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Fri
17
Jun

Michigan bill would allow people under 21 to work in weed industry

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Committee members raised questions about the risk that younger workers could begin consuming cannabis.

Thu
09
Jun

Study: Can hemp fiber be used in auto industry?

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The Hemp Alliance of Tennessee is leading a study on the feasibility of the production of hemp fiber in the state. The organization, comprised of hemp-industry colleagues who support, educate, and collaborate for a successful industry, partnered with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to fund the research that will be conducted by the University of Tennessee.

The study will include an assessment of the feasibility of hemp fiber production for the Tennessee automobile industry as well as an overall assessment of hemp fiber for the development of the Tennessee economy. The research will take place from now through year’s end.

Tue
17
May

The Michigan adult use market is one of the fastest growing cannabis markets in the United States

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A bright spot of the United States (US) cannabis industry has been the performance of Midwestern states that allow for the sale of recreational cannabis. 

Mon
09
May

Michigan regulators say no to THC from hemp

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Regulators in Michigan have nixed a proposal to allow the conversion of cannabinoids derived from hemp into THC.

Regulators in Michigan announced on Friday that a plan to allow cannabinoids derived from hemp to be processed into THC would be withdrawn from consideration. The announcement came only two days after the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) was renamed and given new authority over the state’s hemp industry under an executive order issued by Governor Gretchen Witmer earlier this year.

Thu
07
Apr

Few options exist at MSU for prospective cannabis students

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Thousands of students attend Michigan State University to study biology, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, business and agriculture. While these programs might not seem all too similar, an uncommon link creates a connection between them all — cannabis.

Its multi-disciplinary nature and wide variety of uses have resulted in a multi-million-dollar industry, especially since its legalization for recreational use in 2019. This has resulted in a student population that is seeking to focus on entrance into this industry.

But these students won't find any level of cannabis-focused education at MSU.

Fri
01
Apr

Marijuana sales produced $56,000 in Michigan tax revenue per store last year

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As the second retail store selling marijuana and related products opened this week, the Gaylord City Council received a preview of the potential tax revenue that could be generated by the fledgling industry.

Recently, the Michigan Department of Treasury said Michigan municipalities that allow recreational marijuana sales will divide more than $42 million from the state’s marijuana regulation fund for 2021. Each municipality or county will receive about $56,400 per retailer or microbusiness. 

"All of the licenses were approved by the state through September 2021 are included in the distribution. So the city won't collect anything (from last year)," Gaylord City Manager Kim Awrey said at Monday night's council meeting.

Fri
25
Mar

Michigan marijuana: More than $42.2 million going to cities, counties with pot businesses

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 Michigan municipalities with licensed pot businesses are getting a chunk of more than $42.2 million as part of the state's Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act.

Cities, villages, townships, and counties will get $56,400 for every licensed retail store and microbusiness in its jurisdiction. This means 62 cities, 15 villages, 33 townships, and 53 counties have money coming.

Ann Arbor has the most marijuana licenses in the state. It is getting $1,411,336. The county it is in, Washtenaw County, is getting $1,806,510.08.

"The Michigan Department of Treasury will distribute these dollars as soon as practical to eligible local units of government," State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said.

Thu
10
Mar

How safe is Michigan’s $2 billion marijuana industry?

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Picture this: lettuce at your local supermarket tested positive for E. Coli. Distributors, grocers and the Food and Drug Administration know which heads of lettuce are the culprits, but they decide to sell it anyway. Buyer beware.

This is similar to the scenario that played out in Michigan marijuana dispensaries when an estimated 64,000 pounds of marijuana was recalled in November on a strong suspicion that it may not be safe for consumption.

That’s because the safety lab that tested the recalled marijuana, Viridis Laboratories, issued test results that couldn’t be trusted, according to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency.

Thu
10
Mar

Ann Arbor officials prepare for 50th anniversary Hash Bash

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The famous Hash Bash returns to Ann Arbor, Michigan next month, the 50th anniversary of the cannabis activism festival.

Festival organizers and local officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan are busy preparing for the 50th anniversary Hash Bash, a celebration of cannabis scheduled to return to the University of Michigan on April 2 after two years of virtual festivities.

Since 1972, pot enthusiasts and activists have taken to an open area on the UM campus known as the Diag to protest cannabis prohibition. And even with the legalization of recreational weed in Michigan in 2018, the event still serves to shine light on the nation’s failed cannabis policies. 

Wed
02
Mar

City to create nonprofit to advance social equity in cannabis industry

Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids City Commission recently approved the creation of a nonprofit organization to boost social equity outcomes in communities most historically impacted by over-enforcement of anti-cannabis laws prior to marijuana’s legalization.

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