Michigan

Fri
07
Aug

Marijuana dispensaries sprout despite uncertainties

The Got Meds Lounge sits at the intersection of Holmes Road and Cedar Street in Lansing.(Photo: Dave Wasinger/Lansing State Journal)

LANSING – Steve Green, 37, is a medical marijuana patient with a particular distinction.

Green has visited about 30 dispensaries currently open in Lansing and often jokes it only takes “two jars of pot and a lease” to get a local business started.

“There are no guidelines; there’s no licensing procedure,” said Green, a Michigan medical marijuana cardholder since 2010. “It’s kind of great because it allows for true commerce to take place. But it also allows people from other areas to seek haven.”

Fri
07
Aug

Lansing medical marijuana cases drag on as law evolves

Marijuana plants sit on display at a Lansing store last spring. The state’s evolving medical marijuana law has left some prosecutioss lingering for years.(Photo: Dave Wasinger/Lansing State Journal)

LANSING – One law and the case against three men have been in limbo for years as the justice system tries to determine what’s legal and what’s not when it comes to medical marijuana.

The case against the men — Zebediah Dewey, Daniel Corbin and Michael Lewis Jr. — is an example of how the poorly drafted medical marijuana law that didn’t set up a clear legal mechanism for patients to buy the drug is still evolving in Michigan’s courts.

Thu
06
Aug

Prosecutors drop marijuana charges against Michigan woman, return items seized

Prosecutors have dropped marijuana charges and will return items seized from a Kimball Township woman in the wake of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling last week, the woman learned Wednesday.

“I’m elated that this part is over,” said Ginnifer Hency. “It’s been a long year.”

St. Clair County Prosecutor Michael Wendling said about 18 cases were on hold while prosecution and defense waited on the Supreme Court decision.

“We re-evaluated the files that we had pending and at least five were no longer viable in light of the Supreme Court decision,” Wendling said.

“I think that’s an analysis that prosecutors across the state are undertaking.”

Wed
05
Aug

Michigan: Medical marijuana dispensary requests OK to set up office in Vicksburg

VICKSBURG, MI – Vicksburg officials say they will research a paralegal office for medical marijuana dispensing before deciding whether to approve it for the village.

Susan Bond, a paralegal currently based in the Grand Rapids area, has asked the Vicksburg Village Council for permission to set up the medical marijuana dispensary in which caregivers and growers could come in "with legal questions and marijuana overages."

Bond, who has met with Village Manager Ken Schippers and Police Chief Eric West, said the office would guide them and explain lab testing, would have a display cabinet with various types of lab-tested medical marijuana and "what the strain can do for the patient."

Sun
02
Aug

How Medical Marijuana Users Are Treated Like Criminals

Maria Green was legally growing cannabis for her multiple sclerosis and her husband's epilepsy. So why did Child Protective Services take their baby away?

Steve Green has epilepsy. His wife, Maria, has multiple sclerosis. Since 2011, they’ve been growing cannabis for medical use. 

Everything they do is perfectly legal under state law in Michigan, where the couple resides. Maria is a registered caregiver—meaning that she’s allowed to grow 12 plants per patient—and both are qualifying patients. 

Fri
31
Jul

Big Vote On Autism And Medical Marijuana Today In Michigan

Multi-talented Michigan attorney Michael Komorn is calling on families of children with autism to attend a crucial vote of the Medical Marihuana Review Panel on July 31st.

The Panel is considering whether to recommend approval of a petition to add autism to the list of medical conditions that can qualify a patient for the use of medical marijuana in Michigan.

Under Michigan’s rigorous standards, a child must obtain two certifications from physicians that the patient may receive palliative care from the application of marijuana medicines.

Fri
31
Jul

State panel to vote on medical marijuana for autism

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan would become the first state to allow medical marijuana for children with severe autism if a senior official follows the recommendation made Friday by an advisory panel.

The state’s Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted 4-2 to recommend autism as a condition that qualifies for the drug.

Supporters say oil extracted from marijuana and swallowed has been effective in controlling extreme physical behavior by kids with severe autism. Pot wouldn’t be smoked.

The panel was influenced by comments received earlier from some Detroit-area doctors, especially the head of pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and parents desperate for relief. Many of the three dozen spectators cheered and applauded after the vote.

Thu
30
Jul

New Marijuana Law Section in MI State Bar

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan’s medical marijuana law has been called confusing and inconsistent, but a group of attorneys is now working to help people better understand it.

The group recently gained recognition from the State Bar of Michigan, which makes Michigan the second state to have a Marijuana Law Section of the state bar. The other is Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal. That state has a Cannabis Law Committee.

“This isn’t just going to be a social club. This is going to be a proactive section that’s going to try to get some things done,” Lapeer attorney Bernard Jocuns, who will serve as the new Marijuana Law Section’s chair, told 24 Hour News 8 in a Wednesday phone interview.

Wed
29
Jul

New Marijuana Law Section in MI State Bar

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan’s medical marijuana law has been called confusing and inconsistent, but a group of attorneys is now working to help people better understand it.

The group recently gained recognition from the State Bar of Michigan, which makes Michigan the second state to have a Marijuana Law Section of the state bar. The other is Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal. That state has a Cannabis Law Committee.

Wed
29
Jul

Michigan Supreme Court: 'Inconsistencies' in medical marijuana law still causing 'confusion'

LANSING, MI — The state Supreme Court on Tuesday issued its ninth ruling on the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act in just under seven years, making special note of that frequency while expressing frustration with the ongoing legal debate over the voter-approved law.

"Unlike the procedures for the editing and drafting of bills proposed through the Legislature, the electorate — those who enacted this law at the ballot box — need not review the proposed law for content, meaning, readability, or consistency," Justice James Zahra wrote in the opening paragraph of the unanimous opinion.

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