Advocates Entreat Michigan Officials To Deem Cannabis Essential

A group representing cannabis companies in Michigan is pleading with the state’s governor to classify marijuana as an “essential item” during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a letter Wednesday to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association asked for the reclassification, which it said would also include “designating state licensed growers, processors, safety compliance facilities, secure transporters and provisioning centers essential businesses to ensure our industry is able to meet the needs of patients.” 

The Michigan Cannabis Industry Association represents nearly 200 licensed marijuana businesses in the state, according to The group also called on Whitmer to permit physicians to see patients via telecommunications.

“Studies have shown that cannabis can reduce anxiety and stress and we believe continued access to this product during this time is pertinent,” the letter said. “More importantly, patients with cancer, AIDS, chronic pain, seizures and pediatric patients have reduced or replaced pharmaceuticals, including opiates, with medical cannabis. Our medical system needs to be available to prioritize the coronavirus pandemic and must not be bombarded by medical marijuana patients returning for traditional treatment in the case they lose access to their medical cannabis.”

“To further reduce the risk of exposure we respectfully request that

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