Michigan lawmakers are expected to vote on two medical marijuana issues later this week, which could strengthen the state’s program.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville told reporters last week that he expects the full Senate to consider a measure that would allow individual communities to govern their own medical marijuana dispensaries, as well as one that would allow the sale of marijuana edibles and concentrates.

“I went and saw a dispensary in Detroit and what they’ve done there is incredible,” Richardville told The Lansing State Journal. “And I met with people who can’t smoke marijuana. There are some real positive things going on.”

Although admittedly skeptical about the healing power of medical marijuana, Richardville says his is now a believer based on what he has witnessed this year, while meeting patients across the state.

“There’s so much to learn about that topic, and I didn’t know a lot about it. And I didn’t realize how difficult smoking is for some people and the different ingestion techniques that are important to them,” Richardville told Michigan Radio.

Both measures have already passed through the House and Senate, and are expected to move to the full Senate on Wednesday.

Incidentally, these measures are expected to be heard a week prior to the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup in Flint.

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