Michigan marijuana legalization proposal does not contain protections against employee drug tests

Michigan voters will almost certainly legalize recreational marijuana this November. And while that may be a huge victory, it turns out the state will not have protections in place for legal marijuana users, writes Joseph Misulonas.


Michigan's medical marijuana gray area gets grayer

The state Medical Marihuana Licensing Board could not have handled setting up and rolling out the medical marijuana facility licensing system in a more ham-fisted manner. It seems as though the whole thing was set up by people who fear marijuana and don't want it to work.


Home delivery for medical marijuana? Michigan regulators consider it

It may not have a 30-minute guarantee, but medical marijuana patients may be able to get home delivery of their weed later this year.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs held a public hearing Monday on proposed rules governing medical marijuana. The biggest change in the rules is allowing for home delivery of cannabis for people with medical marijuana cards.

It’s an issue that has been contemplated by state regulators for months. “Now that the (Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation ) has had enough time to research the issue, we’ve decided that it is a benefit for the state’s patients and it can be done in a safe manner,” said David Harns, spokesman for LARA.


Three out of four Michigan communities have opted out of medical program

A recent survey found that three out of four communities in Michigan do not want cannabis businesses in their area.

The survey was conducted by the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. Township officials were polled about whether or not they’ve opted in or out of Michigan’s medical cannabis program. The survey found that 75 percent of officials had opted out of the program.

The survey was conducted online for the majority of communities and some by mail. There was a 70 percent response rate according to Tom Ivacko, the associate director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy.


Judge approves injunction against closing medical marijuana businesses

The state’s efforts to shut down nearly 100 medical marijuana dispensaries across the state until the businesses are approved for a license hit a speed bump Thursday when a state Court of Claims judge approved an injunction against the closures.

Judge Stephen Borrello granted a request for an injunction filed by attorney Denise Pollicella of Howell on behalf of the Montrowe dispensary. She said that new emergency rules by the state Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation that extend a closure deadline from Sept. 15 to Dec. 15 are unconstitutional because the rules treated different categories of medical marijuana businesses differently.

Pollicella said she tried to work with the state "and explain the position that they were putting responsible applicants in."


How a Michigan-made marijuana testing company went national

There have been a lot of people with dreams of making it big in the marijuana business. A few years ago investors were flooding into lawyers' offices seeking partnerships with locals, and the ideal was to figure out what worked so you could franchise it across the state — and ultimately across the nation.

That may still be how it works out, but it's been a bumpy ride up till now with Michigan's recalcitrant state government.

Iron Laboratories, LLC, a cannabis testing facility based in Walled Lake, was started by a group with a dream and a plan to expand into a national business. They got the good news that they were among the first businesses to be granted licenses by the state of Michigan. That's a huge step for Iron Labs.


98 Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries will have to shut down

Some medical marijuana dispensaries will get to stay open until Dec. 15, under new emergency rules adopted by the state Tuesday, while others will have to close.

According to the new rules, about 108 medical marijuana dispensaries that have been operating while they’re waiting for the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board to consider their application for a license will get to stay open until December. These are the dispensaries where owners got their initial applications in by Feb. 15, got approval from the communities where they are operating and submitted the second step of the application process by June 15.


What will recreational cannabis look like in Michigan?

Michigan voters will decide on November 6 whether or not recreational cannabis will be legal. Currently, observers from both the Republican and Democratic side expect the measure to pass.

In order to get recreational cannabis on the ballot, 252,523 valid signatures were required. This was surpassed with more than 277,300 valid signatures confirmed in April.

But what will recreational cannabis look like in Michigan if the vote passes?

Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative, otherwise referred to as Proposal 1, would allow adults aged 21 and older to possess and purchase cannabis.


Michigan makes progress with recreational marijuana ballot proposal

Board of State Canvassers to discuss proposed language Thursday.

Michigan's Board of State Canvassers will discuss proposed ballot language for marijuana legalization on Thursday.

The proposed language will have to be approved by the board before it goes on the November ballot.

In April, the board certified signatures gathered to put recreational marijuana on the November ballot. A group supporting legalization turned in more than 365,000 signatures from registered voters.


Michigan advances toward home delivery of medical marijuana

Obtaining marijuana could become as easy as ordering a pizza for medical marijuana patients in Michigan.

A rule proposed by the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation would allow provisioning centers to make home deliveries of marijuana to registered patients through an online ordering system.

The rule is in line with the goal of the state’s emerging medical marijuana industry to provide safe access to patients, especially those who do not live close to a provisioning center, said Andrew Brisbo, director for the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation.  “This isn’t a brand new issue,” Brisbo said. “We heard about it even during the promulgation of the emergency rules.”


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