Sen. Jones: Felons need to be banned from dispensing medical marijuana

LANSING — State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, is currently working on two pieces of legislation concerning the lax regulation of medical marijuana.

According to Jones, the first measure would ban anyone convicted of a felony from distributing medical marijuana, while the other would ban marijuana from being dispensed within 1,000 feet of a school or a church.

The Michigan State Police have reported the arrests of two convicted felons during a recent drug raid on a Lansing marijuana clinic. Both employees of the Evolve Medical Marijuana Services were jailed on charges.

After investigating the matter, Jones learned that one of the felons was convicted of homicide. Previously, Jones debated the owner of the Williamston medical marijuana club on public television. The owner stated he was convicted of distributing cocaine. He was later arrested and is currently facing charges.

“If marijuana is to be distributed as medicine then felons have no business selling it,” Jones said. “I have received numerous complaints of dispensaries opening up next to schools and churches, where many youngsters receive their education. This is a bad influence on children. Many churches also run drug rehab programs. It is time for these dispensaries to be cleaned up.”