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Michigan to use $20M in marijuana tax revenue on medical research after all

3/11/21--The Marijuana Regulatory Agency and state Treasury last week outlined how the state would disburse nearly $45 million accrued in tax, application, licensing and renewal revenue from recreational marijuana sales. $20 million was designated to fund clinical trials focused on treating veterans for pain and PTSD with marijuana, and to study the plant’s effects on suicide rates among military personnel, which are nearly 50% higher than among the general public. Read

Broad-spectrum extract tea maker accused of false THC claim

2/8/21--Total Life Changes of Fair Haven, Michigan, has been sued by a New Jersey man who says the company’s instant Iaso Tea is “intentionally misleading the general public” by carrying a label that says it “contains 0.0% total THC as evidenced through independent laboratory tests.” Read

Edibles outperform cannabis industry growth in 2020 on COVID-spurred sales surge

1/11/21--Sales of edibles skyrocketed across the nation in 2020 as consumers shied away from inhalable forms of cannabis during the COVID-19 pandemic in favor of more discreet consumption methods. The surge is prompting edibles manufacturers to invest in research and development and new product lines for 2021. Read

Lobbyist Steve Tilley worked to steer marijuana money to Jason Kander tiny home project

12/30/20--Among former House Speaker Steve Tilley’s lengthy list of lobbying clients is the Kansas City-based Veterans Community Project. The president of national expansion for the Veterans Community Project, former Secretary of State Jason Kander, confirmed that his organization’s lobbying firm was present during meetings with Parson when they pitched their desire to use state funding for the St. Louis site to build 50 homes to help former military personnel. Read

Black delays decision on cannabis suit

12/31/20--26th Circuit Court Judge Ed Black heard arguments from Sean Gallagher, attorney for Alpena businessman Bob Currier, who asked Black to prevent the city from moving forward with the development of the two businesses while the court addresses a lawsuit filed by Currier. At least another week is needed before Alpena city officials will know if they can proceed with their plan to establish two medical marijuana provisioning centers in Alpena. Read

Notification of medical marijuana product recall

9/17/20--The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) is issuing a health and safety advisory bulletin due to marijuana flower which failed safety compliance testing for total yeast and mold in July and August 2020. The test results for all the affected products failed testing standards for the medical market but passed testing standards for the adult-use market. Read

Local doctor sees increase in toddler pot overdoses

8/25/20--Dr. Erica Michiels, associate medical director pediatric emergency department at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, says though it’s legal, the marijuana of today is not the pot of past decades. Michiels says she’s seeing more and more kids getting a hold of more THC than their growing bodies can handle. Read

House passes bill easing restrictions on medical marijuana licenses for state employees’ spouses

6/25/20--The Michigan House of Representatives recently passed a bill to allow spouses of state employees to obtain licenses for medical marijuana businesses. HB 5700 aims to amend the state’s Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act which currently prohibits state employees, any elected official and their spouses to be licensed in the commercial medical marijuana industry. Read

Cannabis in Michigan: New report documents trends before recreational legalization

6/4/20--This report documents everything from who’s using cannabis in the state of Michigan for medical and recreational purposes, to downstream effects including motor vehicle crashes, emergency department visits and criminal justice cases. It aims to provide a baseline for future studies on the impact of state-level recreational cannabis legalization that occurred in late 2018, and to inform future policies and public health messaging. The report also includes a wide range of findings compiled from original research and official sources. Read

Michigan is smoking more marijuana than any other state during coronavirus pandemic, survey says

3/23/20--According to a Twitter survey, Michigan residents are smoking marijuana more than any other state during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Analysts used trends software with direct access to geotagged twitter data to arrive at the conclusion. Overall, the southern half of the U.S. has the most activity when it comes to smoking marijuana, with the exception of Michigan, which was the number one state overall. Read

Recall issued for vape cartridges sold at Detroit, Bay City dispensaries

3/21/20--A recall has been issued for vape cartridges sold to medical marijuana patients in Detroit and Bay City. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency says Vitamin E Acetate was found in several vape cartridges that failed safety compliance testing in December 2019 and February 2020. This recall also includes vape cartridges that did not have the required Vitamin E Acetate testing completed. Read

Recreational marijuana shop opens near University of Michigan

3/13/20--High Profile, a new retailer serving recreational and medicinal marijuana, is open near the University of Michigan. Brothers and UM alumni Ankur and Vishal Rungta, and their friend, Joel Ruggiero, started the umbrella company C3 Industries in 2016 to produce marijuana in its 35,000-square-foot production facilities in Oregon and Webberville, Michigan. Read  

