Home Delivery of Medical Marijuana in Michigan?
This could get interesting. The State of Michigan might consider home delivery of medical marijuana due to a rule proposed by the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. This rule would allow medical marijuana provisioning centers to make home deliveries of marijuana to registered patients through an online ordering system.
The Detroit News is reporting that Andrew Brisbo, the director for the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation stated that:
The rule is in line with the goal of the state’s emerging medical marijuana industry to provide safe access to patients, especially those who do not live close to a provisioning center
This rule would allow an employee of a licensed medical marijuana provisioning center to deliver their medical marijuana to no more than three patients in any given trip and limit the quantity delivered to daily or monthly limits. The rules would only allow for the delivery to a patient, not to caregivers.
Would Michigan be the first to allow home delivery of medical marijuana? No, the states of Oregon and Nevada currently have a rule similar to the proposed Michigan rule.
Andrew Brisbo, the director for the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation also stated that:
It would be a change in the scope of their operation so their specific procedures for home delivery would have to be approved by the department before they engaged in it
As part of this new rule the medical marijuana provisioning center “must keep a log in the statewide monitoring system indicating when a home delivery left the center, its destination and when it returned. Drivers must keep similar documentation on them while making the delivery”.
The editor and publisher of the Michigan Cannabis Industries Report, Rick Thompson, was quoted in the article stating:
The program is targeted to address the medical needs of the most ill citizens in our state…If you look at the list of qualifying conditions, some of those illnesses leave you without the ability to drive
Marijuana is a Class 1 drug, drugs are classified by what can be called Drug Scheduling by the DEA, the DEA states:
Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential. The abuse rate is a determinate factor in the scheduling of the drug; for example, Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence. As the drug schedule changes-- Schedule II, Schedule III, etc., so does the abuse potential-- Schedule V drugs represents the least potential for abuse.
I understand their need to have the drug delivered if they are unable to pick it up but I do believe it will have the negative consequence of an increase in illegal home delivery. Perhaps that is the price we must pay.