Michigan Prohibitionists Would Support Legalization if Passed by Legislature

A Michigan anti-cannabis legalization group has indicated that they would be open to cannabis legalization if the reforms were passed by the Legislature, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Committee to Keep Pot out of Neighborhoods and Schools has conceded that legalization “will be a reality” in the state but hopes legislative action will create […]

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Poll: 61% of Michigan Supports Rec. Cannabis Legalization Initiative

A Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Social Research poll has found 61 percent support for cannabis legalization in the state, with 34 percent opposed and 5 percent undecided. Cannabis legalization was the only issue on the poll with fewer than 15 percent undecided. Pollsters found support lags among Michiganders 65-and-older. Just 30 […]

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Michigan to Regulate CBD as MMJ

Michigan regulators have announced that CBD products – even those derived exclusively from industrial hemp – are subject to regulation under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. “Cannabidiol (CBD) comes from the marihuana plant. Based on the statutory definitions related to “marihuana” found in the Michigan Public Health Code […]

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Michigan MMJ Panel Recommends 10 Conditions for Program Access

The Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel has recommended 10 conditions be added to the state’s medical cannabis program, according to an MLive report. In all, 22 conditions were submitted for consideration by the panel. What conditions were approved: Arthritis Autism Chronic pain Inflammatory bowel disease Obsessive-compulsive disorder Parkinson’s disease Rheumatoid arthritis Spinal cord injury Tourette’s […]

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GOP Lawmakers in Michigan Considering Tying Cannabis Legalization to Income Tax Bill

Republican lawmakers in Michigan are considering tying recreational cannabis legalization to a bill to cut the state’s income tax amid fears that having the issue on November’s ballot will drive voter turnout, especially among young voters who tend to vote Democrat, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Republicans working on the plan to cut the […]

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Cannabis Legalization Will Appear on Michigan Ballots in November

Michigan voters will have the opportunity to legalize cannabis for adult use this November after the State Board of Canvassers approved the petition launched by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. What’s in the initiative: Create a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis system, allowing adults 21-and-older to possess and consume cannabis. Legalization of industrial […]

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Legally Operating Michigan MMJ Dispensaries Receive Fake Cease-and-Desist Letters

Fake cease-and-desist notices are being posted to some Michigan medical cannabis dispensaries that are legally operating under the state’s emergency rules. The fake notices come nearly a month after the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs sent more than 200 to shops that had not received temporary permits. The state stopped issuing cease-and-deists letter on […]

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Michigan Election Officials Approve Legalization Petition Signatures; Moves to Board of Canvassers

The Michigan State Bureau of Elections has recommended that the state Board of Canvassers approve the recreational cannabis use petition by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and put the issue on November ballots. According to the recommendation, the agency determined that the petition contains 277,370 valid signatures. The advocates needed to collect 252,523 […]

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Michigan Sends More MMJ Dispensary Cease-and-Desist Letters, Still Haven’t Issued a License

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs have sent cease and desist letters to more than 200 medical cannabis businesses throughout the state over the last two weeks, despite regulators failing to issue a single operator license in the year-and-a-half since the medical cannabis program reforms were signed into law. According to a Detroit Free […]

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Michigan Regulators Deny First Two MMJ Industry Licenses

The first two applications for Michigan’s new medical cannabis business licenses – one dispensary and one transport service – were both rejected by the state cannabis licensing board, the Detroit Free Press reports. The vote was 2-2 and the fifth member of the board was absent and couldn’t break the tie. The applications were for […]

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Michigan MMJ Regulators Accept 21 Qualifying Condition Petitions

Michigan criminal defense attorney Michael Komorn has helped citizens submit more than 100 petitions to add illnesses to the state’s medical cannabis qualifying conditions list, according to a report from MINORML board member Rick Thompson’s Social Revolution. More than 20 of those petitions have been accepted by the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. The petitions […]

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Michigan Officials Shut Down 40 MMJ Businesses Who Did Not Apply for Licenses

At least 40 medical cannabis dispensaries throughout Michigan were ordered by state officials and the Michigan State Police to stop operating as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs begins its crackdown on dispensaries that did not apply for a license by the Feb. 15 deadline, the Detroit Free Press reports. LARA spokesman David Harns […]

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Michigan Attorney General Candidate Will Support Rec. Cannabis Ballot Initiative

