Thursday, November 06, 2008

Michigan Passes Proposal 1 and Proposal 2

Michigan Passes Medical Marijuana and Stem Cell Research

CBS Election Results:

Voters in the State of Michigan have passed Proposal 1 — Allow Medical Marijuana — with 3,005,678 votes; and Proposal 2 — Allow Stem Cell Research — with 2,520,240 votes.

Proposal 1:
A Legislative Initiative To Permit The Use And Cultivation Of Marijuana For Specified Medical Conditions

  • Permit physician approved use of marijuana by registered patients with debilitating medical conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, MS and other conditions as may be approved by the Department of Community Health.

  • Permit registered individuals to grow limited amounts of marijuana for qualifying patients in an enclosed, locked facility.

  • Require Department of Community Health to establish an identification card system for patients qualified to use marijuana and individuals qualified to grow marijuana.

  • Permit registered and unregistered patients and primary caregivers to assert medical reasons for using marijuana as a defense to any prosecution involving marijuana.

Proposal 2:
To Amend The State Constitution To Address Human Embryo And Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research In Michigan
  • Expand use of human embryos for any research permitted under federal law subject to the following limits: the embryos

    • are created for fertility treatment purposes;
    • are not suitable for implantation or are in excess of clinical needs;
    • would be discarded unless used for research;
    • were donated by the person seeking fertility treatment.

  • Provide that stem cells cannot be taken from human embryos more than 14 days after cell division begins.

  • Prohibit any person from selling or purchasing human embryos for stem cell research.

  • Prohibit state and local laws that prevent, restrict or discourage stem cell research, future therapies and cures.

Source: Newsletter — Kathleen Law, State House Representative

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