The University of Michigan welcomed passage of a ballot proposal amending the states Constitution to allow stem-cell research involving discarded embryos created for fertility treatment. The successful initiative, approved with about 53% of the vote in Tuesdays election, loosens what researchers complained was one of the countrys most restrictive laws on such inquiry.
This is a great day for the state that allows us to strengthen our life sciences sector and to advance critical medical research with energy and hope, Sean Morrison, director of the universitys Center for Stem Cell Biology, said in a statement.
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association took no position on the stem-cell proposal. The association did, however, join the Michigan State Medical Society and several other healthcare groups to oppose a ballot proposal legalizing medical marijuana, which voters approved by a comfortable margin. Hospitals and doctors warned the law would invite lawsuits over whether patients should be allowed to smoke the drug in smoke-free hospitals and doctors offices. More than 60% of Michigan voters made their state the 13th to allow use of marijuana for certain medical conditions. -- by Gregg Blesch