Clinton Township marijuana election issue heats up

3/3/20--With one week to go before the election, the campaign over whether to allow recreational marijuana in Clinton Township is heating up. Clinton Township voters will decide during the March 10 presidential primary whether to approve amendments to a township ordinance that would "authorize and limit the type and number" of marijuana establishments allowed," and asks voters if the proposal should be adopted. Township officials have twice opted out of allowing recreational pot. Read

Marijuana recalls hurt business, local dispensary shares tips to trust product

2/15/20--Four recalls had been issued by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency in the first months of the new year. Local business owners said it was impacting their business and worrying customers. According to Tom Farrell, co-founder and president of The Refinery, there are ways to guarantee a product is safe. Read

Grand Haven wants feedback on proposed marijuana ordinances

1/20/20--The Grand Haven city council is expected to host a public hearing Monday on two ordinances where residents will be able to share their thoughts on medical marijuana ordinances in the city. The hearing will focus on establishing five new land uses related to medical marijuana establishments, as well as laying the groundwork for permit rules for those who decide to open up shop in the city. Read  

20 reasons Michigan recreational marijuana businesses could be denied a license

10/29/19--Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency begins accepting applications for recreational marijuana businesses Friday, Nov. 1. However, before opening their doors, there are 64 pages of rules, and prior to one of the state’s 15 analysts look at an application, a nonrefundable $6,000 processing fee must be paid. Read

Marijuana Regulatory Agency releases new rules for Michigan Medical Marijuana Act

10/30/19--According to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA), the new rules for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) will lower the registry card application fee by 33% while eliminating fees associated with processing updates or replacing marijuana registry cards. Read

Ann Arbor business is first to apply for recreational marijuana license

11/2/19--Just after midnight, the state of Michigan started to except applications for a recreational marijuana business license and have received several dozens. Exclusive Brands in Ann Arbor was the first business to apply for a license. They got past the first hurdle and were pre-qualified. Read

Some Wayne County residents to vote on marijuana, millages, mayors on Tuesday

11/2/19--Residents in some Wayne County municipalities will vote for mayor, city council, judge, library board, school board and proposals. In Allen Park, a proposed ordinance would limit the number of state-licensed marijuana establishments within city limits. Read

Here’s what you need to know about Michigan’s new recreational marijuana rules

7/9/19--Last Wednesday, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency released emergency regulations for businesses planning on entering the recreational marijuana retail marketplace. This article outlines some key points about these regulations. Read

Mother’s Day gets lit with pot gift baskets

5/10/19--Several licensed marijuana provisioning centers in Metro Detroit are looking to offer Mother's Day gift baskets packed with fruit-flavored marijuana flower, chocolate edibles, and CBD-infused bath bombs, moisturizers and scrubs. Although only medical marijuana cardholders can purchase the baskets, recreational legalization opens the way for patients to gift them to their loved ones. Read

Grubhub for weed: Detroit marijuana dispensaries launch delivery service

5/10/19--According to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, three licensed dispensaries or provisioning centers are now able to provide a delivery service service legally: Utopia Gardens LLC in Detroit, Lake Effect Group LLC in Portage, and BotaniQ in Detroit. Patients are required to have their medical marijuana card verified and the product can only be delivered to the address on the card. Read

Marijuana is legal now, but Southeast Michigan employers aren’t relaxing drug screening policies

5/12/19--Drug test failures for marijuana use have risen nationally, but failures are more pronounced in the states that have legalized recreational use of the drug. Yet, despite increased drug test failure rates, there are companies that don't plan to create different policies for their safety-related, federally mandated workforce, and their white collar office workers not covered by federal rules. Read

Marijuana in Michigan: Doobie’s Tavern puts small town in a cannabis conundrum

3/8/19--Cynthia Bell and Mike Karl, of Eaton Rapids, recently opened Doobie's Tavern, a marijuana social club with a strict BYOB (bring your own bud) policy. However, Doobie's has also raised concerns among residents in Elsie, which has a population of fewer than 1,000 people, that their community will never be the same. Read

List of Michigan communities that have opted out of recreational marijuana businesses

3/12/19--Although recreational marijuana became legal in December, more than 200 communities across the area have already notified the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs that they will not allow recreational marijuana businesses in their area. Every city has the right to opt out of commercial businesses for recreational marijuana. Here is a list of each community in each county that has opted out of selling marijuana. Read

