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Fri
08
Oct

State marijuana agency to begin regulating THC products derived from cannabis plants

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All THC products derived from the cannabis plant will soon be covered by state law and regulated by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency.

Starting Monday, October 11, these products will only be available after appropriate approvals, rigorous testing, and commercial standards that currently protect consumer safety in the legal marijuana marketplace. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

With the change, consumers will no longer be able to purchase the products in convenience stores, gas stations and tobacco/smoke shops throughout the state.

Wed
06
Oct

Marijuana seizures at the Michigan-Canada border are booming. Here’s why.

Canadian US border

They hit the throttle and sped through pitch-black water. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers spotted a vessel of some sort in the distance, near the uninhabited Celeron Island in the Detroit River at 2:35 a.m., June 5, 2020.

Wed
29
Sep

Michigan Fab Five's Chris Webber to bring a $175M cannabis 'compound' to southwest Detroit

Former Michigan basketball and NBA star and Detroit native Chris Webber is planning to open a cannabis "compound" in southwest Detroit, which will include a marijuana operations and training facility, a cultivation facility, a dispensary and a cannabis consumption lounge.

Webber broke ground Tuesday on the 180,000-square-foot, $50 million facility, which will be called the Webber Wellness Compound. The compound is owned by Players Only Holdings, a business co-founded by Webber and entrepreneur Lavetta Willis. (Photo by: F.Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

The cultivation will eventually be expanded by 80,000 square feet, representing a $125 million investment. The first phase is set to be completed in March 2022. There's no timeline on the phase two expansion.

Mon
27
Sep

How Michigan hopes to make small marijuana business ownership more accessible

cannabis bud

Sun Provisions in Decatur is a little, family-owned marijuana shop with an extraction lab in the back.

The display cases feature six brands of flower, a couple rows of vaping cartridges and few flavors of gummies. There’s a 150-plant grow and trimming area in the basement.
Everything is done in-house. It’s one of only a few marijuana microbusinesses that exist in Michigan.
 

“It’s been a struggle,” said Helen Sun, 33, Sun Provisions operations manager and daughter of the owner. “We came really close to having to restructure, but we were able to squeeze by and make it from one harvest to another.

Fri
24
Sep

Is Michigan’s industrial hemp future in the automotive industry?

Michigan’s hemp industry could get up to $100 million in federal funds to help it compete globally under a proposal pushed by a nationwide growers association.

The state is one of four with emerging hemp industries targeted by the National Hemp Association (NHA) along with Oregon, New York and Florida. The funding would be for developing a “regional super site” in each state to aid in the industry’s growth, said Geoff Whaling, the association’s chair.

Hemp is a cannabis plant with a very low percentage of THC, the psychoactive element of marijuana. Developing the industry could benefit Michigan environmentally and economically, Whaling said. The plant has many uses, but the state’s auto industry is what makes it a target for development.

Fri
24
Sep

Prospect of federal marijuana legalization doesn’t have everyone in Michigan industry jumping for joy

marijuana plant

One thing most people agree on: Federal marijuana legalization is coming.

Tue
21
Sep

Chef Enid Parham shines a light on cannabis cooking and social equity

Enid Parham photo

Recently named Michigan Edibles' best cannabis chef, Enid Parham (also known as Chef Sunflower) is famous for her tasty food. Whether making food that is cannabis-infused or not, she is a whiz in the kitchen. 

Enid ParhamParham runs Lucky Pistil, a catering company that specializes in cannabis-infused food and is a popular choice for metro area elite who are looking for a private party where their guests can get a "little lift". 

Tue
21
Sep

Michigan’s growing hemp industry faces roadblocks

USA map with cannabis and coins

Michigan’s hemp industry could get up to $100 million in federal funds to help it compete globally under a proposal pushed by a nationwide growers association.

The state is one of four with emerging hemp industries targeted by the National Hemp Association, along with Oregon, New York and Florida. The funding would be for developing a “regional super site” in each state to aid in the industry’s growth, said Geoff Whaling, the association’s chair.

Hemp is a cannabis plant with a very low percentage of THC, the psychoactive element of marijuana. Developing the industry could benefit Michigan environmentally and economically, Whaling said. The plant has many uses, but the state’s auto industry is what makes it a target for development.

Thu
09
Sep

Garbage truck smashes into building, exposing secret marijuana farm

crash scene of wall smashed exposing grow op

A garbage truck crashed into a building in Michigan, revealing a secret marijuana operation inside, police say.

Sterling Heights police said the garbage truck was swerving to avoid a car Wednesday morning when it smashed into a commercial building, WXYZ reported.

When accident investigators responded to the scene, they discovered what police say is a marijuana grow farm behind the smashed wall, the news outlet reported.

While marijuana is legal for recreational use in Michigan, the grow farm appears to skirt the city’s laws.

Wed
08
Sep

Cannabis Billboards Face a Ban in Michigan

That's bad news for the cannabis industry, which has turned to billboards as a marketing opportunity.

Cannabis companies have precious few options when it comes to advertising. With the federal government still listing marijuana as an illegal drug, the industry faces strict regulations on advertising its products and services.

The situation has left companies scrambling to get around advertising restrictions. One outlet for companies has involved placing cannabis billboards on highways in states with legal weed. But earlier this year, California officials mandated the removal of some billboards. And proposed action in Michigan could signal that idea is taking hold in other locations.

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