State Supreme Court Rules For And Against Medical Pot

The task force overseeing the program met Friday for the first time since it launched this summer, with a sharp focus on the growing pains of Minnesota's new medical marijuana economy — from patient's struggles to afford the medication to the logistical hurdles that come with selling a drug that the federal government still bans.

MICHIGAN:  For the ninth time, the Michigan Supreme Court has weighed in on the state’s medical marijuana law, remanding a pair of cases back to Oakland County Circuit Court to have another hearing on whether two men can claim immunity from prosecution for growing and providing weed to people with medical marijuana cards. Richard Hartwick Read the full article…

Michigan Medical Marijuana ‘Provisioning Centers Act’ Hijacked And Corrupted

With the release of the latest draft of Michigan’s medical marijuana dispensary bill, sponsor Rep. Michael Callton has taken The Provisioning Centers Act in a “drastically different” direction.

MICHIGAN: 1,500 marijuana plants in a single garden? Armed guards transporting pot brownies from the kitchen to the warehouse? A 16% tax on medical marijuana? With the release of the latest draft of Michigan’s medical marijuana dispensary bill, HB 4209, sponsor Rep. Michael Callton (R-Nashville) has taken The Provisioning Centers Act in a “drastically different” direction. The Read the full article…

$100K Problem: Half Of Marijuana Tickets In Grand Rapids Going Unpaid

Barely half of the people ticketed for marijuana possession are paying their fines.

MICHIGAN:  Barely half of the people ticketed for marijuana possession are paying their fines. More than $100,000 in civil infraction fines has gone uncollected since voters decriminalized the drug, according to Grand Rapids District Court data. Several hundred offenders haven’t paid up, prompting the court to consider enforcing non-response to tickets as a misdemeanor crime. Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization Could Be On 2016 Ballot In Michigan

At least one and possibly two more measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use could still be on their way to the ballot.

MICHIGAN:  Two measures to legalize marijuana could appear on the November 2016 state ballot after the Board of State Canvassers approved petition wording Thursday. At least one and possibly two more measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use could still be on their way to the ballot. The board on Thursday unanimously approved petition wordings for the Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization Petitions Approved By Michigan Board

Shaw, who in 1997 opened one of the first legal cannabis dispensaries in the US, received a lifetime achievement award at the confab, for her work as an activist in legalizing medical marijuana

MICHIGAN:  Michigan would legalize the use of marijuana for recreational use under two proposed initiatives for which advocates will soon begin collecting voter signatures. The Board of State Canvassers approved the form of the petitions on Thursday. Two advocacy groups need about 253,000 valid signatures each to put the bills before the Republican-led Legislature. The measures would Read the full article…

Let’s Legalize And Tax Marijuana To Help Pay For Michigan Roads, Schools, Police

Taking marijuana off the black market will generate much needed revenue, allow us to redeploy law enforcement resources to focus on violent and property crime, and ease the tax burden on the middle class.

MICHIGAN:  It’s no secret that Michigan has a problem finding enough money to invest in critical priorities like roads, education and public safety. The costs of providing a good education to our kids, fixing our roads and providing even basic services to residents continue to climb. Taxpayers have made it clear in the voting booth Read the full article…

New Michigan Poll Shows 51 Percent Support Legalization Of Marijuana

"Just behind those people who live in suburban Wayne county, 55 percent of voters in Mid Michigan support the polls only 42 percent oppose," said Shields.

MICHIGAN:  The stronger support comes from Democrats and voters younger than 40. Republicans and voters 40 or older oppose it. The younger you are, the more likely you are to support legalizing marijuana. “It’s becoming more acceptable at this point in time, especially among younger voters,” said Tom Shield with Marketing Resource Group. “As younger voters Read the full article…

Some In Michigan Eye Marijuana To Aid State, Communities

The three largest state branches of the union representing nearly 70,000 retail workers, endorsed Wednesday an initiative to legalize marijuana.

MICHIGAN:  Michigan’s state budget is so tight it squeaks — while roads crumble, schools drown in debt and local officials demand a return of state aid. Across the country, federal needs pile up, as well, from airport runway repairs to zebra mussel monitoring. Yet state and federal lawmakers are loathe to raise taxes. Enter marijuana. Coast to Read the full article…

State Rep Announces Bill To Legalize Marijuana At Hash Bash

Dozens of activists -- including Tommy Chong and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero -- spoke out about marijuana at the 44th Annual Hash Bash.

MICHIGAN:  Dozens of activists — including comedian Tommy Chong, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) — spoke out about the various merits of marijuana at the 44th Annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor Saturday.  Jim Powers told the large, smoky crowd gathered at the University of Michigan’s Diag how cannabis Read the full article…

Attorney Transforms Old Warehouse Into ‘Fort Knox For Pot’ For Medical Marijuana Growers

Attorney transforms old warehouse into 'Fort Knox for pot' for medical marijuana growers.

MICHIGAN:  The fact that there’s money to be made in the marijuana business is nothing new, but the idea that it can be made legally is a novel concept. At an undisclosed location on the city’s West Side, criminal attorney Matthew Herman is looking to cash in on the growing tolerance toward marijuana legally and socially. Read the full article…