Governor signs Jones’ bill allowing landowners to ban growing, smoking of medical marihuana

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to allow landlords to ban tenants from growing or smoking medical marihuana in their rental properties.

“This is about helping ensure the safety of all renters and enabling landowners to protect their private property from destruction,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “We had two rental homes totally destroyed in my district after they were turned into greenhouses to grow marihuana without permission. With this new law, we are clarifying that growing medical marihuana doesn’t trump safety or private property rights.”

Senate Bill 72, now Public Act 546 of 2016, amends the voter-approved Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) to specify that landlords can include a prohibition on growing or smoking medical marihuana in a rental property’s written lease.

Jones said the new act codifies a related 2011 Attorney General opinion, which said that under the MMMA, “an owner of a hotel, motel, apartment building, or other similar facility” can prohibit the smoking and growing of marihuana.

“This law does not prevent patients from using non-smokable forms of medical marihuana, such as edibles, creams and oils,” Jones said. “We acted earlier this year to allow Michigan patients to use these non-smokable alternatives because they are safer.”