Michigan

Tue
25
Feb

Dispensaries In Michigan Sue State Over Licensing Applications

The state turned down their licenses to sell recreational marijuana in Detroit, Inkster and Traverse City. Now several businesses are suing saying the state violated the law.

Their case is based on the idea that timing - is everything. They say they got their applications in before their cities decided to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana dispensaries, so their application should be approved.

“What we do is provide safe access to tested products,” said Stuart Carter, Owner of Utopia Gardens on East Lafayette Street in Detroit.

Carter says right now they can do that for medical marijuana cardholders, but not adults over 21 who want to buy marijuana as state law allows for recreation. His application was denied.

Tue
18
Feb

Michigan Recreational Marijuana Sales Increased 29% In January

Michigan released its latest monthly marijuana industry statistical report for the month of January.

As expected, recreational marijuana sales continued to grow at a brisk pace in January, the latest monthly sales figures show.

Recreational sales hit $9.8 million, compared to nearly $7 million in December, the first full month of recreational sales, which began Dec. 1.

The state for January will collect about $1.63 million in recreational marijuana tax revenue, $980,000 from the 10% excise tax and $646,800 in sales tax.

Tue
11
Feb

Major marijuana website bans advertisements from black-market companies in Michigan

It doesn’t take advanced detective skills to find black-market marijuana in Michigan. Just run an internet search.

They advertise openly online. Within a few minutes, MLive was able to reach by phone three listed marijuana dispensaries in Detroit that do not have medical marijuana provisioning center licenses, according to the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency website’s license search tool and active facility map.

Tue
11
Feb

How Much Cannabis Each State Sold in First Month of Legal Sales

Illinois dispensaries sold nearly $40 million dollars with of cannabis in the first 31 days of recreational cannabis sales, according to new numbers released last week.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced the number on Feb. 3. Officials said the final total of $39,247,840.83 came from the sale of 972,045 cannabis products at licensed retailers across the state.

Thu
06
Feb

Michigan recreational marijuana sales near $18 million in two months

Michigan recreational marijuana sales are nearing $18 million two months after the new industry’s Dec. 1 launch.

With $17,699,952 in sales between Dec. 1 and Feb. 2, the state has generated $2,938,192 in tax revenue, including $1,769,995 in excise taxes and $1,168,197 in sales taxes.

The excise tax on recreational marijuana is 10%. The sales tax is 6%.

For comparison, Illinois, a state that began selling recreational marijuana Jan. 1, generated nearly $40 million in sales during the first month, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Fri
31
Jan

Michigan Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

The United States Department of Justice isn’t supposed to be wasting tax dollars prosecuting marijuana crimes that are otherwise legal under state laws. However, it seems that even now if they feel a business operator has stepped out of bounds in some way, they will swoop in and remind us all that federal law is above any law passed by individual state governments. Michigan dispensary owner Danny Trevino (of Lansing) has finally reached sentencing for the charges he faced for the operation of his Hydroworld shops in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Flint and Mount Pleasant – and the judge gave him a total of 15 years and 8 months in federal prison

Wed
22
Jan

Most controversial youth-targeted cannabis ads in Michigan get the hook

Michigan has pulled its controversial anti-cannabis ad campaign following a public outcry from body image and cannabis activists alike, although one brief clip is still hanging on.

Most of the public service announcements backed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have disappeared from the department’s official YouTube channel.

Tue
21
Jan

Cannabis Supply Shortages Abound In Newly Established Recreational Markets

It seems that whenever a new recreational cannabis market rolls out, reports of exaggerated lines, product shortages, and store closures never seem to be far behind.

Wed
15
Jan

Legal Marijuana States Buying ‘Nasal Rangers’ Because Of Weed’s ‘Stinky Smell’

Residents in small towns hate the smell of marijuana, so they’re calling upon the Nasal Rangers to save them.

States with legal marijuana states struggle with illegal weed. This may seem paradoxical—how can something be illicit if it’s legal and regulated by the state?—but many longtime cannabis consumers want to avoid high taxes and fees associated with legal marijuana. That’s why they still buy weed from black market: it’s cheaper and there’s little to no consequence if a cop finds them in possession of marijuana. Last year, the Associated Press reported that 80% of all California marijuana deals still occur “under the table.”

Mon
06
Jan

Detroit-caused confusion over recreational marijuana prompts lawsuits

It was no surprise when Michigan began accepting applications from recreational marijuana businesses Nov. 1.

The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency in July recommended to communities that didn’t want recreational marijuana businesses to formally opt out by the time the application window opened.

“The release of the rules today provides local municipalities and prospective licensees with the information they need to decide how they want to participate in the new industry,” Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo said in a July 3 statement. “Since we plan to start taking business applications Nov. 1, stakeholders will have four months to evaluate these rules and make their decisions.”

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