$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…

Hash Bash 2015 A Call To Action For Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Ann Arbor's annual celebration of all things cannabis, known as the Hash Bash, returns this Saturday.

MICHIGAN:  Ann Arbor‘s annual celebration of all things cannabis, known as the Hash Bash, returns this Saturday. Thousands of marijuana advocates from throughout Michigan and beyond are expected to swarm the University of Michigan Diag at noon for a two-hour rally featuring speakers ranging from comedian Tommy Chong to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, as well Read the full article…

Michigan Marijuana Legalization Proposals – And A Potential Race To The Ballot – In The Works For 2016

Colorado backs away from pot clubs

MICHIGAN: Two separate — and potentially competing — groups are laying the groundwork for 2016 ballot proposals that would seek to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in Michigan. Jeffrey Hank, an attorney who spearheaded a still-pending legalization effort in East Lansing last year, filed paperwork with the state on Tuesday to form the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Read the full article…