By Britteny Dee
Lansing Star staff writer
Jones defined a medical marijuana bar as a dispensary that allows consumption on its premises. He said his reasoning is that allowing patients to use marijuana at a bar and then drive is dangerous.
According to the bill, a person violating this law would be guilty of a misdemeanor, charged a fine of no more than $500, or both.
The bill is controversial. Several medical marijuana dispensaries in the Lansing area have refused to comment on the subject, stating that they are not taking questions regarding the bill at this time.
Todd Holforty of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Club was willing to talk about the bill and said he disapproves.
“I think the bill is wrong and inappropriate, simply because where people medicate shouldn’t be important to anyone else,” Holforty said. “The bill is simply going to inhibit people from being able to medicate where they need to. It’s very important that it does not pass, for the rights of all patients.”
Holforty said he agrees with Jones reasoning, but thinks the bill is unnecessary.
“I would not advocate anyone medicating and driving, of course,” Holforty said. “For anyone medicating at a club or bar, I would certainly want them to wait a couple hours or something before they drive.”
Holforty argued that since people are allowed to drive home from a bar serving alcohol after drinking, as long as they are not over the legal limit, people should also be able to drive home from a medical marijuana bar after using, as long as they are responsible.
“As in alcohol, there’s a sliding scale to where somebody is very intoxicated or where somebody is likely intoxicated, and likely intoxicated people are allowed to drive,” Holforty said.
Although he says it is crucial for the bill not to pass, he doesn’t think it will be that influential within the community if it does.
“I really don’t think it’s going to affect much because most dispensaries currently don’t allow people to medicate there anyway,” Holforty said.
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