Michigan

Wed
14
Nov

Some Michigan communities say no to legal marijuana businesses

Some Michigan communities are already saying no to marijuana businesses after voters approved the use of the drug for people 21 and older .

The South Bend Tribune reports the Niles City Council in southwestern Michigan voted Monday to temporarily opt out of allowing retail marijuana sales in the city. Council members have said they’re waiting for the state to sort out rules and regulations for the sale of marijuana.

The Herald-Palladium reports the southwestern Michigan community of St. Joseph also is among those expected to opt out.

Wed
14
Nov

Michigan colleges will continue to ban marijuana on campuses

Marijuana will continue to be banned at several colleges and universities in Michigan, despite the passage of Proposal 1 that legalized recreational cannabis in the state.

The initiative succeeded at the polls in last week’s midterm election with more than 55 percent of the vote.

 

No Sparking Up For Spartans

Administrators at Michigan State University sent a letter to the campus community on Monday informing students and staff that the results of the election would not change the university’s policy on cannabis.

Tue
13
Nov

'Cannabis law' is a budding industry for Michigan attorneys

With the passage of Proposal 1 in last Tuesday's midterm election, Michigan attorneys are gearing up for an influx of people interested in the business side of the budding marijuana industry.

The doors seem to have swung wide open for marijuana businesses in Michigan. The excitement is there. But is the legal advice?

Cities across Michigan soon will have to develop local regulations and tax codes for marijuana businesses. All of this forthcoming motion into a new, highly sought-after industry also means attorneys will be weeding through hundreds of calls from new, potential clients who are looking to navigate the legal landscape of it all.

Tue
13
Nov

Michigan's recreational marijuana law should take effect next month

Local government and law enforcement officials in Michigan are beginning to digest the fact their state will be the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana use.

Proposal 1, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, passed easily in Tuesday’s elections. Michigan Secretary of State figures show the measure garnered a 55 percent vote in favor with 82 of 83 counties reporting as of Wednesday afternoon.

Mon
12
Nov

How Michigan could be paving the way for legalization in the Midwest

By a relatively wide margin, Michigan voters on Tuesday said “yes” to legalizing adult-use cannabis for adults, in a vote that spanned party lines and pushed against vehement opposition groups.

The adoption of the ballot proposal makes Michigan the 10th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older; and the first state in the Midwest to do so, with a margin of 56-44. In 2008, the state adopted a proposal to legalize the use of medical cannabis. So why did it take a decade for Michigan to go from medical to recreational marijuana?

Thu
08
Nov

Michigan: Marijuana attractions in the near future?

If you have a layover in Denver, 420 Airport Pickupwill take you to a marijuana dispensary, a place to get high and on a scenic tour before dropping you back off at Denver International Airport. 

Or there's the art studio where you can smoke pot while painting with acrylics; Kush and Canvases also offers a class on rolling sushi – and joints. On a Budz and Sudz tour, you can visit both craft breweries and a marijuana growing operation in Denver, riding a tour bus stocked with snacks. 

Thu
08
Nov

Michigan’s governor-elect may pardon those with marijuana-related convictions

Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan may pardon those with marijuana convictions after the state’s voters legalized recreational cannabis with the passage of Proposal 1 on Tuesday. Whitmer, who was chosen by voters in the midterm election, said in a press conference on Wednesday that she may use her executive powers to grant clemency to incarcerated marijuana offenders.

“I think that the people of Michigan have said that for conduct that would now be considered legal no one should bear a lifelong record for that conduct,” Whitmer said.

Wed
07
Nov

Michigan's medical marijuana licensing mess isn't over yet

It's still not over for the business owners and patients caught up in the medical marijuana licensing mess.

The next step will be on Friday in Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borello's courtroom. That's when the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board are scheduled to show cause justifying the shutdown of currently open marijuana businesses before Dec. 15. Last week, Borello issued a stay on an Oct. 31 deadline previously set by the MMMLB.

Fri
02
Nov

Supporters and opponents of recreational cannabis point to Colorado as Michigan prepares to vote on legalization

In the last six years nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. On Tuesday, Proposal 18-1 will allow voters to decide if Michigan will become the tenth state.

When debating the legalization of pot, supporters and the opposition often point to the states where it’s now legal.

Supporters say, the sky has not fallen and the states have actually benefited. The opposition paints a much more grim picture of the effects.

Tue
30
Oct

Michigan: Medical marijuana businesses without a state license will be shut down on Thursday

People in Michigan who use medical marijuana may have a difficult time getting their medicine after Thursday. Monday was the last day for medical marijuana businesses to potentially receive a state license.

That’s because the state board in charge of granting licenses held its final meeting before an October 31st deadline. Businesses that didn’t receive the state’s blessing will be shut down on Thursday.

Linda Smith’s Haslett business helps people get medical marijuana cards. She’s says the threat of shutdowns has her patients worried about getting their medicine. “There is a tremendous amount of anxiety on the part of the patients because they rely on the provisioning centers,” she says.

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