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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

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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

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 

Teens had Airsoft guns in fatal marijuana robbery, police say

6/8/17--Ronald Smith, 28, joins four others awaiting trial or plea deals for their alleged involvement in the botched marijuana robbery that saw 17-year-old De'Quaris Essex fatally shot. Smith is charged with an open count of murder and one count felony firearm. Read

Marijuana legalization effort condemned by Ottawa County leaders

5/25/17--As Michigan voters prepare for another marijuana legalization campaign, Ottawa County leaders are saying their community is not on board with the apparent trend of pro-marijuana fervor. The county's Board of Commissioners approved a resolution opposing legalization of the drug in Michigan. Although a potential vote on marijuana legalization is still more than a year away, Ottawa County leaders want to be proactive in voicing their position on the issue. Read

New Electric Kanna Karnival event seeks to normalize medical marijuana

5/12/17--The two-day Electric Kanna Karnival, a new festival at Auto City Speedway, aims to bring a carnival atmosphere, and organizers hope an acceptance of medical marijuana usage. Tony Butler, the event's organizer, said carnival rides are part of the gathering as well as medicating areas for those with their medical marijuana cards. Additionally, a doctor will be on hand to provide certifications and recertification. The event is open to those 18 years of age and older. Read

Charter ‘half baked’ on medical marijuana, says Kalamazoo city attorney

4/14/17--According to City Attorney Clyde Robinson, a medical marijuana amendment to the Kalamazoo city charter was "half-baked' when approved by voters in 2012. Robinson said he isn't sure the coalition's amendment is in the best interest of the city. The citizen-initiated ballot proposal in Kalamazoo passed by nearly a 2-1 margin. However, Gov. Rick Snyder disapproved of the charter, saying it was inconsistent with state law at the time. Read

Poll shows support for legalizing recreational marijuana in Michigan

2/10/17--A new poll shows voter support for marijuana reform, giving legalization advocates high hopes for change in Michigan law. It shows 57 percent of the 600 people surveyed said they would definitely vote yes, probably vote yes, or lean toward voting yes on a ballot question about legalizing marijuana in Michigan with certain conditions. Read

Senate to clear up issues around medical marijuana edibles, dispensaries

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-7-39-20-am9/8/16--The Michigan Senate on Thursday moved suddenly to legalize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and non-smokable forms of the drug, discharging the bill from committee consideration and taking it up on the floor. Read