Michigan Gov. Ends Ban On Medical Marijuana Biz Licenses For Past Pot Convictions

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Given that people of color are more likely to have been targets of marijuana criminalization in the past, restrictions on participation in the industry are viewed as discriminatory. However, the measure, House Bill 4295, does contain an exception for those convicted of distributing marijuana to a minor, according to the bill available on Gov. Despite roughly equal usage rates, Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana. Similar regulations, allowing those with felony criminal records or multiple misdemeanors to be considered for cannabis business licenses, took effect in Washington state this past September. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a bill into law that would expand the pool of individuals who are eligible to receive medical marijuana business licenses, lifting the ban that had disqualified individuals with a cannabis-related felony or misdemeanor convictions on their records.

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Given that people of color are more likely to have been targets of marijuana criminalization in the past, restrictions on participation in the industry are viewed as discriminatory.

By Maureen Meehan

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a bill into law that would expand the pool of individuals who are eligible to receive medical marijuana business licenses, lifting the ban that had disqualified individuals with a cannabis-related felony or misdemeanor convictions on their records.

However, the measure, House Bill 4295, does contain an exception for...

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