Michigan predicts over $18 million in medical marijuana tax revenue this year

The governmental green rush is on in Michigan. The state’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation has announced that its nascent medical marijuana program sold $30.2 million of medical product in the first four months of operation. That should equal some $1.8 million in sales taxes, and $112,800 in excise tax paid to the state. Medical marijuana license fees for businesses have brought in an additional $11.9 million.


Michigan considers reducing cost of registering for medical marijuana program

Regulators for Michigan’s medical marijuana program are considering a reduction in fees to register for the program, according to media reports. The proposal from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) would reduce the patient fee for a two-year medical marijuana identification card from $60 to $40. Other fees would be eliminated completely, including $10 fees for replacement cards or a change of address and a $25 charge for criminal background checks for caregivers.

In a filing with the state Office of Regulatory Reinvention, LARA said that the fees now being charged were more than enough to cover the costs of administering the program.


Medical marijuana recalled for seventh time as pressure mounts

Almost nine pounds of medical marijuana and infused products are being recalled from a Vassar store in Michigan’s seventh recall so far this year.

Seven strains of marijuana as well as edibles and concentrates sold at Elite Wellness Vassar from November 2018 to Feb. 1 contained too much chemical residue to pass lab testing, according to the the state’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation.

The Wednesday, Feb. 6, recall is the sixth instance of marijuana grown by caregivers and sold untested to patients that has now been tested and has failed since Jan. 1. In total, 60 pounds of marijuana and related products have been recalled from licensed provisioning centers across the state.


Caregiver-produced medical marijuana recalled in Michigan

Health and industry experts in Michigan are raising concerns about caregiver-produced medical marijuana following the discovery of more than 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of contaminated product.

Patient caregivers grew a majority of the marijuana that was recalled in January from provisioning centres in Detroit, Lansing, Jackson, Kalamazoo and Ypsilanti, The Detroit News reports reported. The products , such as marijuana flower, concentrate, patches and tinctures, contained chemical residue, E. coli, arsenic, cadmium and salmonella.


Colleges are launching cannabis degrees and certificate programs

Cannabis is coming to the classroom.

The first degrees in cannabis chemistry will be offered beginning this fall at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., according to the university’s website. The soon-to-be-launched program will offer both associate and bachelor’s degrees, and will equip students “with the knowledge necessary to gain employment in emergent cannabis markets.”


Medical Marijuana facilities given temporary licenses following shortage

More than 70 Michigan dispensaries operating under temporary licenses were forced to shut their doors at the beginning of 2019. In compliance with a set of bills passed in 2016, reforming the way the state regulates the production and sale of medical marijuana. The result was a shortage in medical marijuana, plaguing many areas in Michigan including much of Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor is home to 20 dispensaries, only seven of which have official licenses. Kinesiology junior L.J. Horowitz, a member of Green Wolverine’s founding executive board, estimated Ann Arbor has one of the highest densities of official and total medical marijuana provisioning centers in the state. Green Wolverine is a student organization focusing on the cannabis industry. 


Advocates sue Michigan to remove cannabis from controlled substances list

A group of cannabis activists in Michigan has filed a lawsuit against the government to remove marijuana from the state’s list of controlled substances. Despite being legalized for medical purposes in 2008 and the beginning of legal recreational sales last year, cannabis is still listed in the Michigan Public Health Code as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. This classification indicates that a drug has no medicinal value and a high potential for abuse.

Michael Komorn, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, said cannabis should not remain as a scheduled drug.


Study shows more people using medical marijuana in place of pharmaceuticals

A University of Michigan study has found that many medical marijuana users were able to replace their use of pharmaceutical drugs with cannabis. The research, which was published this month in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, showed that 44 percent of those who used medical cannabis were able to stop taking a pharmaceutical drug, use less of one, or both.


New Michigan canna-businesses find ways to house cash in banks

In the 2018 midterm elections last November, Michigan voters approved a measure to legalize a retail adult-use cannabis industry. As that industry begins to gain its footing, cannabis companies are looking ahead to the banking issues they’re soon to face. Fortunately for them, legal marijuana industries in other states have already shown that there are a number of ways around cannabis’ well-known cash crisis. And Michigan’s cannabis companies are availing themselves of many of those tricks.


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.


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