Nearly 300 Michigan towns just say no to marijuana businesses

2/22/19--As part of the Nov. 6 ballot proposal, communities have to take a vote to  ban recreational marijuana businesses in their borders, and nearly 300 communities across Michigan have voted to prohibit those businesses, according to an unofficial list compiled by the state's Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department, which is charged with creating the rules and regulations covering the legal weed market. Read

Can I smoke weed on my lunch break? What Michigan workers should know about recreational marijuana

2/14/19--Although marijuana is legal in Michigan, many employees are likely to face strict workplace policies and still run the risk of being fired. That's partly because the federal government still considers marijuana to be a controlled substance. For employers, whether they do business with the federal government or not, the legal landscape is rife for complicated interactions with their workers. Read

Qualifying conditions of medical marijuana license holders in the United States

2/1/19--Chronic pain is currently and historically the most common qualifying condition reported by medical marijuana patients. According to a conducted analysis by Kevin F. Boehnke, Saurav Gangopadhyay, Daniel J. Clauw, and Rebecca L. Haffajee, 85.5 percent of all patient-reported qualifying conditions had either substantial or conclusive evidence of therapeutic efficacy. As medical marijuana use continues to increase, creating a nationwide patient registry would facilitate better understanding of trends in use and of its potential effectiveness. Read

What drives patients to use medical marijuana: Mostly chronic pain

2/4/19--A new study seeks to understand whether people are using medical marijuana for evidence-based reasons. According to the report consisting of a comprehensive review of 10,000 scientific abstracts on the health effects of medical and recreational marijuana use, there was conclusive or substantial evidence that chronic pain, nausea, and vomiting due to chemotherapy, and multiple sclerosis (MS) spasticity symptoms were improved as a result of marijuana treatment. Read

Worrisome statistics around medical cannabis users operating vehicles

1/9/19--More than half of people who take medical marijuana for chronic pain say they've driven under the influence of marijuana within two hours of using it, at least once in the last six months, according to a new study lead by Erin E. Bonar, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and a practicing clinical psychologist at the U-M Addiction Treatment Services. Read

Milford Village Council expected to prohibit recreational marijuana businesses

12/10/18--Milford Village Council is expected to pass an ordinance that will prohibit the retail sale of recreational marijuana. On Dec. 3, the ordinance amendment aiming to prohibit the retail sale of recreational marijuana was introduced to council. A second reading, and formal adoption, is expected at the council meeting, according to Village Manager Christian Wuerth. Read

Inside Michigan’s first medical marijuana mega growing operation

12/10/18--VB Chesaning, the first licensee under the Michigan Medical Facilities Licensing Act, has converted an old dairy farm into 20,000 square feet of space for growing, manufacturing, and packaging marijuana for medical use — and they’re still expanding. It holds permits to grow up to 6,000 marijuana plants at one time. Their product isn’t available for direct sale to the public. Rather, it is purchased by licensed retailers, who then sell it to medical marijuana patients. Read

State approves license for one Lansing medical marijuana dispensary

12/7/18--The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' Medical Marihuana Licensing Board approved the state operating license application for HG Lansing. Lansing's medical marijuana ordinance limits the number of dispensaries that can operate citywide to 25. Read

TV stations pulled anti-legalization ads ahead of midterm marijuana votes, advocates say

11/12/18--In the run-up to Election Day, at least two Michigan television stations pulled political ads promoting false claims about the state’s ultimately successful marijuana legalization measure. The ads, paid for by prohibitionist committee Healthy and Productive Michigan (HAPM), attempted to stoke fears about legalization, incorrectly claiming that the initiative would allow for “unlimited potency” cannabis products. Read

Michigan voters approve marijuana legalization

11/6/18--Voters in Michigan have opted to make their state the next to legalize marijuana. A ballot measure to replace marijuana prohibition with a legal and regulated system of cultivation and sales was approved by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent. The measure will allow adults over 21 to possess, grow, and use small amounts of marijuana legally. Read

Rick Steves to hold marijuana legalization talks in Michigan

9/26/18--Rick Steves, host of the hit PBS series “Rick Steves’ Europe” and prominent marijuana policy reform advocate, will be holding talks across Michigan to discuss the benefits of legalizing and regulating marijuana, and how world travel has shaped his views on the issue. Read

