Michigan Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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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Michigan wants to help medical cannabis companies with banking alternatives

Michigan regulators are trying to tackle the thorny issue of banking services for companies in the cannabis business, but it doesn’t appear that a solution is immediately obvious. According to a Michigan NPR affiliate, the lack of financial services for most of the medical marijuana industry – which the state is currently in the process […]

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Michigan orders 210 medical marijuana businesses to close

Michigan regulators said Thursday that they ordered the closure of 210 medical marijuana businesses over a two-week period, largely because the owners failed to apply for a state license by a mid-February deadline or did not receive authorization from their municipalities. Most of the shops – 158 – were in Detroit. Authorities also hand-delivered orders […]

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Michigan aims to speed up medical cannabis application process

Michigan’s medical marijuana regulators added three more review meetings in an effort to undo a growing logjam of MMJ license applications. The state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which is responsible for licensing medical cannabis businesses, originally scheduled five meetings over the course of the year to review applications. However, the agency on Tuesday scheduled […]

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Michigan rejects first medical marijuana business license applicants

No medical marijuana businesses received approval Thursday in Michigan’s first review of applications. According to the Detroit Free Press, an applicant for a dispensary license and an applicant for a delivery permit were temporarily rejected by the state’s Medical Licensing Board. Here’s what you need to know: The two companies applied for preapproval at the […]

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Michigan cracks down on rogue medical cannabis businesses

Michigan regulators and police ordered 40 unlicensed medical marijuana businesses to stop operating and are expected to deliver cease-and-desist letters to hundreds more. A spokesman with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the agency behind the shutdowns, didn’t identify the types of businesses targeted or how they were identified, the Detroit Free Press reported. But the […]

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Michigan unveils symbol that state’s medical cannabis products must carry

Michigan has released an official symbol to label medical marijuana products that are sold in the state and is detailing required label information for such goods. The symbol is an upside-down green triangle with an image of a green marijuana leaf in the middle. The words “CONTAINS THC” sit atop the symbol. Michigan’s Department of […]

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Detroit to challenge voter-approved medical marijuana laws in court

Detroit officials said they plan to file a formal legal challenge to two medical marijuana laws that were approved by city voters last year. The laws, if implemented, could greatly expand the city’s MMJ industry footprint. According to the Detroit Free Press, the anticipated lawsuit from the city comes after two separate legal challenges to […]

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Week in Review: Alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, Detroit’s MMJ issues & Tennessee CBD raids

Liquor and tobacco companies move into the cannabis sector, Detroit officials block medical marijuana dispensaries, and raids in Tennessee close 23 stores for selling CBD products. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Sign of things to come The recent revelation by liquor distributor Pernod Ricard’s CEO […]

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Detroit issues moratorium on medical cannabis business permits

The Detroit City Council on Tuesday approved another delay on the issuance of new medical marijuana business permits, a situation that has been contentious in the Motor City for years and which threatens the stability of the long-standing local MMJ industry.

The new 180-day moratorium on MMJ licenses comes about a month after the city decided to delay handing out permits due to a lawsuit, and according to the Detroit Free Press, City Councilman James Tate is drafting a new zoning and regulatory ordinance for cannabis companies.

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