Michigan Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Measures that could grow Detroit’s medical marijuana industry go to voters

John Schroyer  | September 19, 2017

By John Schroyer

Two local ballot measures to grow Detroit’s once-sizable medical marijuana industry have overcome significant legal hurdles and will now go before voters in November.

The proposed changes, if approved by voters, would likely result in a broadening of the MJ-related business opportunities in Michigan’s biggest city.

‘So many things can go awry’ with Michigan’s medical marijuana plan

John Schroyer  | September 13, 2017

By John Schroyer

A sudden declaration Tuesday morning by Michigan regulators that all medical marijuana dispensaries statewide should start preparing to close by Dec. 15 made one thing clear:

The next steps for Michigan's existing MMJ businesses are more akin to a traffic roundabout than an obvious road forward.

Michigan medical MJ dispensaries given three months to close

Omar Sacirbey  | September 12, 2017

Michigan’s chief regulatory affairs agency is giving the state’s unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries until Dec. 15 to “wind down” their operations.

Continuing to operate after Dec. 15 would be “a potential impediment to licensure,” Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs threatened in a news release.

Dec. 15 is significant because it’s the day …

Multiple 2018 marijuana legalization campaigns already underway

John Schroyer  | August 22, 2017

By John Schroyer

It won't be easy to top the landslide 2016 electoral victories for marijuana, but advocates are looking to make serious headway across the country once again on statewide ballots next year.

Campaigns are underway in at least five states to legalize either medical or recreational cannabis.

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 …