Most controversial youth-targeted cannabis ads in Michigan get the hook

Michigan has pulled its controversial anti-cannabis ad campaign following a public outcry from body image and cannabis activists alike, although one brief clip is still hanging on.

Most of the public service announcements backed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have disappeared from the department’s official YouTube channel.


Cannabis Supply Shortages Abound In Newly Established Recreational Markets

It seems that whenever a new recreational cannabis market rolls out, reports of exaggerated lines, product shortages, and store closures never seem to be far behind.


Legal Marijuana States Buying ‘Nasal Rangers’ Because Of Weed’s ‘Stinky Smell’

Residents in small towns hate the smell of marijuana, so they’re calling upon the Nasal Rangers to save them.

States with legal marijuana states struggle with illegal weed. This may seem paradoxical—how can something be illicit if it’s legal and regulated by the state?—but many longtime cannabis consumers want to avoid high taxes and fees associated with legal marijuana. That’s why they still buy weed from black market: it’s cheaper and there’s little to no consequence if a cop finds them in possession of marijuana. Last year, the Associated Press reported that 80% of all California marijuana deals still occur “under the table.”


Detroit-caused confusion over recreational marijuana prompts lawsuits

It was no surprise when Michigan began accepting applications from recreational marijuana businesses Nov. 1.

The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency in July recommended to communities that didn’t want recreational marijuana businesses to formally opt out by the time the application window opened.

“The release of the rules today provides local municipalities and prospective licensees with the information they need to decide how they want to participate in the new industry,” Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo said in a July 3 statement. “Since we plan to start taking business applications Nov. 1, stakeholders will have four months to evaluate these rules and make their decisions.”


Michigan OKs 3 businesses for home deliveries of marijuana

Three Michigan businesses that sell recreational marijuana have won the right to begin making home deliveries of pot.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says it’s approved home pot deliveries by Lit Provisionary in Evart, Battle Creek Provisioning in Battle Creek and Nature’s Releaf Burton in Burton.

Those three businesses are the first approved for adult-use home delivery in Michigan, which began allowing sales of recreational marijuana on Dec. 1 to adults age 21 and over, WOOD-TV reported.


Legal marijuana sales in Illinois and Michigan may spark tension among Midwest states

Retailers legally selling marijuana for the past month in Michigan say they have drawn customers from surrounding Midwestern states where the drug remains illegal and, as Illinois prepares to joins the recreational market on Wednesday, officials are renewing warnings to consumers against carrying such products over state lines.


Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry poised to grow exponentially in 2020

Marijuana, a plant derided by government and much of society for the better part of the last century, received a hearty welcome-back from Michigan in 2019.

When marijuana prohibition in Michigan ended and the doors to first few licensed recreational marijuana shops in Ann Arbor opened to customers on Dec. 1, some lines stretched nearly a quarter-mile.

Demand for legal, licensed, store-bought marijuana has been brimming in the shadows of the black market for years, Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo in late December told a room of entrepreneurs, lawyers, accountants, real estate agents and other professionals eager for a seat in the fledgling industry.


Ohioans are crossing border for Michigan marijuana, but police keeping an eye on state line

 From the back door of Michigan Supply and Provisions in Morenci, manager Coleman LaBarr said he could probably throw a football and hit the Ohio state line.

So it should come as no surprise that a large percentage of the customers at the marijuana retail shop that’s less than a quarter-mile north of the Ohio border cross state lines to buy marijuana products.

"We are the number one destination for out-of-state customers," LaBarr said.

Indeed, Brian Thienel, the regional director for the company which also hopes to open shopes in Ann Arbor, Emmett Township, Detroit and Grand Rapids, said that at least 50% of the shop's clientele comes from Ohio.


Michigan recreational marijuana sales top $3 million in 2 weeks

While the lines are shorter and the sales slightly less, Michigan’s recreational marijuana business remained brisk through its second week of existence.

In two weeks, the handful of licensed, actively selling retail locations have tallied $3.1 million in sales, the state Marijuana Regulatory Agency reports.

During the opening week of licensed recreational marijuana activity, predominantly at three Ann Arbor businesses between Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, there were $1.6 million in sales. Between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15, a week that kicked off with five recreational stores, shoppers made about $1.4 million in purchases.

The state has generated $515,051 in taxes, 6% sales and 10% excise.


What’s the real truth on legalized cannabis in Michigan?

Earlier this year we posted on what’s allowed and what isn’t. Since then, new questions have arisen, which we’re addressing here in this Q&A.

Michigan legalized the sale of cannabis for medical in 2008. To date, thirty-three states have enacted the same law.

Then last November, 57% of Michiganders who took part in the issue voted to legalize recreational marijuana sales. The election was certified in December and the law went into effect, ending marijuana's criminalization. Michigan became the 10th state to make the move. But officials have had a year to set up a system to issue licenses to sell to recreational retailers.


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