Michigan medical marijuana recalled for fourth time as officials encourage independent testing

Medical marijuana products sold at an Ypsilanti provisioning center are being recalled after they failed to meet state testing standards, Michigan officials announced Friday.

It’s the fourth mandatory recall this month from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs of caregiver product sold untested in December, and fifth recall in total. All told, more than 48 pounds of medical marijuana has been recalled in the past two weeks, according to the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation.


More than 60 closed Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries may reopen

Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries that were forced to close at the end of 2018 can resume doing business at least until March 31, a state board ruled Wednesday.

Michigan's Medical Marijuana Licensing Board took the action, in a 4-0 vote, to address concerns about ensuring patient supply while many providers are still working to meet license requirements.

"We're going to take care of the patients," said board Chairman Rick Johnson, but by March 31, "if you're not licensed, you're probably going to be in deep trouble."

More than 60 closed dispensaries around the state might be able to reopen under the resolution, said David Harns, a spokesman for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.


Licensing issues lead to medical marijuana shortage in Michigan

Because of licensing issues at the state level, medical marijuana facilities across the state are closed because there's no product for patients.

On Wednesday both Gov. Whitmer and the new director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs asked the state's medical marijuana board to allow temporary operating facilities to reopen and allow them to get marijuana from caregivers, not just commercial grow operations.

“There is a shortage of supply in the market because there are only a handful of licensed grows in Michigan,” Jeff Schroder with law firm Plunkett Cooney said. “This would allow dispensaries and retail provisioning centers to purchase their quantities from caregivers again.”


Michigan companies are 'gifting' marijuana, at least until legal pot stores open

While Michigan voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018, there are, of yet, no licensed stores from which to buy it in the state. Consequently, companies are turning to other options for distributing the substance within their borders, writes Brandon Hicks.


Recreational weed may spark up Michigan's medical marijuana industry

One in four applications for a license to run a medical marijuana facility made it to the state licensing board in 2018 as state officials conducted extensive vetting and fielded inquiries from 900 prospective businesses.

Last year the industry welcomed new regulations and legal clarity from a 2016 law -- the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) -- and the state saw the first retail sale of medical marijuana in October.

The 2018 launch of the commercialized medical marijuana industry ended with a marijuana shortage and the closure of at least 72 dispensaries. Starting 2019, patients are having trouble finding their medicine.


College student uses marijuana merchandise loophole to get around Michigan laws

A month and a day into Michigan's decision to legalize recreational pot usage, Alex Poulos, an enrollee at The University of Detroit Mercy, is using a marijuana merchandise loophole to try to build his Wolverine State-based business. Government officials have not included a date by which anyone can sell the substance, but the budding 22-year-old entrepreneur is sort of making up for that void by including weed as a gift to those who make marijuana merchandise purchases through


First marijuana recall issued for Michigan

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has issued a voluntary recall on marijuana products.

According to LARA, the recall includes non-laboratory tested marijuana products that were supplied to provisioning centers by Choice Labs, LLC in Jackson.

Patients or caregivers who have these affected medical marijuana products in their possession are advised to return them to the provisioning center from which they were purchased for proper disposal.

During the recall, provisioning centers are encouraged to notify patients or caregivers that purchased these medical marijuana products of the recall.

LARA said Choice Labs will dispose of or retest the recalled medical marijuana products.


Medical marijuana rules making it hard for some to buy

Michigan's medical marijuana rules have changed again and that has some of you frustrated. We heard from News 10 viewers who are suddenly having a hard time finding a place to buy it legally in Lansing.

As of January 1, 2019, it's no longer acceptable for any dispensary to be in business without both a state and local license. And that means the number of options in the capital city just got slashed.

Right now only two medical marijuana shops in Lansing have both licenses, HG Lansing on Oakland Avenue and Cannaisseur on North East Street.

Nine others have city licenses but are still waiting for state approval. They run the risk of getting rejected for a state license if they stay open during the process.


Gift of pot? Marijuana businesses work in Michigan law's gray area

Selling marijuana won’t be legal for another year in Michigan, but entrepreneurs are seeing green with a loophole in the new law.

Since recreational marijuana became legal Dec. 6, a few have made hundreds, even thousands, of dollars by selling overpriced inexpensive goods such as snacks, T-shirts and chocolates with a “gift” of marijuana. They agree their businesses operate in a gray area under state law, leaving law enforcement waiting for the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department to clarify the statute's language.


More than 70 medical marijuana dispensaries shut down over state licensing

Dozens of local medical marijuana dispensaries are shut down after the state issued a deadline for the businesses to get a license.

However, many dispensaries say it’s not right and they should have received their license from the state months ago.

Now, patients are left looking for new dispensaries to get their medication.

"If you’re going to open any of them, this is the place that needs to be open right here," Allison Fuller said.

She's been a customer of Holistic Health Wayne since it opened.

More than 70 unlicensed state medical marijuana dispensaries are shutdown as of December 31.


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