Michigan lawmakers eye lowering recreational marijuana working age to 18Posted by On

College-aged students interested in cannabis studies could soon be able to work with marijuana in the classroom setting under a bill currently before the House Regulatory Reform Committee.

House Bill 6061, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Coleman, D-Westland, would amend the state’s Marihuana Act to lower the minimum age to work with the substance in certain capacities from the current age of 21 to 18-years-old.

“Currently, people must be 21 to work in cannabis, and that doesn’t matter if it’s across the science aspect, cultivation, marketing, sales – several aspects to the industry,” Coleman said, when testifying to the legislation back in June.

Impetus for the bill, he added, came when in 2018 Michigan voters enacted the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act via citizen-led petition initiative making it the first state in the Midwest and the tenth state in the nation to legalize marijuana.

At that time, a majority of residents voted to make it legal for adults aged 21 and older to possess, use and grow their own marijuana.

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Under the legislation, a person 18-years-old or older would be allowed to possess, consume, purchase or otherwise obtain marijuana – while also being allowed to process, transport or sell it – but only if doing so as an agent of specified marijuana licensees. It would also open up the possibility for an 18-year-old to volunteer for work at a marijuana…

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