Family Law/Feb 16, 2015

Bill Proposes To Decriminalize Possession Of An Ounce or Less of Marihuana

Two bills were introduced recently in the State Senate that would amend both the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the Public Health Code. One bill proposes to further limit the rights of those protected under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, while the other increases the rights of every person in Michigan found in possession of a small amount of marihuana.

Senate Bill No. 72 would amend section 7 of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MCL 333.26427) to allow a landlord to prohibit smoking or cultivating marihuana plants on residential premises, as long as the prohibition is in the written lease.

Senate Bill No. 80 would amend sections 7403 and 7404 of the Public Health Code (MCL 333.7403 and MCL 333.7404) by decriminalizing possession of an ounce or less of marihuana under certain circumstances. Under the proposed amendment, possession of an ounce or less of marihuana would no longer be considered a misdemeanor, but rather a civil infraction, subject to a sliding scale of fines based on the number of prior convictions/finding of responsibility under section .7403 or .7404, or a substantially corresponding local ordinance.

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