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Michigan Medical Marihuana Act

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In 2008, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act ("MMMA") was voted into law by 63% of those casting ballots in the general election.  Thus Michigan joined an ever-growing list of states providing for the medical use of marihuana.

Because it did not follow the path of our typical legislative process, many of the provisions of the MMMA are confusing.  And because the Act was citizen initiated, it enjoys constitutional protection preventing it from being repealed or amended absent a vote of at least 75% of the members of both Michigan's House of Representatives and Senate.

Our attorneys have analyzed the MMMA in depth and are called upon frequently to address its real world implication.  They continue to dialogue with stakeholders including state and local units of government, public safety officials, community organizations, registered patients and caregivers.  Hubbard Law Firm attorneys frequently write articles and deliver presentations on the Act at seminars and symposiums including those sponsored by the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Townships Association.

The law shaping Michigan's policy on the medical use of marihuana is rapidly developing.  Court decisions involving the MMMA and newly proposed legislation seeking to clarify its provisions are common occurrences.  Meanwhile, many municipalities have adopted medical marihuana moratoriums taking a "wait and see" attitude regarding the future of the law.  Enacted properly and for the right reasons, moratoriums serve a legitimate purpose by temporarily preserving the status quo.  But moratoriums are not themselves an answer to the challenges presented by the MMMA.

The Act presents local units of government with a variety of significant issues including those related to land use and zoning, ordinance adoption and enforcement, state law preemption, the Freedom of Information Act, employment policies and governmental immunity.  The potential impact of these issues, coupled with the substantial voter support for the medical marihuana initiative requires the attention of community leaders throughout Michigan.

The Hubbard Law Firm's attorneys are available to help.  They provide continuous updates accessible on our municipal blog and are regularly sought out by the media for their insight on, and analysis of, the MMMA.  For more information regarding The Hubbard Law Firm's services relating the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Note: The Hubbard Law Firm, P.C. takes no position of the social policy considerations underlying the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, but it is firmly committed to the right of state residents to initiate new laws and submit them for voter approval.  The simple truth is that more than three million Michigan voters cast ballots in favor of the MMMA and its provisions can be expected to impact every Michigan community in some way.  A responsible local unit of government will seek education about the law's provisions and make informed decisions as to whether, and to what extent, it will react to them.  The Hubbard Law Firm will be happy to assist in this process if retained to do so, but the information contained on, or through, this website, is not intended, and should not be construed, as legal advice.


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