LANSING — Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of legislation today creating a regulatory framework for medical marijuana:

“I was proud to support medical marijuana legislation that will give local government more control over dispensaries and ordinances. The bills also legalize edible marijuana, or ‘medibles,’ which provide individuals with high-quality, safe, alternative ways to ease suffering and provide relief.

“The package of bills is a great step forward in giving local government the tools they need to keep their communities safe, and patients the ability to be protected and know their rights.”