DIMONDALE, Mich. (WOOD) - With Michigan's medical marijuana law set to take effect inApril, a hearing is underway to give the public a chance to weighin on the proposed rules.
About 100 people are in attendance at a Michigan Department ofCommunity Health hearing room near Lansing. While voters approvedthe measure, which allowslimited use of marijuana for certain medical conditions, inNovember, the state has until April to set the rules.
Greg Francisco of the Michigan MedicalMarijuana Association said many of the rules are toorestrictive, and some violate privacy.
"Rules that are unenforceable, that extend the reach ofgovernment beyond the very clear limits that are established in theact, or that are overly burdensome or technical are rules that caninvite violations," Francisco said.
"I know we're going to get some criticism and that'sunderstandable," countered James McCurtis of the MichiganDepartment of Community Health. "But again, we've held the publichearing so we can hear what people have to say so we can takeeverything they say into consideration."
One provision with the law requires medical marijuana to belocked up while not in use. But supporters say there are norequirements to lock up other prescription drugs in a user'shome.
Supporters say they're worried users may end up violating thelaw, even though Michigan voters approved the measure.
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