Michigan

Thu
19
Jul

Michigan gives newly licensed medical marijuana businesses cushion for testing

The state has offered newly licensed medical marijuana businesses a slight reprieve by allowing them a 30-day window in which to test products already onsite.

Once the state’s medical marijuana industry is fully in place, medical marijuana will be tested at least once after it's grown and once after processing, said Licensing and Regulatory Affairs spokesman David Harns.

But as the industry becomes licensed, man businesses operating temporarily with local authorization will have untested medical marijuana on hand when they receive licenses.

The state will allow those business a month to test, label and record their product with the state, Harns said. After the 30-day window, any remaining untested medical marijuana must be removed from the facility.

Wed
18
Jul

Michigan's first licensed medical marijuana facilities in limbo

Last week the first businesses in Michigan gained approval for licenses from the state's Medical Marihuana Licensing Board -- but that doesn't mean they can use that new license yet to distribute medicine to patients. 

A total of seven licenses were approved last week -- with four of the licenses going to one grower in Chesaning. An Ann Arbor provisioning center, an Ann Arbor processor and a Lansing transporter all received licenses. "Technically they could open their doors right away," said David Harns, spokesman for the state's Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. However, a key step in the state's new system -- a safety compliance facility where medicinal marijuana would be tested -- has not yet been licensed in Michigan.

Fri
13
Jul

What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana

Ashley and Ryan picked Denver as the perfect spot for their weed-infused honeymoon.

Robert, a well-to-do contractor from Houston, mixed a little R&R — reefer and recreation — with his latest business trip to Colorado. And Tyrell Towle, a chemist from Washington state, chose Denver as the spot for his home and job after getting a master's degree in chemistry in Iowa.

The four have little in common, but there is one key thing that ties them together: marijuana.

Thu
12
Jul

How high is too high? Researchers look for ways to measure stoned driving.

Michigan residents will vote on the legalization of recreational marijuana November 9.  The state has strict laws against driving while drunk, and cops can test how intoxicated someone is with a quick breathalyzer test.  But if weed is legalized, how will law enforcement identify someone who is driving while high? 

Dr. Andrea Furlan has been searching for this answer.  She is a staff physician at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She spoke with Stateside’s Cynthia Canty about her research in impaired driving. 

Fri
06
Jul

New poll finds Michigan is more split on recreational weed than we thought

Cannabis advocates expected legalization to happen this fall.

A new survey suggests that Michigan voters may be more divided on the issue of legalization than previous polls have shown. The results of a survey, conducted by pollsters at Target-Insyght, which questioned 800 voters statewide, found that 47 percent would vote against the ballot measure to legalize while 44 percent would vote in favor.

The initiative, which voters will see on the ballot in November, would allow residents to possess up to 2.5 ounces or 15 grams of concentrates.

Thu
28
Jun

Michigan's tax on recreational marijuana would be among lowest in nation

Michigan could have some of the lowest tax rates on recreational marijuana in the nation if Michigan residents choose to legalize it at the polls in November.

To date nine states have legalized marijuana use, each with their own approach to taxing the substance.

The Michigan proposal would make recreational marijuana legal for those 21 and over, with a 10 percent excise tax on the sale price, as well as the standard state sales tax rate of 6 percent. Excise taxes are paid by the retailer under the proposal, while sales tax is paid by the consumer. 

Wed
20
Jun

The 10 best marijuana dispensaries in Detroit

The history of marijuana decriminalization in Michigan is combative. As a Rust Belt state, we’re not the most progressive hood around, but we take what we got and make the best of it. Michigan voters first agreed to a medicinal marijuana ballot proposal in 2008. What a great November that was. Seriously.

Tue
19
Jun

Michigan will clear thousands of marijuana convictions if cannabis becomes legal this November

Untold thousands of Michiganders could be in line for a second chance if voters decide to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the Nov. 6 election.

In some other states where recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, voters or lawmakers have decided to make it easier for people convicted of marijuana crimes to get their records expunged or sealed. And Michigan could be on the same path if a bill introduced last week by state Rep. Sheldon Neeley gets a hearing and is passed.

Mon
18
Jun

Michigan bans the tern 'dispensary,' opts for 'medical marihuana provisioning center' instead

Michigan has banned the use of several words commonly associated with cannabis dispensaries. One of which is the term "dispensary" itself, writes Calvin Hughes. 

Mon
18
Jun

Some marijuana convictions could disappear if voters approve legal pot

Untold thousands of Michiganders could be in line for a second chance if voters decide to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the Nov. 6 election.

In some other states where recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, voters or lawmakers have decided to make it easier for people convicted of marijuana crimes to get their records expunged or sealed. And Michigan could be on the same path if a bill introduced last week by state Rep. Sheldon Neeley gets a hearing and is passed.

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