Lawmakers in Michigan have introduced legislation that would give those registered with the state’s medical marijuana program some assurance they can’t be fired from their job just for having a patient card.
The bill in question, House Bill 5161, which was presented by state Representative Sam Singh, also protects state-registered medical marijuana patients that possess their identification card from being arrested if they’re otherwise acting in conformity with state laws.
Here’s an excerpt from HB 5161:
A qualifying patient who has been issued and possesses a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for the medical use of marihuana in accordance with this act.
Where did Representative Singh learn to spell the word marijuana? The year 1910?
But I digress.
Representative Singh believes that the arresting of medical marijuana patients has become a problem in other states, and he wants to nip it in the bud before things become complicated in Michigan.
Here’s what Representative Singh had to say:
We’re definitely seeing it across the country. And so therefore we know it will happen here in Michigan, if it already hasn’t.