Michigan Bill To Let Elected Officials’ Spouses Obtain Marijuana Licenses Advances While Equity Issues Persist

Michigan Bill To Let Elected Officials’ Spouses Obtain Marijuana Licenses Advances While Equity Issues Persist

Michigan’s current medical marijuana law prohibits elected officials and government employees from obtaining cannabis business licenses—but a bill that is moving forward in the House of Representatives would revise that provision to make an exception for their spouses. Under the legislation from Rep. Julie Alexander (R), which was preliminarily approved last week and is scheduled for a final third reading vote in the House on Tuesday, the state’s licensing policy would be amended to carve out an exemption for the “spouse of a person who applies for a state operating license unless the spouse’s position in within the marijuana regulatory agency or would otherwise create a conflict of interest.” At the same time, a provision blocking participation by people with prior misdemeanor or felony drug convictions remains intact, and advocates have expressed frustration that legislators seem to be prioritizing a licensing reform that would benefit their own families while neglecting to push for a change to the criminal records policy, which disproportionately impacts communities of color that have been targeted in the war on drugs. Current law stipulates that people with a misdemeanor drug conviction on their record in the past five years are ineligible, while those with felony drug convictions are blocked for 10 years. Margeaux Bruner, a Michigan-based board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Alliance, told Marijuana Moment that the current policy preventing spouses of elected officials from being licensed in the industry is necessary because it prevents corruption. “As a matter of checks and balances, it…

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