US Customs: marijuana, ammunition seizures up in Michigan

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Seizures of marijuana and ammunition at Michigan’s border with Canada have increased over the past year or so despite travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Detroit Field Office for U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Thursday that marijuana confiscated last year was up nearly 2,800% from fiscal year 2019. Fiscal year 2021 enforcement statistics show more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana, 240 pounds of cocaine, more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly three pounds of fentanyl were seized at ports of entry into Michigan.

The Detroit Field Office’s responsibilities include the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit Windsor Tunnel in Detroit and the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron.


Flint City Council approves measure allowing recreational marijuana for 8th ward facility

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 A medical marijuana shop in Flint is looking to add recreational pot use to its business.

At tonight’s city council meeting, members discussed approving a license for the local dispensary located in Flint’s 8th ward.

During the meeting, Councilman of the 8th ward, Dennis Pfiffer, stated that he was not in favor of granting the dispensary a license and believes that doing so will increase crime within his ward.

Other council members were not in agreeance with Pfiffer and immediately dismissed the idea of blocking the facility from being granted a license for sell of recreational use of marijuana, citing other marijuana facilities that are operating within the community with a lack of issues.


Michigan Collects $271 Million In Cannabis Tax Revenue Since 2019

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As the cannabis industry expands, Michigan can expect greater tax revenue. Since 2019, the state has collected about $271 million in adult-use marijuana tax revenue, a website called The Center Square reports:  In March 2021, the Michigan Treasury described what adult-use cannabis taxes collected in fiscal year 2020 will fund:

“Aside from the nearly $10 million in disbursements to municipalities and counties, around $11.6 million will be sent to the School Aid Fund for K-12 education and another $11.6 million to the Michigan Transportation Fund, upon appropriation. The remaining $12.5 million amount will be used toward start-up and administrative costs.”


Curbside service rules may change for marijuana businesses


Big Rapids officials consider changes to ordinance

Big Rapids city commissioners are considering changes to the city's marijuana ordinance that could eliminate curbside service for businesses in the downtown area.

During a meeting this week, community development director Paula Priebe told the board there is a proposed substantive change to the marijuana ordinance regarding curbside sales and dispensing that she wanted to present to the board for feedback.


Michigan's marijuana dispensary goes high-tech to provide bespoke customer experience


Pure Roots proprietary kiosks help customers select potency and make payment

It’s a start of a brand new year, and for marijuana dispensaries, January is special as it marks the national CBD awareness month.

"CBD is actually really good for medical benefits, I’ve been around the industry as a consumer long enough to see what it’s been able to do for people of legal age and older," said Haven Oraha, cannbis product shopper.


Michigan dispensaries offer free prerolls and weed discounts in exchange for donating toys for the holidays


A couple of Michigan cannabis dispensaries are in the spirit of giving back with clothing and toy drives this holiday season. They’re also offering discounts, giveaways, and free prerolls to anyone who makes a donation. So get your Christmas trees (we're talking cannabis, not pine, duh) while donating to families in need this holiday season.

If you want a free preroll, donate to the Toys for Tots drive at Pharmhouse Wellness in Grand Rapids until Dec. 23. Toys must be unopened and valued between $10 and $15. The company told the Metro Times they’ve gotten about 50 toys donated so far and have still have plenty of prerolls to give out, so get in while the getting's good.


Police allege duo planned to donate proceeds from illegal cannabis to hate group

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Woman and man in Michigan arrested for illegally manufacturing marijuana with intent to distribute.

Two members of the Brotherhood Forever in Michigan are alleged to have grown illegal cannabis in the state so they could provide at least some of the proceeds to fund another chapter of the group in Tennessee.

It is alleged the woman and man, both in their early 30s, “are associated with a federally classified hate group known as Brotherhood Forever, a group closely associated with the Aryan Nation,” notes a statement from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT).


Village of Dundee opts out of recreational marijuana indefinitely


Leaders in the Village of Dundee say they are willing to listen to proposals for recreational marijuana establishments in their boundaries, even as they unanimously voted to drop the sunset clause of the village's Prohibition of Marijuana Establishments Ordinance. On December 7, village council approved the re-adoption of the ordinance with an amendment that removed the sunset clause, which required them to re-adopt the ordinance every year. Dundee had been using the sunset clause as a way to keep the opt-out temporary, but Village Council President Andrea Hickey said the decision to remove the clause was made after the village almost missed its deadline to re-adopt the ordinance last year.


Greenville planners send marijuana rules to council

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Ordinances would permit medical marijuana but continue to prohibit adult-use

A series of ordinances that will regulate the commercial sale, growing, processing and more of medical and adult-use marijuana will now make their way to the Greenville City Council.

However, not everyone in the community — from residents to business owners both opposed and in favor of creating a commercial market of legal marijuana — is happy with the direction the city is going.

In April, the City Council sent four ordinances — two zoning ordinances and two regulatory ordinances — to the Planning Commission to be evaluated and reworked to the city’s liking for potential adoption into law.


Tax deductibles expanded for disabled veterans, financial reporting eased for marijuana facilities


Two bills signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will expand income tax deductions for disabled veterans and ease requirements for marijuana facilities. Senate Bill 25 will allow disabled veterans to deduct taxable income attributed to the cancellation or forgiveness of a student loan pursuant to the U.S. Department of Education’s Total and Permeant Disability Discharge Program.

"Our nation’s disabled veterans have served our country with honor and dignity, and this bill helps alleviate some of their financial burdens,” Whitmer said.

“I am proud to sign Senate Bill 25 to recognize the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families and help make their lives easier.”


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