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Michigan lawmakers busy passing bills

Dec 13th, 2013 - State News

Michigan lawmakers in Lansing were busy Thursday passing laws and making decisions before the end of the year.

They voted to let local governments allow or prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries in their communities. Other bills approved by the House clarify that patients can use non-smoking forms of marijuana and set the stage for pharmacy sales of the drug if the federal government signs off.

Legislation cracking down on perpetrators of human trafficking has passed the State Senate. Senator Judy Emmons is the main sponsor of the bills and says they would increase penalties for offenders and offer support for victims.

Bills requiring every public school in Michigan to have special injectors to treat allergic reactions are going to Gov. Snyder's desk. The bills will require schools to have two epinephrine devices starting next academic year. Schools can qualify for free EpiPens through a program being offered by a pharmaceutical company.

Lawmakers also voted to create a fund to sell the public on the benefits of hunting. The Michigan Wildlife Management Public Education Fund council would spend money on a media-based information program promoting the role that sportsmen and sportswomen play in furthering wildlife conservation. It is modeled on a Colorado program.

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