Dems thwart vote to change Mich. medical pot law

Published On: Dec 14 2012 04:34:10 AM EST
Updated On: Dec 14 2012 06:17:07 AM EST
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STRINGER Mexico / Reuters

LANSING, Mich. -

Democrats in the Michigan Senate have declined to give Republicans enough votes to make changes sought to the voter-approved medical marijuana law.

The Senate late Thursday and early Friday at first failed to pass bills by a necessary three-fourths vote requiring patients to show photo identification to get a medical marijuana card and clarify the type of doctor-patient relationship needed before marijuana use could be certified. But enough Democrats relented during the marathon session and switched their votes.

The chamber approved bills dealing with criminal guidelines for patients or caregivers selling marijuana to unauthorized users and transporting open medical marijuana in vehicles.

Republican Sen. Rick Jones says it's strange Democrats would block legislation passed in the House with bipartisan support.

Senate Democratic spokesman Robert McCann says "Republicans are trying to go around the will of the people as we've seen them do far too often."

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