As Michigan lawmakers are considering to regulate medical marijuana like alcohol, the provisions pose both an advantage and disadvantage to patients and business owners, respectively.

The provisions would inhibit marijuana business owners to own and operate related establishments. Patient advocate groups support this with the thought that blocking monopolies would remove middle men. With monopolies comes monopoly pricing, which could potentially increase current medical marijuana pricing. This would make getting medicine difficult for patients on low income.

Senator Rick Jones supports blocking monopolies to guarantee that medical marijuana can be available and affordable for every patients, even those with low income.

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