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Michigan State Senate okays prescription marijuana


LANSING (WKZO) -- The Michigan State Senate has approved a bill that would allow the sale of pharmaceutical grade marijuana at Michigan pharmacies, but don’t plan on heading down to the Walgreens anytime soon to buy it.

The Legislation passed with the help of an ally from Kalamazoo, former House Speaker Chuck Perricone, who is now a lobbyist for Prarie Plant Systems, a Canadian firm that grows their officially sanctioned pot.

He testified in committee that they could guarantee the quality and potency of the drug, something you can’t do with the current system.

The new system would not replace the current system of caregivers and home growing, but would compete with it.

Users would have to turn in their medical marijuana cards and would be limited to two ounces a month. 

But it will not happen at all unless the Federal Government reclassifies marijuana as a Scheduled 2 controlled substance. Right now it’s a Schedule 1 drug, along will heroin and crack and remains illegal.

That’s why Tonya Schuitmaker called the legislation premature and voted against it.

The Senate Bill now heads to the State House for consideration.