Michigan: Legalization Coalition Turns In 360,000 Signatures To Place Issue On 2018 Ballot

The initiative permits those over the age of 21 to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis and related concentrates, while also licensing activities related to the commercial marijuana production and retail marijuana sales.

MICHIGAN: Proponents of a voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the personal use and retail sale of cannabis in Michigan have turned in more than 360,000 signatures in an effort to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot. Advocates must possess a total of 252,523 valid signatures from registered voters in order to place the Read the full article…

Michigan Court Puts The Lid On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

cannabis is not a gateway drug

MICHIGAN:  It looks like the state Court of Appeals has pounded another nail into the coffin of marijuana dispensaries in Michigan. A pair of West Michigan men who faced little to no jail time after they reached plea deals for distributing medical marijuana appealed their cases, which took a circuitous route through court system. The Read the full article…

MILegalize Extends Deadline For Petition Signatures

“We’re really strong financially," Hank said.  "We’ve received or have pledged to us more than $500,000.”

MICHIGAN: A Lansing-based group collecting signatures to get a marijuana-legalization question on statewide ballots next year says it’s extending its petition campaign past a previous deadline of Dec. 21 that its leaders had set. “For a variety of reasons, MILegalize is extending its campaign,”  Lansing attorney Jeffrey Hank, chair of the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee, said Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana May Go The Way Of Alcohol In Michigan Senate

Study: Cannabis and mental illness

MICHIGAN: Michigan would create a tiered system for medical marijuana growers, distributors and retailers under evolving legislation up for a likely vote Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said Monday medical pot bills approved by the House earlier this year will be amended in his committee to prevent an owner from being Read the full article…

Detroit Council May Crack Down On Booming Pot Industry

The restrictions would require that dispensaries not be located within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, caregiver centers and places such as liquor stores.

MICHIGAN: The Detroit City Council is expected take up a second ordinance to regulate the city’s booming medical marijuana industry on Tuesday, although final approval of the measure may not come until January. The council’s planning and economic development committee on Thursday approved the latest version of ordinances designating where dispensaries can locate. Without those Read the full article…

Michigan Prosecutors Pressured Lab On Medical Marijuana Results

“I’d never seen a lab report reporting origin unknown,” Komorn told The Intercept. “What was produced for us was the most unbelievable set of documents I’ve ever seen.”

MICHIGAN: The Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division finds itself embroiled in scandal as newly released emails paint a picture of a crime lab in turmoil over how to classify marijuana. Attorneys and medical marijuana advocates accuse Michigan prosecutors of pressuring the state’s crime lab to falsely classify the origins of THC found in hash oils and Read the full article…

Michigan Marijuana Legalization Advocates See Promise, Peril In Ohio Pot Proposal

Employees are still waiting on the dispensary's official license from the state before they can start selling.

MICHIGAN: Michigan groups hoping to legalize marijuana in 2016 are turning their attention to Ohio today, as voters in the Buckeye State decide the fate of a unique pot proposal. The Responsible Ohio measure would legalize recreational and medical use of the drug but restrict commercial growing to 10 sites controlled by wealthy investors, who would essentially Read the full article…

Rules For Marijuana Shops Debated At Detroit Hearing

The Detroit City Council is considering a proposal that includes a way to license the city's approximately 150 medical marijuana shops. The proposal also has zoning restrictions on how close they can operate near schools, churches and other dispensaries.

MICHIGAN: Concerned Detroiters who cringe at the rapid spread of marijuana dispensaries and medical marijuana card-holders who say they rely on the product for treatment packed a public hearing Monday to debate proposed regulations of the city’s medical marijuana industry. The Detroit City Council is considering a proposal that includes a way to license the city’s approximately 150 medical marijuana Read the full article…

Medicinal Marijuana Bills Pass Michigan State House

Study: Cannabis and mental illness

MICHIGAN: This past week, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a series of bills regarding Michigan’s medical marijuana laws. Among these bills include a 3 percent excise tax on medicinal marijuana. The funds collected from the tax will go toward establishing a more regulated and controlled environment that will help insure safety and consistency. When Read the full article…

Proposed Tax Changed As Michigan House Preps Vote On Major Medical Marijuana package

he three-bill package would make major changes to the state's medical marijuana program, approved by voters in 2008. While it would not end the patient-caregiver system that allows for home growing, it would create a separate regulatory framework for medical marijuana businesses.

MICHIGAN: Medical marijuana dispensaries would be taxed at 3 percent, and customer patients would also pay the state’s six-percent sales tax, under legislation set for a vote Wednesday in the Michigan House. The proposed dispensary tax was lowered from 8 percent in a substitute bill adopted by the House on Tuesday, and the medical tax would be eliminated Read the full article…