Michigan

Mon
19
Aug

Residents in Michigan cities to receive incentives to enter cannabis industry

Residents of 19 Michigan cities are gearing up to take part in the state’s cannabis social justice program. The business licensing discount system is designed to prioritize entrepreneurs in the new industry who are longtime residents of economically underprivileged areas, who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs, and who have a demonstrated interest in facilitating access to cannabis.

Wed
14
Aug

Michigan is experiencing a medical marijuana drought

Marijuana users have often been plagued by the August drought: those dog days of late summer that fall between harvests in Mexico or somewhere when there was simply no weed available, when you went down your list of dealers and struck out on every one with a "call me back in a week or two" response.

Mon
12
Aug

Michigan’s marijuana regulatory agency introduces tier-based fee system

Regulators in Michigan announced on Thursday that license fees for legal medical marijuana businesses in the state will be transitioning to a tier-based system beginning on October 1. Under the plan, most businesses would see a reduction in fees or no change, although some companies will end up paying more.

Andrew Brisbo, the director of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency, said that medical marijuana companies will now pay license fees based on their size.

“We want to make the fees reasonably related to the size of the operation, so businesses are paying an equitable share,” said Brisbo.

Fri
09
Aug

Michigan’s cannabis program receives B+ in national ranking

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has issued its 2018-2019 State of the States report card for cannabis programs in the United States and Michigan’s ranking remains steady with a B+ grade.

The group issues the reports most years. In 2015 Michigan received a C+ and has been awarded the B+ in each report since, in 2016, 2017 and the current issue.

The report grades each state on a number of different factors including:

Wed
07
Aug

Michigan finds out after legalization, the wait for retail sales is the national norm

It’s been nearly eight months since Michigan’s marijuana legalization law took effect and the first retail sales are still months away.

Michiganders will have to wait until at least November to know if they’ll be able to buy marijuana at a store in time for Christmas -- or wait until after the New Year.

The gap between legalization and the start of retail sales in states starting their own recreational marijuana industries is the national norm, according to an MLive analysis.

Fri
02
Aug

Will Michigan become the latest State to wipe out cannabis convictions?

Saying he wants to allow people to “move on with their lives,” Jeff Irwin, a Michigan state senator from Ann Arbor, has introduced a bill that would allow the state to expunge the arrest records of state residents on misdemeanor marijuana use and possession charges.

The measure continues a trend that is spreading across the country in which social justice has become a component of marijuana legalization. Most recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that decriminalizes marijuana possession in that state and wipes certain convictions from a person's criminal record.

Fri
19
Jul

Michigan announces cannabis social equity program in 19 communities

With $42 million having been announced in medical marijuana revenue during the first four months of sales in Michigan, the state’s policymakers face a distinct challenge. How do you make sure that a decent slice of that money goes to those who have had their lives turned upside-down by Drug War prohibition over the years? The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency [MRA] made part of its strategy to this end clear this week when it released details for a sweeping social equity program that will support cannabis entrepreneurs in 19 communities.

Thu
18
Jul

Using marijuana to treat glaucoma

Marijuana increased in popularity in the mid-1970s when there was interest in cannabinoids for reduction in intraocular pressure (IOP), which is the fluid pressure inside the eye. Now, its usage has increased due to its pleasure-inducing side effects, and behind tobacco, alcohol and caffeine, it is the most widely used drug in society, according to Michigan Medicine ophthalmologist, Theresa M. Cooney, M.D.

Wed
17
Jul

Plan for automatic expungement of cannabis records proposed in Michigan

There continues to be some large gaps in justice when it comes to the state by state cannabis legalization movement. Among them is a key question; What happens to those individuals with cannabis offenses that took place before the laws changed? Believe it or not, many of them aren’t automatically, retroactively covered by new laws that decriminalize or legalize weed going forward. In Michigan, one senator is looking to right this wrong. 

Tue
16
Jul

Michigan caregivers control more than 1 million cannabis plants

Michigan’s registered medical marijuana caregivers have permission to grow more than one million cannabis plants, while licensed commercial cultivators are authorized to grow one tenth of that number.

These figures are crucially important to understand as Michigan ramps up efforts to boost the industry prior to licensing businesses for the state’s adult use cannabis market later this year. Even with accelerated licensing approvals it seems highly unlikely that commercial production of cannabis will be sufficient to satisfy the needs of the adult use market for quite some time.

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