5 things to know about Michigan’s proposal to legalize marijuana

9/11/18--A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan will be on the ballot this November, ten years after the state voted to legalize marijuana for medical use. The proposal received an estimated 277,370 signatures and certified by the Board of State Canvassers in April. Now, it's one of three proposals that Michigan voters will decide on in November.  Read

Michigan voters poised to approve recreational marijuana proposal

9/11/18--Michigan voters are poised to approve a ballot proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in the state this November, according to a WDIV/Detroit News poll. By a margin of 56.2 percent-38.0 percent, Michigan voters support legalizing recreational marijuana. Only 5.8 percent of voters remain undecided. Read

98 Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries will have to shut down

9/11/18--98 dispensaries that submitted initial applications by February 15, but didn’t submit the second step of the application in a timely manner or at all, will get cease and desist orders next week and must shut down. If they continue operating, the owners risk not being able to get a license at all. Read

Autism, 10 other medical issues, now qualify patients for medical marijuana

7/9/18--People with autism may now legally use medical marijuana to treat their condition under new rules approved by a Michigan regulatory agency. Autism was one of the 11 new medical issues state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Shelly Edgerton approved Monday for inclusion on the list of debilitating medical conditions that can qualify someone for a medical marijuana license. Read

Michigan officials close 40 medical marijuana businesses

3/16/18--Michigan officials have shuttered 40 medical marijuana businesses that were operating without valid licenses and they're expected to warn hundreds of others that they could be next. The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs started the process of closing down facilities Thursday. Read

Medical marijuana ordinance tabled

12/2/17--Amidst mounting opposition and political strife on a proposed medical marijuana facilities ordinance, the Camden Village Council took no action on the issue Thursday night after a public hearing and open discussion with members of the community. It is unknown the council will discuss the ordinance in the future. Read

Is recreational marijuana about to be legalized in Michigan?

11/27/17--Members of the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol believe recreational marijuana is about to be legalized in Michigan. State lawmakers, however, weigh in both ways on the issue. Earlier this month, the coalition turned in several cases of signed petitions to get the referendum either approved, or placed on a ballot for voters to decide. About 350,000 people signed the petitions, nearly 100,000 above the 252,000 signatures the state requires for the proposal to be looked at. Read

Michigan welcomes mega medical pot growers, but Legislature wants more limits

10/30/17--While the state of Michigan has given the green light to mega growers of medical marijuana, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers wants to put the brakes on big grow operations. A bill introduced last week would limit growers to only two licenses at a single medical marijuana facility and only allow one grower to operate a facility. Read

Detroit’s medical marijuana laws could change in November

10/19/17--Local religious and community leaders are joining forces in Detroit to protest two medical marijuana proposals slated for the November ballot that they say will undo city rules that keep dispensaries away from places like churches and parks. If Detroiters vote yes on the ballot initiative, it would essentially eliminate the city council's March ordinance that regulated the nearly 283 dispensaries in the city. Read

Subway restaurant sold marijuana along with sandwiches, Michigan police say

10/13/17--Police busted what they say was a marijuana selling operation inside a Subway restaurant in Highland Park, Michigan. Police used a tracking dog and found a small amount of pot inside the manager’s car outside. The dog also found a big stash inside. The restaurant was closed after the arrests. Read

Police seize 55 pounds of marijuana from home

10/12/17--Following an investigation, police seized more than 50 pounds of medical marijuana and 31 marijuana plants at a Minden Township home. The investigation was a follow-up on violations of medical marijuana laws discovered during a separate criminal event in May, and resulted in a search warrant for those same properties located in the 8000 block of Maurer Road. Read

Michigan raids lead to closure of 8 medical marijuana dispensaries

10/5/17--Eight medical cannabis dispensaries were raided and forced to close in northern Michigan. According to Traverse City Police Chief Jeff O’Brien, the raids were executed simultaneously after a monthlong investigation involving undercover officers who bought medical marijuana at the dispensaries despite not having “a patient-caregiver relationship.” Though no arrests were made, law enforcement agents seized cash, medical marijuana, cannabis plants, edibles, and wax. Read  

Northern Michigan University – The first in U.S. to train undergrads for marijuana industry

9/21/17--Northern Michigan University in Marquette is the first college to offer an undergraduate major in medicinal plant chemistry, starting this fall. According to associate chemistry professor Brandon Canfield, the classes will focus on cannabis chemistry. Students will also be looking at the separation and analysis of the cannabinoids, and the various terpenes present in cannabis and other compounds present in other plants. There are 12 students enrolled in the program’s inaugural semester this fall, but that’s expected to change. Read

