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'Greenhouse' Effect of a Different Sort? Limits on Medical Pot can be Used Rolling Through Legislature

Renters turning their units into “greenhouses” are causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage, says the sponsor of a bill limiting where those with medical cannabis prescriptions can grow or smoke the weed.

A bill moving through the Michigan Legislature would prohibit those with medical cannabis prescriptions from growing or smoking the weed in rental units. (Patch file photo)
A bill moving through the Michigan Legislature would prohibit those with medical cannabis prescriptions from growing or smoking the weed in rental units. (Patch file photo)

Michigan residents with medical marijuana prescriptions would have to go elsewhere to smoke the drug if they rent rather than own property under proposed legislation moving through the Statehouse in Lansing.

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would also prevent renters from growing their medical cannabis in rental properties, which include apartments and hotels, the Detroit Free Press reports. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said property owners have reported tens of thousands of dollars in damage to their rental units from people growing and smoking medical weed and transforming the units into “greenhouses.”

“One constituent said his house was destroyed by a renter who had 95 plants growing in the house,” Jones said.

Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, said the restrictions would leave renters legally entitled to smoke medical pot with few options. Legislation that would allow edible cannabis stalled in the Legislature earlier this year. She wants to tie-bar the legislation on the use of medical marijuana with legislation already approved in the House that legalizes marijuana-infused products, including edibles and oils, for medical purposes.

Medical marijuana was legalized in Michigan in 2008. Since then, more than 100,000 people have been certified to use it.

DiSCUSS: Do you think the state should place further limits on where medical cannabis can be used? Do you think the medical marijuana law is working as intended? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Nathan Wagstaff March 05, 2014 at 08:04 AM
Thank goodness it will only affect the "renters" rather than real people, who own property. Yes, that was sarcasm. Stop trying to take away people's rights, please.
Debbie Gerard March 05, 2014 at 08:18 AM
People's rights to destroy other people's property? Turning a home or apartment into a greenhouse causes mold damage. Renting should not give you the right to intentionally destroy another person's property.
Debra Young March 05, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Legally a patient can grow up to 12 plants. Many non patient renters have as many house plants as this. If someone has more they are breaking the law and should be dealt with through legal channels. 12 plants should case no damage to rental property. Where are patients supposed to get their medicine? Can't grow it, can't buy it at a dispensary, where then? In the streets, in the alley? These restrictions hurt patients!
David Lees March 05, 2014 at 02:55 PM
We need to expand the laws that the voters/citizens/and people have declared in the democratic process NOT LIMIT the will of the people. It is NOT about recreation - it is ALL about medication which is crucial to our health. There are legal ways around stupid lawmakers... cannabidiol (CBD), is available to purchase legally in all 50 states without any kind of registration, without license it is just a tad too expensive. 12 plants is really not enough to make pure CBD extract from. The strain to get pure CBD in enough quantity to combat cancer leukemia etc has little to no THC. Cancer patients need a minimum of 20 to 100 mg's a day of this extract which cannot be smoked as the heat destroys the beneficial CBD, it has to be in an extract. The US government holds the patents etc etc... bottom line? Expand the laws to help people be healthier not make it more difficult!

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