MILegalize Extends Deadline For Petition Signatures

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 this weekend.

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

Marijuana Dispensaries Sprout Despite Uncertainties

MICHIGAN:  Steve Green, 37, is a medical marijuana patient with a particular distinction.

Green has visited about 30 dispensaries currently open in Lansing and often jokes it only takes “two jars of pot and a lease” to get a local business started.

“There are no guidelines; there’s no licensing procedure,” said Green, a Michigan medical marijuana cardholder since 2010. “It’s kind of great because it allows for true commerce to take place. But it also allows people from other areas to seek haven.”

Lansing doesn’t have a licensing process for medical marijuana dispensaries, despite City Council’s passage of an ordinance in 2011 regulating the businesses. At least 30 businesses applied for licenses that year, according to the City Clerk’s Office, but the Court of Appeals struck down dispensaries as a violation of state law.

Marijuana Legalization Could Be On 2016 Ballot In Michigan

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 Michigan Cannabis Coalition and the Cannabis Law Reform Committee, though board members expressed concern that the petition wording for the Cannabis Law Reform Committee — though apparently meeting legal requirements — was too small and narrowly spaced to make it easily legible for members of the public.

Lansing Michigan Lawmakers To Debate Roadside Saliva Tests For Marijuana Use

MICHIGAN:  Some advocates of medical marijuana say they’ll attend a hearing Thursday in Lansing to oppose bills that would let police use roadside saliva testing if a driver is suspected of being under the influence of marijuana.

But the legislator who sponsored the proposal said opponents missed the point of his bills, whose primary aim is to get repeat intoxicated drivers off the road through better communication among police.

Saliva testing is “not critical to this legislation” although Michigan‘s police officers deserve to have it available, said State Rep. Dan Lauwers, a Republican from Brockway Township near Port Huron.

Michigan Vote On Medical Marijuana Bills Allowing Dispensaries, Edibles, Pharmacy Sales On Hold

MICHIGAN: A vote on a trio of bills related to Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act probably won’t happen until next year.

But that didn’t stop a couple hundred people affected by the law from cramming into three committee rooms Thursday to voice their support and concerns about the bills during a meeting of the House Judiciary committee.

“Our current legislation is the worst,” said Stephen Postema, city attorney for Ann Arbor. “At least take the next step and move the Michigan law into a better place than it is now.”

The bills would: allow communities to determine and regulate if they want medical marijuana dispensaries — called provisioning centers — to operate in their communities; it also would allow for the manufacture and sale of other forms of marijuana, including edibles like brownies and oils.

The bills are needed, said sponsors state Reps. Mike Callton,R-Nashville, and Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake, because court rulings have made dispensaries and edible forms of marijuana illegal.

 

Michigan Vote On Medical Marijuana Bills Allowing Dispensaries, Edibles, Pharmacy Sales On Hold

MICHIGAN: A vote on a trio of bills related to Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act probably won’t happen until next year.

But that didn’t stop a couple hundred people affected by the law from cramming into three committee rooms Thursday to voice their support and concerns about the bills during a meeting of the House Judiciary committee.

“Our current legislation is the worst,” said Stephen Postema, city attorney for Ann Arbor. “At least take the next step and move the Michigan law into a better place than it is now.”

The bills would: allow communities to determine and regulate if they want medical marijuana dispensaries — called provisioning centers — to operate in their communities; it also would allow for the manufacture and sale of other forms of marijuana, including edibles like brownies and oils.

The bills are needed, said sponsors state Reps. Mike Callton,R-Nashville, and Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake, because court rulings have made dispensaries and edible forms of marijuana illegal.

 

Jackson Police Officials Say They'll Allow Possession Of Marijuana On Private Property After Public Vote

MICHIGAN: Jackson law enforcement and city officials have a plan to enforce a new marijuana ordinance that they believe falls within the spirit of the law.

A law passed in November via a 2,242-1,434 vote decriminalizes up to an ounce of marijuana on private property for those age 21 and older within the city.

Jackson Police Chief Matthew Heins said the city police department has advised its officers to follow the new law.

“First and foremost, it was my objective to enforce what voters voted on,” Heins said. “We struggled with some details in the law, but it’s the law.”

Some of the subjects in the law Heins and others debated were what constitutes private property.

“Target is private property, for example,” Heins said. “But we don’t think it was the public’s intention to allow a 21-year-old to possess marijuana at your local Target.”

Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana Sales In Pharmacies Passes Michigan Senate

MICHIGAN: A bill that would allow for the growing and sale of pharmaceutical grade marijuana at pharmacies in Michigan passed the state Senate Wednesday on a 22-16 vote.

The bill was lauded by supporters as a way to guarantee a safe, tested product for medical marijuana users. But opponents said it did nothing to address shortfalls in Michigan’s current medical marijuana law and would outsource production from home growers to out-of-state corporations. [Read more…]

Three Localities in Michigan Approve Legalization By Large Margins

MICHIGAN: Three localities in Michigan (Ferndale, Jackson, and Lansing) all voted in support of marijuana legalization today by huge margins. The three areas had similar proposals to remove criminal and civil penalties for personal possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana. [Read more…]

Three Localities in Michigan Approve Legalization By Large Margins

MICHIGAN: Three localities in Michigan (Ferndale, Jackson, and Lansing) all voted in support of marijuana legalization today by huge margins. The three areas had similar proposals to remove criminal and civil penalties for personal possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana. [Read more…]