical marijuana that any delivery person can take to patients each day will be capped at 2.5 pounds, while the monthly limit for each delivery worker is 10 pounds.

It isn’t clear how those limits were arrived at, or how feasible they are. The only available information on the matter is that California has similar restrictions and the home delivery of medical cannabis is booming.

The state regulators also propose that dispensaries keep detailed logs of all home deliveries of medical marijuana. Those delivery details will be uploaded to a state-wide monitoring system.

The proposals have been welcomed by advocacy groups and patients, because patients who cannot drive or get out of a car will receive medical cannabis in the comfort of their homes.

Some patients also live far from a provisioning center. Such situations may have arisen because the local authorities declined to have a medical cannabis provisioning center in their jurisdiction.

Home deliveries are also suitable for medical cannabis card holders who may be uncomfortable about being seen going into a medical cannabis dispensary.

The authorities seem to have considered this matter for a while, and the provisions of the permanent regulations will smooth the operation of the medical cannabis industry. Any kinks that develop will hopefully be resolved along the way. Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) and ChineseInvestors.com (OTCQB: CIIX) can only hope that all jurisdictions do everything that they can to make it possible for patients to receive medical cannabis without leaving any loopholes that can lead to the misuse of medical marijuana.

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