Michigan considers allowing home delivery of medical marijuana

Michigan considers allowing home delivery of medical marijuana

By Mary Beth Spalding

You can order pizza, groceries and dog food to your doorstep, and soon in Michigan you might be able to order medical marijuana.

The state is considering rules that will allow provisioning centers, or dispensaries, to make home deliveries.

A public hearing on home delivery and other permanent rules for medical marijuana will be held Sept. 17 in Lansing.

David Harns, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, said the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation has been considering home delivery rules for some time.

“We’ve come to the point we think we can do delivery in a safe manner and wanted to offer this option to patients to get their medication that way,” Harns said.

Michigan has more than 270,000 registered medical marijuana patients.

Several states that allow medical marijuana permit home delivery, and some states allow home delivery of recreational cannabis.

One area provisioning center expects to offer home delivery if that’s what patients indicate they want.

Billy Breen, owner of The Tree House Compassion Center in downtown Buchanan, which is still awaiting a state operating license, said he’s glad the state wants to provide a home delivery option.

“The reason is for the patients,” Breen said. “It’s the best thing to do since we are providing medication and some people can’t leave their homes to get their medication.”

He said other patients might simply like delivery for the convenience.

Breen imagines a discreet delivery vehicle with no company name on it and, of course, an extra charge for the service.

Provisioning centers that want to offer delivery will have to write up their service protocol and submit it to the state for approval, Harns said.

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