All-in-one medical marijuana facilities to be allowed under new rules

9/21/17--A new medical marijuana facility licensed by the state will be able to grow, process, and sell medical marijuana at the same location, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced. The legislature last year passed legislation to legalize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, but left some particulars up to the departmental rulemaking process. Read

Plymouth town meeting issues include marijuana sales

9/15/17--Town meeting members will decide whether to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana in certain parts of town. The board of selectmen is sponsoring two measures that would restrict the selling of recreational marijuana to industrial parks. Two other measures, submitted by petition of town meeting member Steven Striar, offer other potential locations for recreational marijuana sales and propose amending the town bylaws to include definitions related to recreational marijuana. Read

Marijuana shops near liquor stores, churches in Detroit? Voters to decide in November

9/15/17--Two initiatives that would amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance to allow dispensaries to open near liquor stores and grow facilities to operate legally will appear on the November ballot. If approved by voters in November, the changes could have a wide-reaching impact on the city's budding marijuana industry. Read

Medical marijuana growers, more sought for state work groups

8/23/17--The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation is forming five stakeholder work groups to provide policy suggestions on a new law that will license medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan. A series of medical marijuana changes passed into law last year aimed to clear up legal gray areas within the original law, which voters initiated in 2008. Part of the package specifically authorized medical marijuana dispensaries. Read

Proposal would shut down all medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan

8/23/17--A proposal by a member of the state's Medical Marijuana Licensing Board has dispensary owners worried about their ability to get a license. Board member and retired Michigan State Police Sergeant Don Bailey said dispensaries should close their doors until the state makes license applications available. Bailey's proposal could not force dispensaries to close, but if they don't it would prevent them from getting a license this winter. Read

Michigan cannabis legalization advocates have raised half a million dollars to get on 2018 ballot

8/21/17--A proposal that appears likely to go before voters next year would make Michigan the ninth state to legalize the drug for recreational use. Adults 21 and older could possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants at home. A 10 percent tax on marijuana would be assessed, in addition to the 6 percent sales tax. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol says it has collected 200,000 signatures in three months. It needs about 252,000 valid signatures in a six-month window. Read

Second Michigan recreational marijuana campaign gets OK

8/18/17--A second – and now competing – campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan has gotten the go-ahead from state officials to begin collecting signatures in a bid to make the 2018 ballot. The campaign, Abrogate Prohibition Michigan, was approved by the state board of canvassers to move ahead with its goal of 315,654 signatures, the Detroit Free Press reported. Read

Weedmaps brings pro-marijuana billboards to Michigan

8/17/17--Weedmaps, a marijuana-related firm, is bringing its own “weedfacts” to Michigan during an ongoing petition drive seeking to put a marijuana legalization question on the 2018 statewide ballot. The California-based company is paying for 22 pro-pot billboards in the Lansing region, 12 around Ann Arbor, and six in Metro Detroit as part of an international campaign also targeting six other states and Canada. The billboards feature selective statistics showing unchanged youth use, increased tax revenue, theft reductions and other developments in states that have already legalized weed. Read

Marijuana mapping company puts up pro-legalization advertisements in Michigan

8/12/17--Weedmaps, a mapping and technology service for dispensaries and other marijuana services nationwide, has invested in digital and physical advertising in three Michigan cities to tout the benefits of legalized marijuana. The Californina-based company recently started a public education campaign called WEEDFACTS to "provide communities with credible, verifiable facts about the benefits of legal marijuana" and start discussion around the issue, a company spokesperson said. Read

Michiganders could keep enough marijuana for 880 joints under proposal

7/27/17--A group called the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is circulating a petition to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan. Under the petition, Michigan residents could legally carry 2.5 ounces of marijuana, or possess 10 ounces of marijuana at home. Read 

Holly considers medical marijuana facilities

7/13/17--The Holly Village Council held its second study session on the matter of whether to allow medical marijuana facilities in its community. A public hearing will take place at the Aug. 22 Village Council meeting. If Holly Village were to allow medical marijuana facilities, the community would not only get $5,000 per license issued, they would also receive a significant amount of funds via the 3 percent excise tax. Yet, the council is split at this point. Apparently, there are a few on board and a couple that are dead set against it. Read