Michigan adds cerebral palsy to list of ailments qualifying for medical marijuana

The use of medical marijuana will be extended to people afflicted with cerebral palsy, according to the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

The condition joins more than two dozen ailments the state has certified as qualifying for a medical marijuana card, ranging from cancer to glaucoma, AIDS and chronic pain.


Illinois’ largely white marijuana industry is booming, and minority-run businesses want in on it

Illinois’ marijuana industry is flourishing. More residents are buying the drug for medicinal use, and the state is on the brink of legalizing recreational use of cannabis, potentially creating opportunities for a new wave of entrepreneurs.

But right now, businesses in line to reap the financial rewards are overwhelmingly male and mostly white.

There are 17 companies that own licenses to grow and process marijuana in Illinois. The majority have CEOs or executive directors who are white, but exact ownership information is unknown.

The state denied a Freedom of Information Act request for data on individuals with ownership stakes in dispensaries and cultivation centers, saying it was confidential.


After 4 months, medical marijuana sales in Michigan exceed $42 million

Michigan's medical marijuana market is growing beyond expectations, generating more than $42 million in sales since the first dispensary opened on Nov. 1.

In the first month of operation, when only a few licensed dispensaries were open, $7.1 million in pot sales were recorded with the state Department of Licensing and Regulation. That figure grew to $11.9 million in January and slipped slightly to $11.2 million in February, a frigidly cold month with three fewer days than January. The total for four months is $42,061,557.


Governor Of Michigan abolishes Medical Marijuana Licensing Board

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan signed an executive order on Friday that abolishes the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board and creates a single state agency to regulate both medical and recreational cannabis. Whitmer’s order, which is scheduled to go into effect on April 30, establishes the Marijuana Regulatory Agency as a part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The governor said in a statement on Friday that the move will streamline the issuing of licenses for cannabis growers, processors, and dispensaries.


Why marijuana sales on the black market are blooming in Michigan after legalization

Working as a cashier at a dead-end job, Jordan D. saw an opportunity to make piles of quick cash after recreational marijuana was legalized in December.

The 25-year-old cobbled together enough money for a few ounces of top-shelf cannabis and began delivering his product to homes in metro Detroit. For a few hundred dollars a month, he spread the word on Weedmaps.com, a popular site for marijuana retailers.

“On a good day, I can make $1,000 or more,” Jordan says. “I get so many calls, I can’t deliver it fast enough.”


Appeals Court says it's okay to discriminate against medical marijuana patients

A Michigan Court of Appeals has recently ruled that employers in the The Great Lakes State can legally fire or refuse to hire medical marijuana patients, writes Calvin Hughes.


Clearing the air: Which Oakland County communities are allowing medical or recreational pot businesses?

Michigan has become increasingly cannabis-friendly over the past decade.

Voters legalized marijuana use for some medical conditions in 2008, and recreational marijuana use last November for adults age 21 and older.

But those new freedoms certainly don’t mean a free market. Or, in many cases, any market at all.

Along with the relaxed rules, local governments have the opportunity to exercise a level of control within their geographic boundaries.

So far, some communities in Oakland County have opted to allow medical marijuana businesses. Many more communities have acted to ban recreational marijuana businesses.


Finley: If pot is legal, treat it that way

Imagine showing up in Lansing with a couple of hundred thousand dollars tucked in your pockets to pay your state tax bill.

As absurd as it may sound, that's the reality for those in the legal marijuana business.

Although Michigan allows legal sales of both medical and recreational marijuana, pot is still listed as a Schedule One narcotic by the federal government.

That means even those who are selling pot legally here are still at risk of running afoul of federal law. And so they can't use banks or other financial service institutions that are regulated and licensed by the federal government.

If they try to do so, even to get a money order to pay their vendors, rent or other expenses, they could face federal money laundering charges. 


Medical marijuana user loses workplace case in Court of Appeals

As Michigan moves toward the widespread availability of marijuana for recreational use, a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday could reinforce zero- tolerance workplace rules against the use of marijuana even in cases in which a person has a valid medical marijuana card. 

The court ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a Dimondale woman, who had claimed that the Lansing Board of Water and Light rescinded a job offer after she tested positive for marijuana, even though she had a medical marijuana card.


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