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Bill Allowing Landlords To Ban Medical Marijuana Smoking Goes To Snyder’s Desk

Jake Neher/WDET

Gov. Rick Snyder has just a few bills from last session left to consider.

Among them is a bill that would allow landlords to include a provision in their leases preventing tenants from smoking or growing medical marijuana.

Bill sponsor Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) said the legislation protects fellow tenants and landlords from smoke and damage to buildings.

No one needs to use medical marijuana in a smoking form,” he said. “If they have a prescription, they can use it in many other ways – edibles, creams, oils, and even vaporizers.”

But medical marijuana law attorney Michael Komorn disagreed.

He said the bill is excessive and attacks medical marijuana patients.

A landlord can preclude, generally speaking, certain behavior in a lease, so that already existed and if it’s a private entity the use of this legislation is really unnecessary because it already existed,” he said.

Under the current voter-passed Michigan Medical Marijuana law, medical marijuana users can smoke or grow marijuana in rental properties. 

Image credit: Brett Levin, flickr.

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Cheyna Roth

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Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She’s also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.

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