Michigan making medical marijuana easier to get through home deliveries
BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- The state of Michigan is making it easier for medical marijuana card holders to refill their prescriptions.
With this state approval, people suffering with illnesses or injuries now have the option to have their medicinal weed sent right to their door step rather than taking long drives to pick it up in person.
Theodora Sammartano, 59, suffers from diabetic neuropathy causing shooting and burning pain in her feet on a continuous basis for the past 15 years. Because of this, she is unable to drive.
“Because of my eyesight and my neuropathy I can no longer drive. So my husband works and I can only go when my husband takes me," Sammartano said.
When she finally gets that chance to refill her prescription, she'd have long drives ranging from 35 minutes to an hour and 45 minutes ahead of her.
“It’s going to open up a lot of doors a lot for me having delivery systems because there are days that I have to wait, there’s days that I sit here in pain because there’s nobody to take me up there," Sammartano said.
Michigan law makers are allowing provisionary centers who apply and meet certain criteria to offer delivery services.
Centers would be able to deliver up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana per patient for up to 10 deliveries at a time.
This option is one Sammartano never expected after making her move from Indiana to Michigan to simply buy.
“I wasn’t expecting this, I'm kind of at a loss for words. It’s going to open up the doors for someone who really can’t care for themselves or do the things they need to do.”
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says there is no set timeline on when delivery could start. Officials do say, however, the faster applications and credentials are met, the faster the business can begin offering that option.