Michigan

Wed
27
Feb

Why marijuana sales on the black market are blooming in Michigan after legalization

Working as a cashier at a dead-end job, Jordan D. saw an opportunity to make piles of quick cash after recreational marijuana was legalized in December.

The 25-year-old cobbled together enough money for a few ounces of top-shelf cannabis and began delivering his product to homes in metro Detroit. For a few hundred dollars a month, he spread the word on Weedmaps.com, a popular site for marijuana retailers.

“On a good day, I can make $1,000 or more,” Jordan says. “I get so many calls, I can’t deliver it fast enough.”

Mon
25
Feb

Appeals Court says it's okay to discriminate against medical marijuana patients

A Michigan Court of Appeals has recently ruled that employers in the The Great Lakes State can legally fire or refuse to hire medical marijuana patients, writes Calvin Hughes.

Mon
25
Feb

Clearing the air: Which Oakland County communities are allowing medical or recreational pot businesses?

Michigan has become increasingly cannabis-friendly over the past decade.

Voters legalized marijuana use for some medical conditions in 2008, and recreational marijuana use last November for adults age 21 and older.

But those new freedoms certainly don’t mean a free market. Or, in many cases, any market at all.

Along with the relaxed rules, local governments have the opportunity to exercise a level of control within their geographic boundaries.

So far, some communities in Oakland County have opted to allow medical marijuana businesses. Many more communities have acted to ban recreational marijuana businesses.

Mon
25
Feb

Finley: If pot is legal, treat it that way

Imagine showing up in Lansing with a couple of hundred thousand dollars tucked in your pockets to pay your state tax bill.

As absurd as it may sound, that's the reality for those in the legal marijuana business.

Although Michigan allows legal sales of both medical and recreational marijuana, pot is still listed as a Schedule One narcotic by the federal government.

That means even those who are selling pot legally here are still at risk of running afoul of federal law. And so they can't use banks or other financial service institutions that are regulated and licensed by the federal government.

If they try to do so, even to get a money order to pay their vendors, rent or other expenses, they could face federal money laundering charges. 

Thu
21
Feb

Medical marijuana user loses workplace case in Court of Appeals

As Michigan moves toward the widespread availability of marijuana for recreational use, a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday could reinforce zero- tolerance workplace rules against the use of marijuana even in cases in which a person has a valid medical marijuana card. 

The court ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a Dimondale woman, who had claimed that the Lansing Board of Water and Light rescinded a job offer after she tested positive for marijuana, even though she had a medical marijuana card.

Fri
15
Feb

Wana Brands Now Available in Michigan

Wana Brands’ consistent and reliable Wana Sour Gummies are now available to Michigan’s medical marijuana program through an exclusive partnership with Hig

Thu
14
Feb

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.

Wed
13
Feb

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.

Thu
07
Feb

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.

Tue
05
Feb

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.

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