Michigan

Mon
04
Jan

New Michigan law allows vets to consult about cannabis for pets

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law a new bill that will allow veterinarians to consult with pet owners about the use of marijuana and industrial hemp for their animals.

House Bill 5085, sponsored by Rep. Greg Markkanen (R- Hancock), opens the way for veterinarians to ask pet owners about exposure to marijuana in their animals and to consider the use of THC and CBD products.

It passed both chambers of the Michigan Legislature earlier in December. A group of veterinarians spoke to the House Agriculture Committee about the issue in January.

Tue
22
Dec

Cannabis Companies Continue Holiday Fundraisers for Communities Nationwide

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Holiday festivities have been curtailed by the global resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its unprecedented social and economic effects. During this turbulent season, cannabis companies all over North America continue to do what they can to support local charities and populations in need.

So, let this 2020 holiday season be lit with the warmth of giving. Here’s a short list of holiday fundraising activities led by cannabis industry members, bringing happiness and help to so many for the season as we all look forward to a new year in 2021:

Mon
21
Dec

Detroit to Issue Recreational Marijuana Licenses by Summer 2021

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City officials Mayor Mike Duggan and councilman James Tate have just announced the licensing scheme that will be launched on the 19th of January 2021, with the first licenses expected to be issued by June.

 

“It’s by far the most controversial provision,” said Duggan. “The city will not issue a license to any business unless 50% of the licenses in that category are Detroiters. Which means if you’re from outside the city, you can’t get a license unless a Detroiter already has one. We’ll never go below 50%.”

Tue
01
Dec

Green generating green: 1 year in, rec marijuana adds $73M to Michigan budget

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Tuesday, Dec. 1 marks the one year anniversary of legal sales of recreational marijuana in Michigan.

Looking at it strictly from a revenue-generating vehicle, it’s apparent that the voter-approved initiative has been a plus for the state — bringing in nearly $73 million in taxes.

According to the most recent available information, as provided by David Harns, interim communications director for Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, as of Nov. 22 recreational marijuana has added $72,911,352 to the state’s budget. The revenue comes from the 16.6 percent in excise and sales taxes collected on $439,225,017 in reported sales of cannabis at licensed stores.

Mon
30
Nov

Detroit City Council Approves Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

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The Detroit City Council approved an ordinance on Tuesday that will permit recreational marijuana retailers and other adult-use cannabis businesses to operate in the city. The ordinance, which includes provisions to ensure that at least half of recreational pot businesses are owned by city residents, was introduced last month by Councilmember James Tate.

On Tuesday, Tate said that the ordinance is the product of two years of work “to identify ways to make sure there’s success” for residents of the city. Currently, only four of Detroit’s 46 medical marijuana retailers are owned by people who live in the city.

Mon
30
Nov

The 10 Best U.S. Cities To Start A Cannabis Brand In Right Now

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Starting a cannabis business in the US takes a lot of planning, effort, and patience.

However, it’s doable if you choose the best US state for such a business.

According to some of the most recent statistics, the cannabis industry is among the fastest-growing industries globally.

Therefore, it’s a perfect time to start this type of business.

Cannabis state laws are becoming increasingly lenient, while the demand for recreational and medical cannabis has never been higher.

The best way to see just how great a cannabis business can be, take a look at the Toronto Cannabis Dispensary. 

If you want to start your cannabis dispensary, here are the ten best US states for such a business.

Fri
27
Nov

Marijuana shops raising funds to fight hunger in Kalamazoo

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(image: The Herbology sign outside of their new store in Kalamazoo, Michigan which opened on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com) Kendall Warner | MLive.com)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A chain of Kalamazoo-area cannabis shops are taking donations to help fight hunger in the community.

Herbology stores in Michigan, including its locations in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Bangor, are participating in “Feed the Block” a fundraising initiative to combat hunger issues in the community, according to a news release from Herbology.

The Kalamazoo-area dispensaries are partnering with Loaves and Fishes in Kalamazoo in the fight against hunger.

Thu
19
Nov

Michigan Man, Michael Thompson, Seeks Parole After Decades In Prison For Nonviolent Pot Offense

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A Michigan man who has spent a quarter of a century behind bars for a nonviolent marijuana offense could see a change in his fate this week as a parole board considers his release. Michael Thompson, a native of Flint, Michigan, was convicted in 1994 of selling three pounds of marijuana to an undercover police informant.

Tue
10
Nov

10 Best Places To Start A Cannabis Business in the U.S.

Starting a cannabis business in the US takes a lot of planning, effort, and patience.

However, it’s doable if you choose the best US state for such a business.

According to some of the most recent statistics, the cannabis industry is among the fastest-growing industries globally.

Therefore, it’s a perfect time to start this type of business.

Mon
09
Nov

Detroit-based television series will explore the world of cannabis

Detroit-based production company ASK-Y LLC is currently filming “Smokin’ Good,” a drama series set in the ‘world of cannabis.’

The series will follow August Good, portrayed by Shiek Mahmud-Bey, as he navigates his transition from the illicit cannabis market into the legal framework, notes a press release.

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