Michigan

Mon
09
Sep

These 3 States will begin selling recreational pot fairly soon

Pardon the cliche, but the marijuana industry is budding before our eyes. Even though cannabis sales have existed behind the scenes for decades, we're beginning to see the impact of how big a legalized marijuana industry could be. Last year, legal global sales sprouted to $10.9 billion, which more than tripled worldwide legal weed revenue from 2014.

Thu
05
Sep

Michigan could be the first State to ban flavored E-Cigs

The governor of Michigan says she has ordered the state’s health department to put out emergency rules banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in both brick-and-mortar stores and online for six months. She also announced plans to prevent companies from marketing the products as “clean,” “safe,” “healthy,” and with other terminology that would present vaping as a harmless alternative to smoking tobacco.

“As governor, I’m going to do it unilaterally until I can get the legislature to adopt a statute and write it into law,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer told MSNBC. “This is too important.”

Wed
04
Sep

Medical cannabis products recalled in Michigan after testing positive for pesticides

Several medical marijuana products are being taken off the shelves in Michigan after the state determined that they contain hazardous levels of pesticides. 

The safety compliance facility overseeing the safety of the products, Iron Laboratories, had its license suspended by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency earlier this month after it was revealed that it had conducted faulty testing for pesticide and mold in its cannabis products—the first time the state issued a suspension to a marijuana business.

Thu
29
Aug

Michigan may require warning labels for cannabis health risks during pregnancy

A Michigan legislative committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would require labels on cannabis products to warn consumers about the risks of marijuana use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The Michigan House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee voted 11-2 in favor of the measure, which will head next to the House floor for a vote by the full body.

Under the proposed legislation, all cannabis products would be required to be packaged with a label reading: “Warning: Use by pregnant or breastfeeding women, or by women planning to become pregnant, may result in fetal injury, preterm birth, low birth weight, or developmental problems for the child.”

Mon
19
Aug

Residents in Michigan cities to receive incentives to enter cannabis industry

Residents of 19 Michigan cities are gearing up to take part in the state’s cannabis social justice program. The business licensing discount system is designed to prioritize entrepreneurs in the new industry who are longtime residents of economically underprivileged areas, who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs, and who have a demonstrated interest in facilitating access to cannabis.

Wed
14
Aug

Michigan is experiencing a medical marijuana drought

Marijuana users have often been plagued by the August drought: those dog days of late summer that fall between harvests in Mexico or somewhere when there was simply no weed available, when you went down your list of dealers and struck out on every one with a "call me back in a week or two" response.

Mon
12
Aug

Michigan’s marijuana regulatory agency introduces tier-based fee system

Regulators in Michigan announced on Thursday that license fees for legal medical marijuana businesses in the state will be transitioning to a tier-based system beginning on October 1. Under the plan, most businesses would see a reduction in fees or no change, although some companies will end up paying more.

Andrew Brisbo, the director of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency, said that medical marijuana companies will now pay license fees based on their size.

“We want to make the fees reasonably related to the size of the operation, so businesses are paying an equitable share,” said Brisbo.

Fri
09
Aug

Michigan’s cannabis program receives B+ in national ranking

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has issued its 2018-2019 State of the States report card for cannabis programs in the United States and Michigan’s ranking remains steady with a B+ grade.

The group issues the reports most years. In 2015 Michigan received a C+ and has been awarded the B+ in each report since, in 2016, 2017 and the current issue.

The report grades each state on a number of different factors including:

Wed
07
Aug

Michigan finds out after legalization, the wait for retail sales is the national norm

It’s been nearly eight months since Michigan’s marijuana legalization law took effect and the first retail sales are still months away.

Michiganders will have to wait until at least November to know if they’ll be able to buy marijuana at a store in time for Christmas -- or wait until after the New Year.

The gap between legalization and the start of retail sales in states starting their own recreational marijuana industries is the national norm, according to an MLive analysis.

Fri
02
Aug

Will Michigan become the latest State to wipe out cannabis convictions?

Saying he wants to allow people to “move on with their lives,” Jeff Irwin, a Michigan state senator from Ann Arbor, has introduced a bill that would allow the state to expunge the arrest records of state residents on misdemeanor marijuana use and possession charges.

The measure continues a trend that is spreading across the country in which social justice has become a component of marijuana legalization. Most recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that decriminalizes marijuana possession in that state and wipes certain convictions from a person's criminal record.

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