Michigan Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Florida acts on MMJ rules, Michigan picks board & Canada eyes more cannabis production

Bart Schaneman  | June 2, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

The Florida health department plans to establish the state’s medical marijuana rules without legislative input, Michigan appoints a five-member board to set MMJ regulations, and Canada aims to boost cannabis production.

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

Ohioans buying Michigan medical cannabis before Ohio sales start 

Bart Schaneman  | May 30, 2017

Ohioans wanting medical marijuana have been crossing the border into Michigan, where some Detroit-area dispensaries will sell to out-of-staters who are issued recommendations for cannabis use months ahead of the drug becoming available in their home state, according to officials from a company providing the recommendations.

The move is giving a boost to Michigan MMJ businesses before …

Michigan governor appoints medical cannabis regulatory board

John Schroyer  | May 26, 2017

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed five board members to the state Medical Marijuana Licensing Board, a move that’s expected to allow the regulation and licensing process to get underway.

The board will regulate growth, processing, transportation and selling of medical marijuana. Former Republican Speaker of the House Rick Johnson will be chairman. Senate Marjority …

FBI: Michigan man wanted to bribe officials for marijuana dispensary

Roger Fillion  | May 19, 2017

The FBI says a Michigan restaurant owner was willing to pay bribes to suburban Detroit officials to try to get them to allow him to open a medical marijuana dispensary.

The disclosure was made in a document filed this week in federal court. The government wants to keep $15,000 that was …

Recreational marijuana legalization drive launched in Michigan

Bart Schaneman  | May 5, 2017

Marijuana proponents have launched a 2018 ballot drive to make Michigan the ninth state to legalize the use and sale of recreational cannabis and the first in the Midwest to do so.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted petition language Friday. It plans to soon begin collecting signatures once the Board of State Canvassers approves the …

MPP chief ready to barter for marijuana campaign donations

John Schroyer  | April 28, 2017

Rob Kampia wants to make a deal with people or groups willing to donate money to his legalization efforts.

The executive director of Marijuana Policy Project, Kampia called Marijuana Business Daily on Thursday after reading an MJBizDaily story about negotiations in Michigan over a likely ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis in the state.

Alcohol, tobacco interests eyeing Michigan marijuana market

John Schroyer  | April 27, 2017

By John Schroyer

At a time when Michigan’s medical marijuana regulations are being written – and adult-use proponents are finalizing a legalization measure for the 2018 ballot – executives connected to the alcohol and tobacco industries have had a seat at the negotiating table.

Detroit’s medical marijuana market in upheaval after new rules

John Schroyer  | April 19, 2017

By John Schroyer

A little over a year ago, Detroit enacted a new restrictive set of zoning ordinances designed to legitimize some medical marijuana dispensaries and to close dozens of others.

Today, according to the city, just three "caregiver centers" are licensed and 59 are in the approval process.

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.