Colleges are launching cannabis degrees and certificate programs

Cannabis is coming to the classroom.

The first degrees in cannabis chemistry will be offered beginning this fall at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., according to the university’s website. The soon-to-be-launched program will offer both associate and bachelor’s degrees, and will equip students “with the knowledge necessary to gain employment in emergent cannabis markets.”


Medical Marijuana facilities given temporary licenses following shortage

More than 70 Michigan dispensaries operating under temporary licenses were forced to shut their doors at the beginning of 2019. In compliance with a set of bills passed in 2016, reforming the way the state regulates the production and sale of medical marijuana. The result was a shortage in medical marijuana, plaguing many areas in Michigan including much of Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor is home to 20 dispensaries, only seven of which have official licenses. Kinesiology junior L.J. Horowitz, a member of Green Wolverine’s founding executive board, estimated Ann Arbor has one of the highest densities of official and total medical marijuana provisioning centers in the state. Green Wolverine is a student organization focusing on the cannabis industry. 


Advocates sue Michigan to remove cannabis from controlled substances list

A group of cannabis activists in Michigan has filed a lawsuit against the government to remove marijuana from the state’s list of controlled substances. Despite being legalized for medical purposes in 2008 and the beginning of legal recreational sales last year, cannabis is still listed in the Michigan Public Health Code as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. This classification indicates that a drug has no medicinal value and a high potential for abuse.

Michael Komorn, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, said cannabis should not remain as a scheduled drug.


Study shows more people using medical marijuana in place of pharmaceuticals

A University of Michigan study has found that many medical marijuana users were able to replace their use of pharmaceutical drugs with cannabis. The research, which was published this month in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, showed that 44 percent of those who used medical cannabis were able to stop taking a pharmaceutical drug, use less of one, or both.


New Michigan canna-businesses find ways to house cash in banks

In the 2018 midterm elections last November, Michigan voters approved a measure to legalize a retail adult-use cannabis industry. As that industry begins to gain its footing, cannabis companies are looking ahead to the banking issues they’re soon to face. Fortunately for them, legal marijuana industries in other states have already shown that there are a number of ways around cannabis’ well-known cash crisis. And Michigan’s cannabis companies are availing themselves of many of those tricks.


Michigan medical marijuana recalled for fourth time as officials encourage independent testing

Medical marijuana products sold at an Ypsilanti provisioning center are being recalled after they failed to meet state testing standards, Michigan officials announced Friday.

It’s the fourth mandatory recall this month from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs of caregiver product sold untested in December, and fifth recall in total. All told, more than 48 pounds of medical marijuana has been recalled in the past two weeks, according to the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation.


More than 60 closed Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries may reopen

Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries that were forced to close at the end of 2018 can resume doing business at least until March 31, a state board ruled Wednesday.

Michigan's Medical Marijuana Licensing Board took the action, in a 4-0 vote, to address concerns about ensuring patient supply while many providers are still working to meet license requirements.

"We're going to take care of the patients," said board Chairman Rick Johnson, but by March 31, "if you're not licensed, you're probably going to be in deep trouble."

More than 60 closed dispensaries around the state might be able to reopen under the resolution, said David Harns, a spokesman for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.


Licensing issues lead to medical marijuana shortage in Michigan

Because of licensing issues at the state level, medical marijuana facilities across the state are closed because there's no product for patients.

On Wednesday both Gov. Whitmer and the new director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs asked the state's medical marijuana board to allow temporary operating facilities to reopen and allow them to get marijuana from caregivers, not just commercial grow operations.

“There is a shortage of supply in the market because there are only a handful of licensed grows in Michigan,” Jeff Schroder with law firm Plunkett Cooney said. “This would allow dispensaries and retail provisioning centers to purchase their quantities from caregivers again.”


Michigan companies are 'gifting' marijuana, at least until legal pot stores open

While Michigan voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018, there are, of yet, no licensed stores from which to buy it in the state. Consequently, companies are turning to other options for distributing the substance within their borders, writes Brandon Hicks.


Recreational weed may spark up Michigan's medical marijuana industry

One in four applications for a license to run a medical marijuana facility made it to the state licensing board in 2018 as state officials conducted extensive vetting and fielded inquiries from 900 prospective businesses.

Last year the industry welcomed new regulations and legal clarity from a 2016 law -- the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) -- and the state saw the first retail sale of medical marijuana in October.

The 2018 launch of the commercialized medical marijuana industry ended with a marijuana shortage and the closure of at least 72 dispensaries. Starting 2019, patients are having trouble finding their medicine.


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