Michigan Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Local control could become an issue if Michigan legalizes recreational cannabis

Will local governments have the power to unilaterally ban marijuana companies if a recreational legalization ballot measure is approved in Michigan in November? The answer seems to be up in the air, according to Detroit TV station WDIV. “One interpretation says all communities are opted in automatically until they opt out. The other interpretation is […]

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Michigan medical marijuana license applicants must wait another month

Seventeen medical cannabis companies that were supposed to get news on Monday about their state license applications in Michigan will have to wait another month, along with many more that are waiting on a state board to make headway on the permitting process. Hundreds of companies have applied for medical marijuana business licenses. But state […]

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Marijuana industry banking woes: Here’s how some states are struggling to address them

U.S. cannabis companies are forecast to bring in as much as $10 billion in retail sales this year, according to the Marijuana Business Factbook 2018. But much of that money will go unbanked by financial institutions wary of possible sanctions for servicing businesses considered federally illegal. However, as more states legalize cannabis, regulators and lawmakers are […]

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Week in Review: California assails unregulated marijuana, Oregon halts licensing & Michigan’s MMJ travails

California gets federal money to combat unregulated marijuana growers, Oregon suspends its cannabis licensing process in the face of a product glut, and Michigan extends a medical MJ permitting deadline. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. Federal ‘Trojan horse’? A cannabis industry insider is suspicious […]

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Michigan extends medical marijuana license deadline by three months

Michigan extended the deadline for medical marijuana licenses by three months, until Sept. 15, providing relief to businesses that have been waiting to receive approvals under a new regulatory regime. The process of restructuring Michigan’s MMJ industry has been slow going. Concerns had been building that application reviews wouldn’t be finished by the original June […]

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Michigan anti-cannabis group now urges legalization

A campaign formed to combat a Michigan recreational marijuana legalization ballot measure has pivoted in a big way: It’s now asking state lawmakers to establish a more stringent adult-use MJ regulatory system instead of leaving it up to voters.

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Michigan regulator to consider expanding medical cannabis conditions list

A top Michigan regulator will consider an advisory board’s recommendation to add chronic pain, autism and other conditions to a list of allowable medical conditions for the use of marijuana. The review panel recommended including the following conditions: Obsessive compulsive disorder Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Spinal cord injury Inflammatory bowel disease Ulcerative colitis Parkinson’s disease Tourette […]

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Michigan aims to issue first medical marijuana permits before June 15

It’ll be about another month and a half before the state of Michigan begins issuing medical cannabis business licenses. That’s according to Andrew Brisbo, director of the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. He told the Detroit Free Press he hopes the first such permits will be handed out within six weeks. If that doesn’t […]

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Recreational marijuana use makes Michigan’s November ballot

A ballot drive to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan has cleared a key hurdle. The state’s elections board said Thursday that organizers of a ballot drive to legalize adult use have collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. According to Detroit TV station WDIV, the group seeking to get the issue on Michigan’s […]

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Bogus cease-and-desist letters target Michigan medical cannabis dispensaries

Several Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries have received sham cease-and-desist letters even though they have been operating legitimately under temporary state rules while awaiting a business license. The bogus letters resemble genuine cease-and-desist notifications that authorities recently delivered to 213 MMJ businesses that failed to apply for a state license and were operating without local approval, according to […]

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