“DETROIT — Michigan should look to Colorado and get more involved in medical marijuana by allowing commercial growers and regulating the industry, say lawyers who met on Mackinac Island to discuss one of the state’s most contentious issues.
Members of the criminal law section of the State Bar of Michigan plan to take their recommendations to the State Bar’s annual meeting in September. The ultimate goal is to get the Legislature to make significant changes without stepping on the medical marijuana law approved by voters in 2008, said attorney Ken Malkin of Bay City.
“You’ve got all these people planting little gardens all over. Who knows what people are getting?” Malkin, who chairs the criminal law section, said in an interview this week. “There is no quality control. It creates a black market.”
Roughly 50 people, including lawyers, judges and prosecutors, met last weekend and heard from Denver attorney Warren Edson, who specializes in setting up medical marijuana centers in Colorado.”