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2013 Senate Bill 660: Authorize and regulate "pharmaceutical-grade cannabis"

Public Act 268 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on October 31, 2013, to establish a comprehensive regulatory regime for production and sale by pharmacies of “pharmaceutical-grade cannabis" to individuals with a debilitating medical condition, contingent on the federal government reclassifying marijuana from an illegal drug to a prescription drug. Michigan's voter-initiated medical marijuana law, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, establishes a regulatory framework for patients or authorized caregivers growing their own; companies seeking “commercialized” distribution lobbied for this bill.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on October 31, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 7, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on November 7, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 7, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on November 13, 2013, to tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4271, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4271 would authorize and regulate medical marijuana "dispensaries," and allow municipal licensure or prohibition. The amendment failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on November 13, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on November 13, 2013, to exclude "pharmaceutical cannabis" from the liability waiver of a tort reform law passed in 1995, under which lawsuits against prescription drug makers are prohibited unless the company intentionally withheld information or misled the FDA about the drug, or used bribery to gain approval. The amendment failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on November 13, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on November 13, 2013, to tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 626, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. SB 626 would decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on November 13, 2013.
  2. Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on November 13, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on November 13, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on November 13, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on December 10, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on December 11, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on December 12, 2013, to create an exception to the bill's ban on pharmaceutical-grade cannabis for patients who are under age 18, if this is recommended by two physicians. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 12, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. John Walsh (R) on December 12, 2013, to allow the state's licensure bureau to begin promulgating rules for the proposed regulatory regime before the federal government actually legalizes medical marijuana (if it does). The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 12, 2013.
  4. Passed 87 to 22 in the House on December 12, 2013, to establish a comprehensive regulatory regime for production and sale by pharmacies of “pharmaceutical-grade cannabis" to individuals with a debilitating medical condition, contingent on the federal government reclassifying marijuana from an illegal drug to a prescription drug. Michigan's voter-initiated medical marijuana law, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, establishes a regulatory framework for patients or authorized caregivers growing their own; companies seeking “commercialized” distribution lobbied for this bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 12, 2013.
  6. Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 20, 2013.

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