Michigan

Mon
30
Nov

Detroit City Council Approves Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

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The Detroit City Council approved an ordinance on Tuesday that will permit recreational marijuana retailers and other adult-use cannabis businesses to operate in the city. The ordinance, which includes provisions to ensure that at least half of recreational pot businesses are owned by city residents, was introduced last month by Councilmember James Tate.

On Tuesday, Tate said that the ordinance is the product of two years of work “to identify ways to make sure there’s success” for residents of the city. Currently, only four of Detroit’s 46 medical marijuana retailers are owned by people who live in the city.

Mon
30
Nov

The 10 Best U.S. Cities To Start A Cannabis Brand In Right Now

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Starting a cannabis business in the US takes a lot of planning, effort, and patience.

However, it’s doable if you choose the best US state for such a business.

According to some of the most recent statistics, the cannabis industry is among the fastest-growing industries globally.

Therefore, it’s a perfect time to start this type of business.

Cannabis state laws are becoming increasingly lenient, while the demand for recreational and medical cannabis has never been higher.

The best way to see just how great a cannabis business can be, take a look at the Toronto Cannabis Dispensary. 

If you want to start your cannabis dispensary, here are the ten best US states for such a business.

Fri
27
Nov

Marijuana shops raising funds to fight hunger in Kalamazoo

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(image: The Herbology sign outside of their new store in Kalamazoo, Michigan which opened on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com) Kendall Warner | MLive.com)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A chain of Kalamazoo-area cannabis shops are taking donations to help fight hunger in the community.

Herbology stores in Michigan, including its locations in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Bangor, are participating in “Feed the Block” a fundraising initiative to combat hunger issues in the community, according to a news release from Herbology.

The Kalamazoo-area dispensaries are partnering with Loaves and Fishes in Kalamazoo in the fight against hunger.

Thu
19
Nov

Michigan Man, Michael Thompson, Seeks Parole After Decades In Prison For Nonviolent Pot Offense

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A Michigan man who has spent a quarter of a century behind bars for a nonviolent marijuana offense could see a change in his fate this week as a parole board considers his release. Michael Thompson, a native of Flint, Michigan, was convicted in 1994 of selling three pounds of marijuana to an undercover police informant.

Tue
10
Nov

10 Best Places To Start A Cannabis Business in the U.S.

Starting a cannabis business in the US takes a lot of planning, effort, and patience.

However, it’s doable if you choose the best US state for such a business.

According to some of the most recent statistics, the cannabis industry is among the fastest-growing industries globally.

Therefore, it’s a perfect time to start this type of business.

Mon
09
Nov

Detroit-based television series will explore the world of cannabis

Detroit-based production company ASK-Y LLC is currently filming “Smokin’ Good,” a drama series set in the ‘world of cannabis.’

The series will follow August Good, portrayed by Shiek Mahmud-Bey, as he navigates his transition from the illicit cannabis market into the legal framework, notes a press release.

Fri
06
Nov

More Than Half Of US States Have USDA Approved Hemp Plans

After a flurry of activity, 27 US states now have hemp plans approved by the US Department of Agriculture.

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill saw hemp no longer classified a Controlled Substance, and the USDA was directed to approve hemp production plans submitted by states and Indian tribes to ensure hemp would be grown in harmony with the Bill and regulations set by the Department.

Wed
04
Nov

Why Social Equity Matters For Cannabis, And What States Are Doing About It

The means of commercially producing, selling, and profiting from cannabis are, so far, incredibly concentrated in the hands of white business owners.

Introduction to social equity

Let’s get one thing straight — the world needs cannabis. Even as far back as 485 BC (just about 1,500 years ago), Greek historian Herodotus described the pot- smoking rituals of ancient Scythians.

In China, archaeologists uncovered evidence of cannabis use dating back 2,500 years. When considered in this light, cannabis is a human right — and a sacred one at that.

What does all of this have to do with social equity in the cannabis industry here and now?

Wed
28
Oct

Michigan border sees 1,726% rise of marijuana seizures since last year

Despite the fact that both Michigan and Canada have legalized recreational marijuana, officials are reporting a sharp rise in illegally transported reefer this year.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they've seized more than 9,000 pounds of of the stuff this fiscal year, an increase of 1,726% from last year. And that doesn't even include 1 ton of chronic that was seized on Monday.

Christopher Perry, director of field operations for CBP Detroit, says it's due to the economic impact of the pandemic.

Tue
27
Oct

Detroit officials propose law allowing adult-use marijuana sales

In an effort to help Detroiters benefit from recreational marijuana legalization, Councilman James Tate — with the support of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan — is proposing an ordinance that would allow sales to adults in the city.

It's a significant departure from the city's position now, which allows medical marijuana businesses but prohibits recreational sales. It also is likely to face legal and political opposition as the city council takes up serious debate on the measure.

Tate, who also was identified as the architect of the plan and is a former Detroit Police Department deputy chief, and the mayor held a livestreamed news conference Monday at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to explain the proposal — and why they support it.

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