Michigan

Thu
27
Jun

Michigan will not allow young adults to work in cannabis

Marijuana laws can be tricky. Most of these statutes have strict possession limits and an offense can lead to legal struggles up to and including jail. The language of these laws might also allow some pot consumers to grow two plants, four plants, zero plants, and some, admittedly the strictest of the batch, won’t even allow adults access to products they can smoke. It seems that everyone has their own idea of what marijuana legalization should look like.  Law enforcement and legislators seem to believe if these laws are not obeyed to the letter, well, society, as a whole, is doomed to rot in a cesspool of its own THC-induced squalor in the days to come.

Tue
18
Jun

Michigan Governor adds voice to push for banking access for cannabis businesses

A bipartisan group of 20 state and territorial attorney generals has called for the passage of a federal bill that would give cannabis industry businesses access to the U.S. banking system. In a letter sent to leaders of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday, the governors urged the passage of the Secure and Fare (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 (H.R. 1595).

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, one of the governors who signed the letter, said that voters have made it clear that it is time for a new approach to cannabis policy.

Mon
17
Jun

‘Haze’ abounds as Michigan struggles to regulate recreational cannabis

Matthew Abel’s law firm bank account was shut down twice. He had to temporarily change the name of his Detroit firm from Cannabis Counsel to the generic Rivertown, PLC. 

John Sinclair, a “radical poet” and national symbol of marijuana injustice, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1969 after passing two joints to an undercover narcotics officer. 

Mon
20
May

Social equity a key issue in cannabis legalization movement

Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities.

But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New Jersey, among other states weighing whether to join the 10 that allow recreational use of pot.

Complicating the law-making process, sometimes even among supporters, are questions about how best to erase marijuana convictions and ensure that people who were arrested for pot benefit from legal marijuana markets.

Fri
10
May

'Easier than placing an online order through Amazon:' Medical marijuana delivery service kicks off in Detroit

Utopia Gardens LLC started a new service Tuesday for its medical marijuana patients; front door delivery service.

"Some of our patients are sick and going through Chemotherapy etc. so it’s a more convenient way for them to be able to shop without having to leave their houses," said dispensary manager Donnell Cravens.

According to LARA, three licensed dispensaries or provisioning centers are now able to provide this service legally: Utopia Gardens LLC in Detroit, Lake Effect Group LLC in Portage, and BotaniQ in Detroit.

Patients are required to have their medical marijuana card verified and the product can only be delivered to the address on the card.

Thu
02
May

Michigan medical marijuana patients can now get approval, medication without delay

One more roadblock has been demolished that stood in the way of Michigan medical marijuana patients and reliable, safe access to cannabis treatment. On Wednesday, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (which oversees both medical and recreational cannabis in the state) announced that patients can use their approval email from registering in the program to buy cannabis, rather than waiting for a physical registry card to be sent in the mail.

Fri
26
Apr

Michigan's new marijuana agency will regulate a market in turmoil

When Michigan officially consolidates pot business oversight into the Marijuana Regulatory Agency on Tuesday, state officials will be expected to tackle tough issues that are roiling the medical and recreational marijuana markets. 

There are lingering fears among Michigan’s marijuana businesses about the viability of a fully licensed market that has yet to produce a steady, tested supply that can meet the needs of dozens of provisioning centers across the state. 

Tue
23
Apr

Michigan (finally) launching industrial hemp program

Michigan’s Governor and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have launched the state’s Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot Program for the 2019 planting season.

The call has gone out to farmers, processors and institutions of higher learning to get involved.

 “This emerging crop not only cultivates new opportunity for our farming community, but it also creates an avenue for new businesses to crop up across the state,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Thu
18
Apr

How recreational marijuana is changing the way doctors care for patients

The legalization of recreational marijuana in a number of states is creating new research opportunities and challenges for doctors.

Because of the way cannabis is viewed by the Drug Enforcement Administration, federal law has severely limited any research on marijuana. Now that it's legal in states such as Michigan and Colorado, researchers are able to collect more data on problems that hadn't been clearly identified.

According to a new report, people who regularly use marijuana might need as much as two times more medication to sedate them when undergoing medical procedures compared with the amount required by non-users.

Researchers focused their study on people undergoing endoscopic procedures at one community hospital in Colorado.

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