Michigan

Mon
12
Nov

How Michigan could be paving the way for legalization in the Midwest

By a relatively wide margin, Michigan voters on Tuesday said “yes” to legalizing adult-use cannabis for adults, in a vote that spanned party lines and pushed against vehement opposition groups.

The adoption of the ballot proposal makes Michigan the 10th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older; and the first state in the Midwest to do so, with a margin of 56-44. In 2008, the state adopted a proposal to legalize the use of medical cannabis. So why did it take a decade for Michigan to go from medical to recreational marijuana?

Thu
08
Nov

Michigan: Marijuana attractions in the near future?

If you have a layover in Denver, 420 Airport Pickupwill take you to a marijuana dispensary, a place to get high and on a scenic tour before dropping you back off at Denver International Airport. 

Or there's the art studio where you can smoke pot while painting with acrylics; Kush and Canvases also offers a class on rolling sushi – and joints. On a Budz and Sudz tour, you can visit both craft breweries and a marijuana growing operation in Denver, riding a tour bus stocked with snacks. 

Thu
08
Nov

Michigan’s governor-elect may pardon those with marijuana-related convictions

Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan may pardon those with marijuana convictions after the state’s voters legalized recreational cannabis with the passage of Proposal 1 on Tuesday. Whitmer, who was chosen by voters in the midterm election, said in a press conference on Wednesday that she may use her executive powers to grant clemency to incarcerated marijuana offenders.

“I think that the people of Michigan have said that for conduct that would now be considered legal no one should bear a lifelong record for that conduct,” Whitmer said.

Wed
07
Nov

Michigan's medical marijuana licensing mess isn't over yet

It's still not over for the business owners and patients caught up in the medical marijuana licensing mess.

The next step will be on Friday in Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borello's courtroom. That's when the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board are scheduled to show cause justifying the shutdown of currently open marijuana businesses before Dec. 15. Last week, Borello issued a stay on an Oct. 31 deadline previously set by the MMMLB.

Fri
02
Nov

Supporters and opponents of recreational cannabis point to Colorado as Michigan prepares to vote on legalization

In the last six years nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. On Tuesday, Proposal 18-1 will allow voters to decide if Michigan will become the tenth state.

When debating the legalization of pot, supporters and the opposition often point to the states where it’s now legal.

Supporters say, the sky has not fallen and the states have actually benefited. The opposition paints a much more grim picture of the effects.

Tue
30
Oct

Michigan: Medical marijuana businesses without a state license will be shut down on Thursday

People in Michigan who use medical marijuana may have a difficult time getting their medicine after Thursday. Monday was the last day for medical marijuana businesses to potentially receive a state license.

That’s because the state board in charge of granting licenses held its final meeting before an October 31st deadline. Businesses that didn’t receive the state’s blessing will be shut down on Thursday.

Linda Smith’s Haslett business helps people get medical marijuana cards. She’s says the threat of shutdowns has her patients worried about getting their medicine. “There is a tremendous amount of anxiety on the part of the patients because they rely on the provisioning centers,” she says.

Fri
26
Oct

What workers can expect if Michigan's recreational marijuana proposal passes

The debate over marijuana in Michigan is heating up as we get closer to the November election.

Proposal 1 is one of the most talked about issues on the November ballot; it would legalize the recreational use of cannabis in the state of Michigan. If passed, the measure will allow anyone 21 and older to carry 2.5 ounces of marijuana without getting in trouble. 

As more and more states legalize recreational marijuana, studies show more and more people are smoking – or at least getting caught. Quest Diagnostics reports 2017 was a banner year, an all-time high for people failing drug tests.

Attorney Deborah Gordon said while the proposal would legalize marijuana, Michigan remains an at-will state.

Fri
26
Oct

This is how legal marijuana changed Colorado and could change Michigan

If you think Colorado has become the wild west for weed, don’t tell the people who live there.

Six years since Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, we traveled there to find out what’s changed. Most of the people we talked to said: not much.

“It’s very well controlled,” one Denver resident told us. “I think most people will be surprised at who goes in and purchases recreational marijuana. A lot of people in my (older) generation.”

Perhaps the best news of all, say marijuana proponents, is that there are fewer people going to jail or prison for low-level drug crimes. The number of marijuana-related arrests have plummeted since legalization.

Thu
25
Oct

Barriers to marijuana research keep scientists in the dark on health effects

The powdery green substance Dr. Sue Sisley uses for medical marijuana research bears little resemblance to the plush flower buds people buy at dispensaries or on the street.

It comes from the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi, the only source of pharmaceutical-grade marijuana and marijuana-derived materials available through the National Institute for Drug Abuse's Drug Supply Program. 

"It’s not like I can go to another dispensary and buy it; I can’t," said Sisely of the Arizona-based Scottsdale Research Institute, who has studied the use of marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and opioid addiction. "That's my only legal drug supply.

Thu
25
Oct

What workers can expect if Michigan's recreational marijuana proposal passes

(WXYZ) - The debate over marijuana in Michigan is heating up as we get closer to the November election.

Proposal 1 is one of the most talked about issues on the November ballot; it would legalize the recreational use of cannabis in the state of Michigan.

If passed, the measure will allow anyone 21 and older to carry 2.5 ounces of marijuana without getting in trouble. 

As more and more states legalize recreational marijuana, studies show more and more people are smoking – or at least getting caught. Quest Diagnostics reports 2017 was a banner year, an all-time high for people failing drug tests.

Attorney Deborah Gordon said while the proposal would legalize marijuana, Michigan remains an at-will state.

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