Michigan

Thu
07
Nov

Farmers say hemp could be ‘huge’ industry for Michigan

Hemp, the once-derided and still-stigmatized cannabis cousin of marijuana, could become Michigan’s next big cash crop.

Cannibidol, known as CBD, is a compound found in hemp that is in high demand as the market for CBD oil grows. Since it doesn’t contain the high-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that’s found in marijuana, CBD is legal and widely sold -- even at Family Video

Even though marijuana and hemp are the same species of plant, the federal government regulates them differently.

Wed
06
Nov

Cannabis voter initiatives fall mostly short across Michigan

Municipalities across the state of Michigan voted yesterday on whether or not to allow recreational cannabis businesses within their respective borders. However, the results following yesterday’s votes were wildly disappointing for prospective marijuana businesses.

In November of 2018, voters across the state voted in favor of legalizing possession of recreational cannabis for personal use and to allow cannabis businesses including retail stores, producers testing facilities and processing operations by a 56%-44% margin. The catch: local leaders can decide whether or not they will allow cannabis businesses within their communities.

Mon
04
Nov

High demand, low supply could slow recreational marijuana in Michigan

It’s a virtual certainty that marijuana for recreational purposes won’t be available at state-approved dispensaries until the first quarter of next year.

Mon
04
Nov

Michigan Law enforcement facing the challenges of new legal marijuana laws

As the state begins accepting applications for recreational marijuana business licenses Friday, local police departments already are tackling issues ranging from complaints about marijuana's pungent aroma to preparing for an expected increase in high driving.

Police departments across the state have been dealing with issues surrounding marijuana enforcement for years, both in the black market and since Michigan legalized medical marijuana in 2008. But the new recreational landscape, with the impending widespread availability of pot, has departments evaluating what enforcement looks like going forward.

Fri
01
Nov

Michigan reduces fee for medical marijuana applications

Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced new rules for the state's medical marijuana program Wednesday to lower application costs and fees for users.

The new rules lower the cost of application fees to $40 from $60, eliminate a $25 background check fee for caregivers and eliminate the $10 fee users faced when modifying their registry cards to add or remove a caregiver, change their address or replace a lost card.

Users can now start the renewal process for registry cards at 90 days before expiration, up from just 60.

And almost two decades into the 21st century, and more than a decade after Michigan voters approved medical marijuana in November 2008, the state's medical marijuana program can contact patients, caregivers and doctors via email. 

Wed
30
Oct

Recreational weed probably won't be for sale in Michigan until March, April

Nearly a year after Michigan voters approved legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use, the state is getting ready to hand out the business licenses that will usher in the beginning of retail sales.

But don't pull out your cash just yet. Sales of marijuana for adult recreational use probably won’t begin until March or April of next year. That's because the state is worried about a shortage of pot for medical marijuana users, and the first harvests for the recreational market won't be ready until next spring.

And the state hasn't decided yet whether it will allow medical marijuana growers, processors and dispensary owners to transfer existing medical marijuana flower and infused products to the recreational market.

Tue
29
Oct

Michigan’s recreational marijuana market takes a big step this week

The state of Michigan will start accepting applications from businesses seeking recreational marijuana licenses Friday, November 1st.

But retail sales may still be a long way off. 

Mon
28
Oct

Governor of Michigan takes her Vaping Ban decision to Supreme Court

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan said on Friday that she would appeal a decision blocking her ban of flavored e-cigarettes to the state Supreme Court, comparing the dangers of vaping to the Flint water crisis. Whitmer announced the ban in September, saying that the nation’s ongoing spate of serious lung injuries that have been linked to vaping constituted a public health emergency.

Mon
28
Oct

Recreational weed probably won't be for sale in Michigan until March, April

Nearly a year after Michigan voters approved legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use, the state is getting ready to hand out the business licenses that will usher in the beginning of retail sales.

But don't pull out your cash just yet. Sales of marijuana for adult recreational use probably won’t begin until March or April of next year. That's because the state is worried about a shortage of pot for medical marijuana users, and the first harvests for the recreational market won't be ready until next spring.

And the state hasn't decided yet whether it will allow medical marijuana growers, processors and dispensary owners to transfer existing medical marijuana flower and infused products to the recreational market.

Wed
23
Oct

Hemp farmers and processors work out kinks during first legal harvest in more than 80 years

In 2018, the U.S. Congress lifted a pre-World War II restriction that made it illegal for farmers to grow industrial hemp—a variety of the cannabis sativa plant that contains less than .3% THC.

More than 500 Michigan farmers are licensed to grow the crop. This year, they farmed around 30,000 acres of hemp.

Dave Crabill is a hemp grower and vice president of iHemp Michigan, an organization that connects hemp farmers, processers, and manufacturers. We talked to him about this year's harvest and the future of hemp farming in Michigan. 

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