A Democratic candidate for Michigan attorney general Pat Miles has thrown his support behind legalizing cannabis in the state, telling the Detroit News that he would support the reforms if they make the ballot and declaring the war on drugs a failure. “The classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug is ridiculous, and has […]

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Poll: 61% of Michigan Voters Support the Cannabis Legalization Ballot Question

According to an EPIC-MRA poll commissioned by Michigan NORML, 61 percent of voters said they would vote in favor of the ballot question to legalize cannabis use for adults, with 35 percent saying they would reject the proposal. The survey found 45 percent of respondents indicated they would “definitely vote yes” with another 13 percent […]

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Detroit to Challenge Voter-Approved MMJ Industry Reforms in Court

Detroit, Michigan officials intend to file a lawsuit against the voter-approved medical cannabis dispensary rules that relaxed restrictions on businesses, such as reducing the buffer area from religious institutions and requiring public hearings and comments before obtaining approval to open a shop, the Detroit Free Press reports. The legal action comes less than a week […]

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Detroit City Council Passes 180-Day Moratorium on New MMJ Dispensaries

Detroit, Michigan’s City Council has passed a 180-day moratorium on new medical cannabis licenses and permits, the Detroit Free Press reports. Councilman James Tate, who drafted the resolution, said the moratorium is due to two voter-approved measures meant to relax the city’s industry regulations that, he says, violate the state laws. “This is a cautionary […]

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Michigan Anti-Cannabis Legalization Committee Nets $150K from National Prohibitionists

Smart Approaches to Marijuana of Virginia has donated $150,000 to the newly formed Healthy and Productive Michigan organization – a group fighting a potential ballot initiative to legalize cannabis in Michigan, the Detroit News reports. Kevin Sabet, SAM co-founder, indicated this is just the first donation to the prohibitionist group. “Michigan is a priority because […]

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Michigan Treasury: Patients Must Pay 6% Tax on Products Bought from Caregivers

Last week Michigan’s Department of Treasury quietly released an administrative bulletin imposing a 6 percent tax on medical cannabis transfers between a licensed caregiver and their patients. The so-called use tax would not be paid by the supplier, rather it is the responsibility of the patient. The tax “for the use and consumption of this […]

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Poll: Nearly 57% of Michigan Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis for Adults

A new Local 4-Detroit News poll has found that 56.6 percent of Michigan voters support legalizing cannabis for adult use, with 36.7 percent opposed and 6.7 percent undecided. Support was split across party lines, with 71.5 percent of “strong” Democrats supporting the measure, along with 67 percent of those who “lean” Democrat, and 51.1 percent of […]

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Detroit MMJ Licensing on Hold After Lawsuit Filed Against City

Detroit, Michigan’s medical cannabis licensing process is on hold after a business group filed suit against the state claiming they were denied a business license under the new regime because they violated Detroit’s old ordinance, the Detroit Free Press reports. If the suit drags on until Feb. 15, all current operators licensed under the city’s […]

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Michigan Municipalities Split on MMJ Operations

Of the 127 communities in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties in Michigan, just five – Detroit, Inkster, River Rouge, Lenox Township and Orion Township — have indicated they passed ordinances to allow medical cannabis businesses in the municipality, the Detroit Free Press reports. Harrison Township, located in Macomb County, is expected to vote on the […]

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Michigan Accepting MMJ Industry Applications

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is now accepting applications for medical cannabis cultivators, processors, transporters, dispensaries, and testing laboratories. Interested businesses and individuals can apply online or in-person. The agency has released an application instruction booklet to help candidates navigate the process, which includes background checks, and a $6,000 application fee. “Designing and […]

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Michigan MMJ Operators Allowed to Continue Business While Licensing Proceeds

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has approved the state’s emergency medical cannabis rules which allow current dispensaries approved by their municipality to stay open after Dec. 15 without risk of being shut down. The rules will allow them to stay open until they are either approved or denied a license by the state. According to the […]

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Michigan Cannabis Legalization Campaign Submits Ballot Initiative Signatures

Michigan’s Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted more than 365,000 signatures to state officials on Monday – 100,000 more than the 252,523 valid signatures required to put a ballot initiative to voters, paving the way for the issue to make its way to voters in 2018. Looking at the initiative The measure would implement […]

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