A bill that would allow for the growing of pharmaceutical-grade marijuana and sale at pharmacies in Michigan passed the state Senate on Wednesday on a 22-16 vote.
The bill was lauded by supporters as a way to guarantee a safe, tested product for medical marijuana users. But opponents said it did nothing to address shortfalls in Michigan's current medical marijuana law and would outsource production from home growers to out-of-state corporations.
"Why are we spending taxpayer time and resources for an out-of-state corporate constituent who may or may not come to the state," said Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing. "And we're not doing squat for anything to help current constituents who cannot access medical marijuana."