Michigan

Fri
19
Jul

Michigan announces cannabis social equity program in 19 communities

With $42 million having been announced in medical marijuana revenue during the first four months of sales in Michigan, the state’s policymakers face a distinct challenge. How do you make sure that a decent slice of that money goes to those who have had their lives turned upside-down by Drug War prohibition over the years? The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency [MRA] made part of its strategy to this end clear this week when it released details for a sweeping social equity program that will support cannabis entrepreneurs in 19 communities.

Thu
18
Jul

Using marijuana to treat glaucoma

Marijuana increased in popularity in the mid-1970s when there was interest in cannabinoids for reduction in intraocular pressure (IOP), which is the fluid pressure inside the eye. Now, its usage has increased due to its pleasure-inducing side effects, and behind tobacco, alcohol and caffeine, it is the most widely used drug in society, according to Michigan Medicine ophthalmologist, Theresa M. Cooney, M.D.

Wed
17
Jul

Plan for automatic expungement of cannabis records proposed in Michigan

There continues to be some large gaps in justice when it comes to the state by state cannabis legalization movement. Among them is a key question; What happens to those individuals with cannabis offenses that took place before the laws changed? Believe it or not, many of them aren’t automatically, retroactively covered by new laws that decriminalize or legalize weed going forward. In Michigan, one senator is looking to right this wrong. 

Tue
16
Jul

Michigan caregivers control more than 1 million cannabis plants

Michigan’s registered medical marijuana caregivers have permission to grow more than one million cannabis plants, while licensed commercial cultivators are authorized to grow one tenth of that number.

These figures are crucially important to understand as Michigan ramps up efforts to boost the industry prior to licensing businesses for the state’s adult use cannabis market later this year. Even with accelerated licensing approvals it seems highly unlikely that commercial production of cannabis will be sufficient to satisfy the needs of the adult use market for quite some time.

Tue
09
Jul

Michigan man invents ‘Parachute’ pill for marijuana consumers who get too high

Harsh that mellow.

A Michigan inventor has created a pill called Parachute designed to help marijuana users come down once they’ve gotten too high.

“People take edibles and then they get too high," Pure Green founder Steve Goldner told Michigan Live. "It can be pretty dreadful.”

The primary ingredient in the mint-flavored pill, which reportedly starts working 5 minutes after being slipped under the tongue, is a hemp plant derivative called Cannabidiol (CBD).

Thu
04
Jul

New emergency rules lay out recreational industry in Michigan

The people of Michigan are one step closer to the development of their recreational marijuana industry. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a set of emergency rules into effect on Wednesday that detail licensing applications and the difference between the state’s recreational and medicinal systems.

Voters approved a ballot measure authorizing the legalization of recreational marijuana last November. Licenses for the recreational industry are expected to be on offer in the state before year’s end. 

Thu
27
Jun

Michigan will not allow young adults to work in cannabis

Marijuana laws can be tricky. Most of these statutes have strict possession limits and an offense can lead to legal struggles up to and including jail. The language of these laws might also allow some pot consumers to grow two plants, four plants, zero plants, and some, admittedly the strictest of the batch, won’t even allow adults access to products they can smoke. It seems that everyone has their own idea of what marijuana legalization should look like.  Law enforcement and legislators seem to believe if these laws are not obeyed to the letter, well, society, as a whole, is doomed to rot in a cesspool of its own THC-induced squalor in the days to come.

Tue
18
Jun

Michigan Governor adds voice to push for banking access for cannabis businesses

A bipartisan group of 20 state and territorial attorney generals has called for the passage of a federal bill that would give cannabis industry businesses access to the U.S. banking system. In a letter sent to leaders of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday, the governors urged the passage of the Secure and Fare (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 (H.R. 1595).

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, one of the governors who signed the letter, said that voters have made it clear that it is time for a new approach to cannabis policy.

Mon
17
Jun

‘Haze’ abounds as Michigan struggles to regulate recreational cannabis

Matthew Abel’s law firm bank account was shut down twice. He had to temporarily change the name of his Detroit firm from Cannabis Counsel to the generic Rivertown, PLC. 

John Sinclair, a “radical poet” and national symbol of marijuana injustice, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1969 after passing two joints to an undercover narcotics officer. 

Mon
20
May

Social equity a key issue in cannabis legalization movement

Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities.

But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New Jersey, among other states weighing whether to join the 10 that allow recreational use of pot.

Complicating the law-making process, sometimes even among supporters, are questions about how best to erase marijuana convictions and ensure that people who were arrested for pot benefit from legal marijuana markets.

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