Michigan Medical Marijuana Edible And Concentrate Bill Explained
By the end of 2016, the new Michigan Medical Marijuana Edible and Concentrate Bill will be in full affect and have modified the existing law under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). The new Michigan Medical Marijuana Edible and Concentrate bill allows individual patients and caregivers (and even provisioning centers) obtain and use medical marijuana that have been made from a concentrate. The term concentrate is not very specific, at least in terms of the language used in the new Michigan Medical Marijuana Edible and Concentrate bill. Therefore, it is best to look at the plan language of the bill, which now allows for a “Marihuana-infused product.”
Under the new Michigan Medical Marijuana Edible and Concentrate bill, an infused product “means a topical formulation, tincture, beverage, edible substance, or similar product containing any usable marihuana that is intended for human consumption in a manner other than smoke inhalation.” The other term that becomes important, when determining the extent of an allowable amount of marihuana infused products, is “usable marihuana equivalent.” The usable marihuana equivalent is actually a guide or conversion for various types of marihuana infused products, and thus places the limits on the amount of marihuana infused products that an individual patient and caregiver can possess.
The modifications of the new Michigan Medical Marijuana edible and concentrate bill are easily incorporated into the old language of the exists MMMA statute, which means that when determining the amount of marihuana infused products a caregiver or patient can possess is limited to the same amounts as previously allowed; however, now individuals will use the conversion table, set forth in the usable marihuana equivalent section, to determine how much usable or flower marihuana translates into the appropriate amount of marihuana infused products. For example, 1 ounce of usable or flower marihuana is equivalent to 36 fluid ounces of marihuana infused products, meaning that someone in possession of 36 fluid ounces of infused marihuana would be under his or her limitations of Section 4 of the MMMA because that would only translate or convert into 1 ounce of usable or flow marihuana.
It should also be noted that the new Medical Marihuana Concentrate and Edible bill will also control and limit how individual patients and caregivers can transport their usable marihuana equivalent or infused marihuana products. This part of the law is listed directly under Section 4 of the new MMMA, and thus this could potentially be dealt with differently than the “improper transport of usable marihuana” law. The language of the law seems to read very similar to the preexisting law for normal usable marihuana; however, the huge difference is that if someone is found responsible or guilty of improperly transporting their marihuana infuse products, they will be required to pay a civil fine.
Moreover, the new Medical Marihuana Edible and Concentrate bill is going to apply retroactively once it has become effective. It is important to understand that the bill will not become effective until 90-days after Gov. Snyder signed the bill. Therefore, it will not become effective until 90-days after Sept. 20, 2016. The fact that the bill and the section for marihuana infused products is retroactive means that individuals convicted of crimes involving marihuana infused products could have reprieve or an opportunity for a defense against such a crime even though they have already been convicted. This may be a confusing statement, and thus simply put: if you have previously been convicted of a marihuana crime involving marihuana concentrates or edibles, you should contract a marihuana defense lawyer today to see if you are able to take advantage of the retroactivity under the new Michigan Medical Marihuana Edible and Concentrate Bill.
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