Nessel creates new pot law work group

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    Attorney General Dana Nessel announced this week that her office is creating a new work group to examine laws and regulations related to recreational and medical marijuana.

    The group, led by Nessel, will be made up of law enforcement, attorneys specializing in marijuana issues and state officials with the goal of making recommendations to the Legislature, the state department in charge of marijuana regulation and law enforcement.

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    Attorney General Dana Nessel, April 16, 2019 | Susan J. Demas

    Their aim is to make sure that medical and recreational marijuana laws approved by voters in two separate ballot measures in 2008 and 2018 “are clarified and improved when necessary,” according to Nessel’s office.

    “We are working hard now to avoid the years of uncertainty, lawsuits, appeals and uncertainty that followed the enactment of Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act in 2008,” Nessel said in a statement. “With new laws and regulations on the books, particularly concerning recreational marijuana, I am confident this diverse group collectively has the knowledge, experience, and thus credibility to make recommendations that will be accepted and implemented by all involved.”

    Nessel appointed 15 members to the group, which held its first meeting in April. They include Andrew Brisbo, Bureau of Marijuana Regulation director, and Assistant Attorney Generals Robyn Frankel and John Pallas.

    In March, Nessel told the Advance she was in a work group with lawmakers dealing with the issue of expunging marijuana convictions.

    Michael Gerstein
    Michael Gerstein covers the governor’s office, criminal justice and the environment. Before that, he wrote about state government and politics for the Detroit News, the Associated Press and MIRS News and won a Society of Professional Journalism award for open government reporting. He studied philosophy at Michigan State University, where he wrote for both The State News and Capital News Service. He began his journalism career freelancing for The Sturgis Journal, his hometown paper.

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