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Jai Williams

Medical cannabis patients in Michigan could soon have access to home delivery services, according to an Associated Press report. The change was proposed this week by medical cannabis regulators in the state; the proposal would allow both online ordering and home delivery for medical cannabis products.

There will be a public hearing in September where citizens can weigh in on the potential rule change.

Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, said that regulators hope the change will improve access for people who live far away from any licensed retailers. Additionally, elderly patients or patients who are too ill to travel would certainly benefit from home delivery services.

Rick Thompson, editor and publisher of the Michigan Cannabis Industries Report, said that the change would be “crucial” for some patients.

Michigan voted to legalize medical cannabis for specific, chronic conditions in 2008. Earlier this year, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs added 11 new ailments to the list of qualifying conditions — in a boon for the industry, chronic pain, the most frequently cited condition for medical cannabis access in the world, was included on that list.

Later this year, voters will decide whether or not to legalize adult-use cannabis throughout the state.

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