Michigan Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Detroit Dispensaries Drop Suit Against New Regs

John Schroyer  | April 11, 2016

A group of medical marijuana dispensary owners has abandoned a lawsuit challenging Detroit’s new zoning and licensing regulations.

The rules, which took effect March 1, are expected to cut the number of dispensaries in the city to as low 50 from more than 200.

March 31 was the final day dispensaries could apply for licenses to …

Week in Review: DEA Decision, Raid Response in MI & Cannabis Club Vote in DC

John Schroyer  | April 8, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it will decide soon whether to reschedule marijuana, Michigan attorneys develop a defense strategy for raided dispensaries, and Washington DC city leaders vote to ban cannabis social clubs.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

MI Dispensary Owners Consider Suing Over Raid

Omar Sacirbey  | April 5, 2016

A husband and wife team that owns a locally licensed dispensary in Michigan is considering suing the county whose officers raided their home 19 months ago, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Annette and Dale Shattuck assert that even though the St. Claire County Drug Task Force returned most of the property it …

Week in Review: Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania, OSHA Fines + Obstacles in Two States

John Schroyer  | March 18, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Pennsylvania moves closer to legalizing medical cannabis, a New Mexico MMJ business gets hit with a five-figure fine, and crackdowns in two states highlight the dangers of operating in unregulated markets.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Dispensary Raids Ramping Up Across Michigan

John Schroyer  | March 16, 2016

In the past week, law enforcement raids against Michigan medical cannabis dispensaries have been ramping up, and storefronts all across the state have been targeted.

In total, at least 16 dispensaries have been hit by various law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, multiple sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police. All …

Detroit Dispensaries on Edge as Licensing Nears

John Schroyer  | February 25, 2016

By John Schroyer

DETROIT – “Don’t even apply for a license. You won’t even get through the zoning.”

That’s the advice Detroit attorney Matt Abel gave on Tuesday to Melanie Faison, who runs the Miles Green Acres medical cannabis caregiver center on the north-central side of the city.

Detroit Dispensaries Get 30-day Window to Apply for Licenses

Omar Sacirbey  | February 4, 2016

More than 200 medical cannabis dispensaries in Detroit will have from March 1-31 to apply for a license to legally operate in the city.

Dispensaries that don’t meet the deadline or requirements will be closed, said Melvin Butch Hollowell, the city’s highest ranking lawyer. Hollowell announced the plan Tuesday, and said notices went out to …

Third Michigan Marijuana Measure Clears Initial Hurdle

Omar Sacirbey  | December 30, 2015

Michigan election officials have approved the language of a third ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

Abrogate Prohibition Michigan must now gather 315,000 legitimate petition signatures to get its ballot initiative in front of voters next November.

While the competing measures suggest strong interest in recreational marijuana legalization – with polls …