Michigan Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Michigan Medical Cannabis Firms in Limbo, MA to the Rescue, Alaska Crawls Ahead

John Schroyer  | September 16, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Michigan medical marijuana businesses ponder their future under a new regulatory system, Massachusetts hopes to jump-start its MMJ program, and Alaska’s rec rollout proceeds at a snail’s pace.

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

Michigan Legislature Passes MMJ Industry Regulations

John Schroyer  | September 14, 2016

Michigan lawmakers at long last approved a set of sweeping regulations Wednesday for the state’s sizable medical marijuana industry, paving the way for a statewide oversight and licensing system for MMJ businesses.

For years, Michigan’s legislature had failed to agree on a regulatory system that would stabilize Michigan’s MMJ trade. But lawmakers were finally able to pass a …

Michigan Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Put MJ Legalization on Ballot

Roger Fillion  | September 9, 2016

It appears all but certain that Michigan residents won’t be voting on legalizing recreational marijuana in November, a blow to MJ entrepreneurs angling to participate in a new adult-use market.

Michigan’s Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by Michigan’s pro-legalization campaign, the Detroit Free Press reported. The high court effectively affirmed lower …

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 …