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2011 House Bill 4851: Revise medical marijuana law regulations

Public Act 512 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on June 30, 2011, to revise the conditions under which a physician may prescribe and authorize medical marijuana for a person, limiting this authority to “bona fide physical-patient relationships,” as defined in the bill. This would require the doctor to take a medical history of the patient; perform a relevant physical examination; review prior treatment, treatment responses and diagnostic test results; discuss advantages, disadvantages, alternatives, etc.; provide for monitoring; create and maintain records; and notify the patient's primary care physician, if any. Because the state’s medical marijuana law was adopted in a popular vote, the measure would require a three-fourths vote.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on June 30, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on March 29, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-7) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on May 2, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 2, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on May 2, 2012, to require medical marijuana grown outside to be securely locked in a fenced area. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 2, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on May 2, 2012, to define details of the legal presumption in the medical marijuana law that if a patient and primary caregiver assert that the prescribed marijuana is being used for a medical purpose, then it is (and so the person can't be prosecuted for illegal possession). The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 2, 2012.
  2. Passed 105 to 4 in the House on May 3, 2012, to prohibit a doctor from prescribing medical marijuana unless there is a “bona fide physician-patient relationship,” as defined in the bill. This would require the doctor to get the patient's medical history, perform a physical and keep records. The bill also requires medical marijuana grown outside to be securely locked in a fenced area; and when transported to be in the trunk or a case inaccessible to vehicle occupants.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 8, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 8, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 11, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on December 5, 2012. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 5, 2012.
  4. Failed 28 to 10 in the Senate on December 13, 2012, to prohibit a doctor from prescribing medical marijuana unless there is a “bona fide physician-patient relationship,” as defined in the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Motion by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on December 13, 2012, to reconsider the vote by which the bill was defeated. The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 13, 2012.
  6. Received in the Senate on December 14, 2012.
  7. Passed 29 to 9 in the Senate on December 14, 2012, to prohibit a doctor from prescribing medical marijuana unless there is a “bona fide physician-patient relationship,” as defined in the bill. This would require the doctor to get the patient's medical history, perform a physical and keep records. The bill also requires medical marijuana grown outside to be securely locked in a fenced area; and when transported to be in the trunk or a case inaccessible to vehicle occupants.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Received in the House on December 14, 2012.
  9. Passed 100 to 5 in the House on December 14, 2012, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  10. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 27, 2012.

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