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Marijuana Distribution Model Introduced In Michigan House


michigan medical marijuana hb 4271HB 4271 formally read into record: co-sponsors include 8 House Democrats, 8 Republicans

In Lansing a bipartisan group of lawmakers advanced the effort to legislatively embrace the intent of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). Called the Provisioning Centers Act (PCA) and formally titled HB 4271, Rep. Michael Callton’s bill was read into the record and assigned to the Judiciary Committee.

The PCA would empower local communities to license and regulate medical marijuana commercial operations within their own borders. Contained within the Act are guidelines for who can be employed by a Center, what activities can occur at the Centers and how they interact with the patient/caregiver community.

Callton (R-Nashville) has stated he wants the centers to pass the “grandma test.” Any Center should be safe enough that your grandmother would feel comfortable there, according to Callton. For details on HB 4271’s multiple empowerments and restrictions on patient activity, read Michigan’s Provisioning Centers 2.0.

Among the Sponsors is Rep. Tom Mcmillan, R-Rochester Hills, who was recently quoted as being the very first co-sponsor to sign on. “I’ve got friends who are legitimately helped by medical marijuana… There’s a new group of Republicans saying this war on drugs has been a disaster. Eventually, we’ve got to step back and look at that,” he told the Lansing State Journal. Rep. Kevin Daley also publicly proclaimed his support for the Bill and the Centers at a wild game fundraiser held in his Dsitrict, where he pledged to continue the discussion on marijuana.

HB 4271 was introduced during the 2012 session of the House and was not advanced to a vote in Committee. At that time it was known as the Local Options Bill, HB 5580 and was sponsored by Calton, Daley and Cavanagh.

A list of co-sponsors for The Provisioning Centers Act includes:

Sam Singh (D)

Ken Yonker (R)

Tom McMillin (R)

Marcia Hovey-Wright (D)

Jim Ananich (D)

Frank Foster (R)

Greg MacMaster (R)

Peter Pettalia (R)

Jeff Irwin (D)

Woodrow Stanley (D)

Tom Stallworth (D)

Phil Cavanagh (D)

Kevin Daley (R)

Phil Potvin (R)

Jon Bumstead (R)

Brandon Dillon (D)

Support for the passage of the PCA is being coordinated by the National Patients Rights Association (NPRA), a Detroit-based organization whose goals include “to protect patient rights; encourage medical practitioners to understand the benefits and uses of medical marijuana; sustain the decision of Michigan voters to legalize marijuana for medical use; and support the existing Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) as a workable system for getting medical marijuana to those who need it,” per their website.


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  1. Forgot to say, that if the caregivers would sell “the service” rather than “by the bag”. Like I assumed they were supposed too. There would not be overages aka “excess marijuana.” And in the wild & crazy event that did happen. There could always be a formal written agreement, drawn up between, patient and caregiver (mandatory) giving the caregiver full permission to sell any excess marijuana too a local dispensary.
    Remember, I am a licensed Michigan Medical Marijuana Patient. I grow my own, and use pretty nice equipment. And what’s being charged, is astronomically higher than what it costs to grow and harvest from seed to finished medical product.

    Also, I believe there should be a Medical Standard on Marijuana here in Michigan. Just because you have a card, don’t mean you grow “medical quality” marijuana. Too many dispensaries, are buying just anything, and throwing those “donation” rates out there. Same as charging between 10-20 a gram aka joint.. you see where i went with all this.. umm yeah… Again, Just IMHO

  2. To many caregivers are charging for the medical marijuana, and not the service itself. I was under the impression, that caregivers were “NOT” allowed to sell the marijuana, but only the service. Keeping that in mind, read this,
    “HB 4271 would mandate that provisioning centers only supply
    marijuana products and that they cannot be consumed on site. It also
    provides for local control of dispensaries and reduces overages of
    marijuana by allowing caregivers to sell their excess product to the
    provisioning centers.”

    But how is this possible?
    “A registered primary
    caregiver may receive compensation for costs associated with assisting a
    registered qualifying patient in the medical use of marihuana. Any such
    compensation shall not constitute the sale of controlled substances.”

    Meaning they can charge for the space the 12 plants take up. They can charge for the power and and materials needed to grow the pot. They can even charge for their time it takes. But even if you add all of that up, you still don’t get the prices the caregivers are charging patients.

    And the simple reason why caregivers are able to over-charge, non-the-less illegally, since the sales are “by-the-gram” and “by the bag” style. Is that they say, and I quote one specific caregiver,” I can sell the dispensary your weed, for $250 an ounce. So if you can’t pay that, I have no option to sell “your medical pot” to a dispensary.

    At $10 a gram aka joint (lower end prices) , who the hell could afford to pay them to raise and harvest us patients 12 plants.

    So here’s what I did, but unfortunately, not everyone can. Whether it be because of a debilitating condition, of financial reasons. I became my own caregiver, and just grow myself. I know how to figure out my consumers, and am in “healthy enough” condition to do my own indoor gardening. Just too bad, it’s not so simple for everyone.

    I have a great idea for a bill, that would make everyone happy. But I feel that it wouldn’t get heard. If I’m wrong, email me at

    My 2Cents & IMHO

  3. Jay Selthofner on

    Clarification is needed….much of the upper peninsula of Michigan is without proper services and medication for patients and caregivers. Although the population of the UP is smaller, we are finding the hearts of the folks up there help make the transition as easy as possible for refugees from Wisconsin and the Midwest was they migrate to Michigan.

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