Marijuana Home Delivery, Online Ordering Proposed in Michigan

Marijuana regulators in Michigan proposed a new rule this week that would make obtaining marijuana as easy as ordering a pizza for medical patients. The rule would be permanent, replacing the current “emergency” rules that prohibit home delivery.

The Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation says the new rule supports safe access to marijuana for patients in Michigan, many of whom live far from licensed dispensaries. Bureau director Andres Brisbo said the proposal is not actually new but was included in the initial regulatory discussions.

Under the rule, a designated dispensary employee would be allowed to deliver medical marijuana to up to three patients per trip. The quantity of product delivered would be strictly regulated under daily or monthly limits. Only patients, not their caregivers, would be allowed to accept the delivery.

The Bureau is expected to hold a public hearing on this and other proposed permanent rules next month, but they will not go into effect until 2019. The rules are expected to dramatically change the scope of the state's medical marijuana operations.

Dispensaries that offer delivery would not need additional licenses, but the trucks would be required to have GPS tracking. The business would be responsible for tracking the truck throughout a delivery and assuring the vehicle is never left unattended.

Patients would be able to order and pay for the marijuana online using their credit card. Proponents of the proposed rule say it will benefit the patients who suffer from conditions that leave them unable to drive.

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