Sometimes Michigan’s state government relies on experts from the private sector to help guide public policy.
But what if the experts stand to profit from the advice they’re giving?
Take for example the panel that recommends which medical conditions allow people to qualify for medical marijuana cards.
Advising the government
Before the state approves a medical marijuana card, a doctor has to certify that the patient has a qualifying health condition. When the state considers new qualifying conditions, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel makes recommendations for or against them. Dr. David Crocker has served on that panel since 2012.