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Zimmer Rejects Medical Marijuana To Treat Autism
Citing "several troubling concerns" and the fact that certain children with severe autism may already be eligible to use medical marijuana, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Mike Zimmer denied Thursday a petition that seeks to add autism as a qualifying medical condition under the state's Medical Marihuana Act.
Talks On Roads Continue, Still No Agreement In Sight
The House and Senate majority and minority leaders met for a Legislative Quadrant meeting Thursday with Lt. Governor Brian Calley to discuss a road funding agreement, but neither side nor chamber indicated that they were anywhere near an agreement.
Organized Opposition Planned To New Education Standards
The Department of Education is currently collecting public comment on new science and social studies standards, and they can expect to hear numerous requests to reject the standards.
Prevailing Wage Repeal Supporters File Campaign Complaint Against Unions
Unions and the groups they created to oppose the prevailing wage repeal are not properly reporting their spending and efforts to stop an initiative petition on the issue, the committee supporting that effort charged Thursday.
No Legal Defense Fund Yet For Gamrat
At some point, unless Rep. Cindy Gamrat receives free legal counsel, she will have to create a legal defense fund to disclose who has helped pay for the attorney she hired to assist her through the scandal surrounding the cover-up of an affair with Rep. Todd Courser and subsequent House investigation.
Goike, Runestad Drafting Bills To Subject DIA To Sunshine Laws
Uproar at the Detroit Institute of Arts' plan to provide raises and bonuses to DIA executives has prompted two House Republicans to begin preparing legislation that would subject the institution to the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings acts.
U.S. 31 Closed Near Alanson After Partial Road Collapse
Underground springs undermined the roadside slope of U.S. 31 just north of Alanson in Emmet County, causing about 50 feet of the shoulder for the northbound lane to collapse.
Regional Unemployment In July Inches Up In Most Regions
While Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in 14 years in July, the unadjusted employment rates rose in most of the state's 17 labor markets, according to figures released Thursday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.
Schuette Sues Florida Company
Attorney General Bill Schuette on Thursday said he had sued a Florida company for conducting deceitful business practices in Michigan.
AT&T To Invest $29.7M To Expand Rural Broadband
Nearly 87,000 residential and business customers in rural areas of Michigan currently without a competitive broadband provider will see such service, AT&T announced Thursday.
Snyder Promotes Tourism During Visit to China
Governor Rick Snyder, as part of a continuing trade mission though China, made a point Thursday of strengthening the potential for tourism between Michigan and China.
The Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that, because of increasing population, it will be permitting an early teal duck hunt September 1-7. Officials said the overall outlook for the deer harvest is good but that numbers are still expected to be low in the Upper Peninsula. The department has also scheduled early and late antlerless seasons on some areas of the Lower Peninsula. The department is planning fewer elk licenses this year because herd numbers are down to within management goals. The DNR is issuing 11,742 bear licenses and anticipates a harvest of about 1,400. Raccoon and coyote are generally abundant around the state, and fox are abundant in some areas of the state. Bobcat populations are increasing in many regions as well.
The Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday a grant program for non-profit groups and local governments to purchase easements for snowmobile trails. The department did not indicate how much grant money, provided through a portion of the snowmobile trail license fee, would be available, but applications are due November 15 and more information is posted at http://www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 169, August 27, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
Autism will not be added to the list of conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana out of concern of how it would be administered to children, Mike Zimmer, director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), ruled today.
Belleville parent Lisa SMITH asked the state for the change because her son suffers from epilepsy due to his severe autism and the product would be of assistance to him. Her attorney presented a letter from a medical doctor recommending the marijuana be allowed to be prescribed by a "highly skilled experience medical doctor, with significant experience in treating autism."
But Zimmer wrote the state's medical marijuana law doesn't require that the substance be diagnosed by an expert or someone trained in autism treatment.
LARA reports 55 minors are licensed to use medical marijuana. However, if autism was listed as a qualifying condition, Zimmer wrote he was concerned the number of children allowed to use the substance would increase at a time when the research on medical marijuana's impact on children is not conclusive.
Zimmer also noted that medical marijuana is given to children through something called "Rick Simpson Oil," which he's not convinced is an allowable delivery method under the law based on an appellate court decision in People v. Carruthers.
The decision comes after two public hearings on the subject and the state's Medical Marihauna Act Review Panel voted 4-2 to recommend that autism be added to the list.
However, Zimmer wrote the testimony showed him medical marijuana is of use in "severe autism" cases, but "severe autism" isn't defined in law. Also, in cases where those with autism suffer from epilepsy, the law may already allow for a prescription.
For the full article, see "LARA Director: No Medical Marijuana For Those With Autism", Inside MIRS Today, August 27, 2015.
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The leaders of a marijuana advocacy group say they’re prepared to sponsor a ballot proposal reforming Michigan’s medical marijuana law in 2016 if lawmakers don’t approve legislation this year allowing provisioning centers and edible forms of cannabis.
The Michigan Responsibility Council has decided “to set aside efforts for full legalization” of marijuana use and focus on helping lawmakers shape pending House legislation, council board Chairman Paul Welday said Thursday.
Welday said two bills in a House committee headed by Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, seem to be “moving in a positive direction” toward legalizing centers where various forms of medical cannabis could be purchased, as well as a state regulatory regime to oversee growing and distribution of marijuana.
The Responsibility Council has drawn up a draft plan it would prefer but also supports efforts by Callton to craft reform legislation. Welday said the council would have to finalize its own plan and begin circulating petitions toward a ballot measure early next year if lawmakers are unable to act.
For the full article, see Gary Heinlein, "Group seeks reforms of medical marijuana law", Detroit News, August 27, 2015.
A pair of state House representatives from Macomb and Oakland counties on Thursday announced plans to draft legislation that would subject the Detroit Institute of Arts to transparency requirement that apply to government entities under the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings acts.
DIA officials in response said agreements made earlier this year already put new transparency measures in place, arguing new legislation isn't necessary.
Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties approved a millage in 2012 that raises $23 million a year in taxpayer money for the museum.
And in 2014, the state pledged $194.8 million in tobacco settlement money to protect Detroit-owned art at the DIA from being sold in bankruptcy case.
But the DIA remains a private, non-profit organization run by a volunteer board of directors, and their meetings are not open to the public.
And hefty pay raises being proposed for some of the museum's top executives have drawn the ire of some elected leaders who are calling for new transparency measures.
For the full article, see Khalil AlHajal, "Lawmakers look to force transparency requirements on Detroit Institute of Arts", MLive, August 27, 2015.
For another see Jennifer Chambers, "Mich. lawmakers seek more transparency from DIA", Detroit News, August 28, 2015.
Ted Roelofs, "Oil and water: Searching for truth on the Mackinac pipeline" : With 23 million gallons of oil and gas passing beneath the Straits of Mackinac each day, Bridge weighs the evidence on the safety of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.
Ted Roelofs, "Enbridge: Trust us to be safe" : Enbridge Energy has historically kept inspection data about the Straits of Mackinac pipeline to itself.
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