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Hearings To Revise Medical Marijuana Law Begin

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Lawmakers are working to tighten the state's medical-marijuana law after the state's attorney general and others said the law was full of loopholes.

Attorney General Bill Schuette is leading the charge to revamp the medical marijuana law.

The house judiciary committee opened hearings on ways to reduce criticism of the law Thursday.  

"It can't be over Skype. It can't be a ten minute interview, 'What's your problem...and OK you qualify.' There has to be a physical exam and records kept and from that point on a doctor patient relationship..a legitimate one," said Tim Beck, medical marijuana law author.

A representative from the prosecuting attorney's association is signing off on the reforms and rejects the criticism that some prosecutors were overzealous in hauling users into court and frustrated by the poorly written law.

"I don't think there was frustration by the prosecutors. I think they've been very fair," said Ken Stecker, prosecuting attorney.

"Have I seen police harassment with my friends? Yes," said Chris Gault. 

These laws will restrict that. The goal is to clean up the confusion for everyone.

"The implementation has been so poor for the last four years with problems at every level. As a conservative republican I want to make this clear for the patient, the doctor, the caregiver, the police and local government. I think that this improves the situation," said John Walsh. 

The committee hopes to vote on the bills before the end of March.

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