College student uses marijuana merchandise loophole to get around Michigan laws

A month and a day into Michigan's decision to legalize recreational pot usage, Alex Poulos, an enrollee at The University of Detroit Mercy, is using a marijuana merchandise loophole to try to build his Wolverine State-based business. Government officials have not included a date by which anyone can sell the substance, but the budding 22-year-old entrepreneur is sort of making up for that void by including weed as a gift to those who make marijuana merchandise purchases through


First marijuana recall issued for Michigan

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has issued a voluntary recall on marijuana products.

According to LARA, the recall includes non-laboratory tested marijuana products that were supplied to provisioning centers by Choice Labs, LLC in Jackson.

Patients or caregivers who have these affected medical marijuana products in their possession are advised to return them to the provisioning center from which they were purchased for proper disposal.

During the recall, provisioning centers are encouraged to notify patients or caregivers that purchased these medical marijuana products of the recall.

LARA said Choice Labs will dispose of or retest the recalled medical marijuana products.


Medical marijuana rules making it hard for some to buy

Michigan's medical marijuana rules have changed again and that has some of you frustrated. We heard from News 10 viewers who are suddenly having a hard time finding a place to buy it legally in Lansing.

As of January 1, 2019, it's no longer acceptable for any dispensary to be in business without both a state and local license. And that means the number of options in the capital city just got slashed.

Right now only two medical marijuana shops in Lansing have both licenses, HG Lansing on Oakland Avenue and Cannaisseur on North East Street.

Nine others have city licenses but are still waiting for state approval. They run the risk of getting rejected for a state license if they stay open during the process.


Gift of pot? Marijuana businesses work in Michigan law's gray area

Selling marijuana won’t be legal for another year in Michigan, but entrepreneurs are seeing green with a loophole in the new law.

Since recreational marijuana became legal Dec. 6, a few have made hundreds, even thousands, of dollars by selling overpriced inexpensive goods such as snacks, T-shirts and chocolates with a “gift” of marijuana. They agree their businesses operate in a gray area under state law, leaving law enforcement waiting for the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department to clarify the statute's language.


More than 70 medical marijuana dispensaries shut down over state licensing

Dozens of local medical marijuana dispensaries are shut down after the state issued a deadline for the businesses to get a license.

However, many dispensaries say it’s not right and they should have received their license from the state months ago.

Now, patients are left looking for new dispensaries to get their medication.

"If you’re going to open any of them, this is the place that needs to be open right here," Allison Fuller said.

She's been a customer of Holistic Health Wayne since it opened.

More than 70 unlicensed state medical marijuana dispensaries are shutdown as of December 31.


Groups searching for loopholes to get legal pot in MI

As marijuana fans wait for the day when marijuana can be legally bought and sold – a day as long as a year away – some are trying to find loopholes in the recently passed Proposal 1 that will allow them to get their weed now.

But some enterprising individuals are trying to use that provision to generate another kind of green. 

“It’s pretty clear, giving away or otherwise transferring without remuneration – without compensation – up to 2.5 ounces to a person who is 21 years or older is authorized as long as the transference is not advertised or promoted to the public,” said Robert Hendricks, a business attorney specializing in marijuana law and one of the drafters of Proposal 1.


Detroit police refuse to stop spelling 'marijuana' with an H

State officials in Michigan can finally stop referring to cannabis as 'maihuana,' but cops in Detroit refuse to spell 'marijuana' with a 'j' instead of an 'h', writes Calvin Hughes. 

Until recently, 'marihuana' was the official spelling for cannabis in Michigan. All laws and official documents, emails, tweets and other forms of communication used that old-timey spelling, which made state legislators and law enforcers sound like they'd just wandered off the set of 'Reefer Madness.' 


Michigan counties face issues dealing with marijuana

Monroe County is seeking a state grant over medical marijuana education.

The county is looking to receive more than $54,000 to fund public education programs. Officials are hoping to promote safe medical marijuana use and storage and youth education.

A main point of topic for officials is preventing accidental consumption by minors.

Meanwhile, officials are banning legal marijuana facilities within its borders in Raisin Township in Lenawee County.

Those who voted for the ordinance say they want to wait and see how the new law is written before allowing legal facilities in their area.

Voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana by a wide margin back in November.


Dozens of Michigan communities are voting to ban marijuana shops

In a sea of blue that represents the overwhelming number of yes votes that Oakland County residents lodged to legalize marijuana, the city of Troy stands out.

In the county’s map of election results, Troy residents — by narrow margins in nearly every precinct — voted against legal weed with a final tally of 19,508 "no" votes and 18,528 "yes" votes. In the rest of the county, the map shows wide swaths of support and voters approved the measure 59 to 41 percent.

The Troy City Council, which already had banned medical marijuana businesses from the city, took note of the vote just six days after the election.


Marijuana businesses in Michigan skirt no-sale regulations with cannabis gifting

Michigan voted to legalize recreational cannabis during the midterm elections last November, making them the first midwest state to do so, writes Calvin Hughes. However, those hoping to actually go out a buy some legal weed are in for a bit of a wait since the state government won't set up a framework for recreational cannabis retailers for at least another year.

But some enterprising individuals though have figured out how to play within a legal gray area—cannabis gifting.


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