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Tax deductibles expanded for disabled veterans, financial reporting eased for marijuana facilities


Two bills signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will expand income tax deductions for disabled veterans and ease requirements for marijuana facilities. Senate Bill 25 will allow disabled veterans to deduct taxable income attributed to the cancellation or forgiveness of a student loan pursuant to the U.S. Department of Education’s Total and Permeant Disability Discharge Program.

"Our nation’s disabled veterans have served our country with honor and dignity, and this bill helps alleviate some of their financial burdens,” Whitmer said.

“I am proud to sign Senate Bill 25 to recognize the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families and help make their lives easier.”


Marijuana dispensary along Ford Road in Westland gets OK from planning commission


Plans to construct a new marijuana dispensary along Ford Road in Westland took another step forward.

The city's planning commission reviewed and recommended approval to the city council for the development of a marijuana retail establishment at 37655 Ford Road during its meeting Dec. 1 at Westland City Hall. Common Citizen, a Marshall-based company with retail locations in Flint, Battle Creek, Hazel Park and a medical marijuana location in Detroit, plans to occupy the facility. Other locations planned for the company include spots in Lansing and Pontiac, according to its website.

"We've got a couple of other irons in the fire but we're really excited about coming here," said Mike Beck, the company's director of community and government affairs. 


Michigan lab fights back in court after becoming target of $230 million marijuana recall


A marijuana safety lab is suing the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) over a recall that impacted nearly $230 million worth and 64,000 pounds of marijuana products in the state, mostly flower.


Despite their growth nearby, Delta Township not ready to host marijuana dispensaries


Despite a high rise in Michigan’s marijuana business, Delta Township does not have a dispensary — and township officials don’t expect that to change any time soon.

According to Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency, more than 700 dispensaries opened in the state of Michigan since 2021.

In 2019, the township board voted against allowing dispensaries within Delta Township’s borders. Since then, this issue hasn’t been revisited, while nearby cities such as Lansing and East Lansing are dabbling into Michigan’s now multimillion-dollar business.

Township resident Amy Zander, owner of Zeedia Media, said Delta should stay current and competitive with other communities.


Takeaways from Our Conversation on State Cannabis Regulations and Their Impact on Insurance

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Ever heard of a gram shop law? It’s a thing, and if you’re an insurance broker in Michigan focused on the cannabis space, then you and your clients are well aware of the term.

The law, signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over the summer, is similar to long-established dram shop laws for businesses that serve or sell liquor.

The law certainly stands out, but it’s just one of many interesting regulations in states around the country that make life quite interesting for insurance professionals and their cannabis clients.


BAS Board Passes Anti-Pot Dispensary Resolution


The Brighton Board of Education Monday night unanimously approved a resolution asking that the local governing bodies prohibit a marijuana dispensing facility within their jurisdictions. That includes the city of Brighton and the surrounding municipalities of Genoa Twp., Green Oak Twp., Hamburg Twp. and Brighton Twp. The vote to formally adopt the measure was 6-0, with Board Vice President Alicia Reid absent.


Still need a turkey? This Grand Rapids cannabis shop is giving them out for free

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A locally-owned cannabis shop is handing out free turkeys to anyone in Grand Rapids this Thanksgiving-eve. Pharmhouse Wellness is on the city’s west side. Its owners, and a number of staff, previously faced charges for marijuana, before it was legal.

“We’ve actually gotten in trouble with cannabis-related charges,” says Megan Smith, inventory manager for Pharmhouse Wellness. “So now that we can work cannabis into our life legally, we kinda just want to break that stigma and just, yeah, give back. And felons aren’t always bad people.”

Casey Koernnoelje owns the shop. He also faced felony charges over marijuana before it was legalized in Michigan.


Luna Pier’s first medical marijuana dispensary is now open

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Green Labs Provisions, a medical marijuana dispensary in Luna Pier, is open for business.

Owned and operated by Jason (JD) Davison, a 39-year-old veteran, along with Sean Lyden and Breen Lyden, the facility located at 10701 Madison St. specializes in medical cannabis, accessories and apparel.

Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., customers must be 18 or older and have valid identification and a medical marijuana card.

The business has 12 employees. Dave Azoni serves as chief operating officer and Stephen Georgiadis is chief plant officer. Budtenders assist customers with in-store purchases and orders can be placed online.


Bought marijuana recently? State regulators say there's a good chance you should return it.

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What is likely the largest marijuana recall in Michigan's history is currently underway after the state's Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued a health and safety bulletin Wednesday evening for many products tested by Viridis Laboratories.

The agency said it has identified inaccurate and/or unreliable results of all marijuana products tested by Viridis Laboratories and Viridis North over a three-month period except for inhalable marijuana concentrate products such as vape carts, live resin and distillate.


Bills would cut down how much medical marijuana caregivers could grow

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 Bills before the Michigan Legislature are looking to change regulations for medical marijuana caregivers, limiting how much marijuana they could grow.

Some customers are boycotting the major cannabis producers that back the legislation, which would lower the number of cannabis plants a caregiver may grow from 72 to 24.

Casey Kornoelje, the founder of Grand Rapids-based cannabis provisioner Farmhouse Wellness, opposes the legislation.

“For me, it would potentially cut the amount of cannabis that I could provide to my wife,” who has Crohn’s disease and for whom Kornoelje serves as caregiver, he said.


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