LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MediSwipe Inc. ( www.MediSwipe.com ) ( MWIP), a patient security solutions and financial products company for the medicinal marijuana and health care industry, today announced after the trading session on February 19th, the state of Michigan introduced new proposed legislation titled as House Bill 4271 outlining new requirements for Michigan's medical marijuana statewide program.
A Republican state lawmaker introduced the bill yesterday that would allow individual cities to decide how medical marijuana caregivers and provisional centers could continue to operate within their boundaries. Under the bill, municipalities could also set up regulations covering the location of centers and possibly institute other operational rules.
The proposal by Rep. Mike Callton comes just two weeks after the state Supreme Court essentially ruled that patient to patient dispensaries are illegal under Michigan's medical marijuana laws, a devastating decision that could force all of the estimated 75-100 dispensaries currently operating to close. What's particularly encouraging about the HB 4271 is that it has an unusually high level of bipartisan support: Eight Democrats and eight Republicans are cosponsoring the measure. This renewed support and clearly defined guidelines within the proposal now provides a meaningful chance at passage over a similar one that lost ground in committee last year.HB 4271 suggests a secure patient identification system that MediSwipe has already developed via a HIPAA and PCI Compliant system as outlined in Section 10: "A provisioning center shall ensure compliance with the dispensing limit under subsection (9) by maintaining internal, confidential dispensing records that specify the amount of medical marihuana dispensed to each registered qualifying patient and registered primary caregiver and whether it was dispensed directly to the registered qualifying patient or the registered primary caregiver." Further, Section 10 also requires all entries to include date and time of when medical marijuana is dispensed to the patient or caregiver which falls in line with the data collection that will be incurred by the EMR system developed by MediSwipe.