LANSING, MI (MPRN)-- A bill that passed in the state House Tuesday would make it a crime to operate a medical marijuana facility without a license.
Another portion of the bill would allow people with less than a 5-percent ownership in a medical marijuana business to skip a background check.
Opponents say this could open the door to “shady characters.”
Republican Representative Klint Kesto is a bill sponsor.
“I think even now, at any percentage, if people really wanted to circumvent the system, they will – shady characters always find a way. But we rely on the board, we rely on the state police, and we rely on them to do the work after.”
If passed, medical marijuana applicants would also no longer have to report bankruptcies, expunged crimes, indictments or arrests. The bill now goes to the state Senate.