Three Cannabis-related Bills Passed During the ‘Lame Duck’ Session were Vetoed by the Michigan Governor

According to the Michigan Advance, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed three cannabis-related measures as 2022 came to a close, including one that would have simplified the process of moving medicinal cannabis products from one facility to another.

 

MLive said that in a statement announcing the vetoes, Whitmer said that the bills were “rushed through a lame duck session.”

 

Also, Whitmer vetoed a bill that would have changed the state’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act to reflect recent changes, such as a new name for the Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA). Another measure that was denied would have banned the CRA from denying someone a cannabis license because of their spouse’s employment, even if that spouse worked for the state or federal government. Rep. Pat Outman (R-Michigan) testified in favor of his bill in June, telling lawmakers that the amendment would provide “much needed clarification to Michigan’s adult-use marijuana regulations,” as reported by MLive.

 

Whitmer did not directly address the cannabis-related measures in her veto statement, instead saying that she is looking forward to “working with the new Legislature in January on priorities that will continue our economic momentum, help lower costs, and expand education support for Michigan students.”

 

“It is time to be serious about solving problems and getting things done that will make working families’ lives better right now.” — Whitmer stated in a veto message, via Michigan Advance. 

 

All the bills that were vetoed had been presented by Republicans, but in the midterm elections of 2022, the Democrats won control of both houses of the state legislature.

 

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