Michigan

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Marijuana is a billion dollar industry in Michigan, safety concerns loom

Michigan reported more than $10 million in marijuana sales on April 20, 2021, an unofficial holiday for marijuana enthusiasts, and single-day sales were up nearly 200% from 2020.

Experts said the $1 billion industry showed no sign on slowing down in Michigan, which became the first state in the Midwest to start selling recreational marijuana in December 2019.

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The cannabis tourist's guide to legal US states

As more and more states decriminalize cannabis and legalize recreational use for adults, cannabis tourism is on the rise. Much as one might sample Seattle's famous coffee scene or check out the craft beer in hop capitals like Denver, Colorado and Bend, Oregon, visitors to legal states are dipping a toe into the local culture and sampling regional varietals of bud.

But knowing what the rules about purchasing and consuming cannabis are in different states can be a little tricky. Just in the past year, a slew of new states have sprung for legal cannabis legislation, including Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota and New Mexico. 

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Why Michigan's cannabis 'clean slate' law doesn't go far enough

In 2018, Michigan voters approved legalizing cannabis for adults age 21 and older, including possession, use, and cultivation. But what about all the people with previous criminal records for the very same activity now deemed legal?

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Understanding the cannabis laws in Michigan

Cannabis is now legal in Michigan, but there are some hazy aspects of the new law. Let's clear the air and define what has become legal in the state and what was outlawed in 2020.

Both recreational and medical cannabis are legal in Michigan. The products for therapeutic purposes were legalized in 2008, making Michigan the 13th state that allows it for medical treatment. Cannabis for recreational use was passed in 2018. Its licensed sales started in 2019, and they're expected to grow this year.

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Here's how you can get your marijuana-related criminal convictions expunged in Michigan

More than two years after Michigan voters approved marijuana for adult use, residents convicted of many pot-related crimes that have now been legalized have an opportunity to expunge them from their records.

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Michigan To Introduce Bill That Bans Cannabis Billboards

A new bill to be introduced in Michigan would potentially stop cannabis businesses from being able to advertise on billboards. 

State Representative Mary Whiteford, a Republican based in Allegan County, is one of the co-sponsors of the bill, standing against cannabis billboards alongside Democratic State Representative Abdullah Hammoud out of Dearborn.

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New Rules Go Into Effect For Michigan Industrial Hemp Growers

Two years ago, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) established the state’s first Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot Program so farmers, processors, and colleges and universities could grow, handle, process, and research industrial hemp. The program continued into the 2020 growing season, with 631 growers and 517 processor-handlers registered and/or licensed to grow, process, and market industrial hemp.   The bill, sponsored by Senator Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway Township) set a lot of parameters for hemp growers.

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Michigan cannabis sales grow by 160 per cent year over year for month of February

The shortest month of the year proved to be a fruitful one for cannabis sales in the state of Michigan.

New data released from the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) shows that cannabis sales topped US$105 million in February, a 160 per cent year-over-year increase.

The MRA tracks sales figures for both medical and adult-use cannabis. Last February, medical cannabis sales outpaced recreational sales, US$25.7 million to US$14.8 million.

This February, however, medical sales totalled more than US$38 million and recreational sales grew to more than US$67 million.

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Michigan Cracks Down on Cannabis Banking Through Credit Unions

Michigan credit union just got penalized for working with cannabis businesses, despite the fact that this is a gray area for financial institutions. 

This is notable because it is thought to be the first time US regulators have publicly called out a financial institution for compliance issues connected to the cannabis industry.

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