Michigan Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 2017?

John Schroyer  | January 25, 2017

By John Schroyer

After a landmark year in cannabis legalization, marijuana advocates have plenty of work left. And they’re not resting on their laurels.

The Marijuana Policy Project calculates a whopping 37 legalization bills for medical or recreational marijuana are likely to be introduced in 33 states and the District of Columbia in 2017.

MedMen gives MPP $1 million for advocacy efforts

Bart Schaneman  | November 18, 2016

The cannabis management consultancy MedMen has contributed $1 million to the Marijuana Policy Project to support efforts to end cannabis prohibition.

The check presentation occurred at the Los Angeles company’s party in conjunction with this week Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

 “Last week our industry scored a big victory,” MedMen CEO Adam …

Michigan MMJ program criticized for doctor certifications

Omar Sacirbey  | November 3, 2016

Michigan’s medical marijuana program has come under criticism after a state audit found that a small number of doctors were responsible for certifying tens of thousands of patients for MMJ, a finding that raises questions about the state’s oversight of the industry.

An audit by the state of Michigan released Thursday found that one …

Week in Review: Detroit crackdown, NYSE listing bid & LSU proposes big bucks on MMJ

Bart Schaneman  | October 21, 2016

By Bart Schaneman, Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Detroit cracks down on dispensaries, a cannabis real estate investment trust eyes a Big Board listing, and Louisiana State University proposes spending millions on medical marijuana cultivation.

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

Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries closed in Detroit

Omar Sacirbey  | October 17, 2016

Detroit is “making meaningful progress” in shuttering dozens of medical cannabis dispensaries that fail to comply with the city’s zoning rules, a local official said.

Melvin “Butch” Hollowell, Detroit’s corporation counsel, said 171 dispensaries remain open, down from 273 in March. His goal earlier this year was to close all but 50 by December, …

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 …