Michigan Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Growth Potential in New York, Oregon Rec Market Red Hot & MI Stumbles

John Schroyer  | August 26, 2016

By John Schroyer

New York’s health department recommends doubling the size of the state’s medical marijuana industry, Oregon recreational applications flood in as adult-use sales skyrocket, and Michigan’s MJ legal limbo may persist a few more years.

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

Michigan Rec Campaign Loses Court Fight, May Not Make Ballot

John Schroyer  | August 24, 2016

Michigan residents may not get the opportunity to vote on legalizing recreational cannabis in November after a local judge rejected a pro-marijuana campaign’s effort to place an adult-use initiative on the statewide ballot.

Michigan Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello ruled on Tuesday the MILegalize campaign broke the rules by collecting signatures outside a …

Michigan Again Fails to Legalize Dispensaries

John Schroyer  | June 10, 2016

Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries will continue to operate in a legal gray area for at least the rest of the summer, after state lawmakers left the capital for an extended recess without addressing the issue.

The state has repeatedly tried, but failed, for several years running to approve legislation that would formally legalize MMJ dispensaries. Lawmakers won’t …

Michigan Rec Marijuana Campaign Submits Signatures

John Schroyer  | June 1, 2016

A campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan has submitted roughly 100,000 more signatures than needed to qualify for the ballot, fueling optimism that voters will get to decide the issue this November.

Jeffrey Hank, chair of MILegalize, said in an email Wednesday that the campaign turned in to the secretary of state’s office about 354,000 …

Michigan Appeals Court Deals Blow to Cannabis Dispensaries

Omar Sacirbey  | May 23, 2016

Dispensaries in Michigan may be on their last legs after a state court of appeals effectively ruled that medical marijuana patients only can get their medicine by growing it themselves or from registered caregivers who are allowed to assist up to five patients.

The decision comes after two men who were charged with distributing medical …

Three More Michigan Marijuana Dispensaries Raided

John Schroyer  | May 6, 2016

Michigan state police and FBI agents raided three medical marijuana dispensaries in the state capital belonging to a local dispensary business, the latest action by law enforcement against MMJ in the Great Lakes State.

Broadcaster WLNS said agents this week seized marijuana plants, supplies, cash and personal belongings from three dispensaries owned by Lansing-based 

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 …