Michigan Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Sol Global to acquire Michigan cannabis group MCP Wellness for $150 million

Sol Global, a Toronto-based investment company focused on the cannabis industry, agreed to acquire Michigan-based MCP Wellness, which has licenses to operate retail and cultivation centers in the state. The acquisition of MCP Wellness, which is owned by private equity group Merida Capital Partners, is valued at $150 million. MCP holds licenses to operate two […]

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Michigan regulators polling prospective recreational marijuana licensees

Michigan cannabis officials are surveying potential adult-use marijuana business license applicants to ensure the department is adequately staffed to handle the application process for permits. According to MLive.com, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is seeking answers to a variety of questions, including: “Would you apply for an adult-use (recreational) establishment license if the […]

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Michigan urges medical marijuana retailers to test vape cartridges for lead

Michigan regulators want medical marijuana dispensaries to test vape pens on their shelves for heavy metals. Some cartridges recently were found to contain lead contamination. State officials are concerned especially with cartridges made of metal, citing a Johns Hopkins study on metal leaching issues, according to MLive.com and a state bulletin. For additional details, click […]

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Marijuana Business This Week: AG’s on the clock, bevy of legislation, medical MJ lottery, Harvest Health earnings & more

Here are some notable stories and events to watch for in the coming days: BARR DEADLINE: Wednesday is the deadline set by a group of senators for U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give them answers about increasing the number of federally authorized growers of marijuana for research purposes. In a letter sent to Barr earlier this […]

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Michigan lawmakers set June 1 medical cannabis licensing deadline

Michigan’s Legislature is intervening in a long-running legal dispute over unlicensed medical marijuana shops, pushing to enact a firm deadline for the businesses to close or risk their ability to get a permit. The House voted 102-4 in favor of legislation that would prevent unlicensed facilities that stay open after June 1 from becoming licensed […]

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MI gov approves bill to streamline medical marijuana business application process

Michigan’s governor signed a bill to ease the process for would-be business owners applying for medical marijuana and industrial hemp licenses. According to the Michigan Advance, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 203, effective immediately, to update the definition of applicant so that owning more than 10% of a company requires the standard vetting process while […]

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MI House panel OKs bill to close unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries

Some Michigan lawmakers want to close unlicensed medical cannabis dispensaries once and for all and are pushing legislation for those businesses to get permitted or shut their doors by June 1. The fast-track bill to establish the deadline was approved 5-0 by a House panel Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reported. Other deadlines for roughly […]

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Judge sets April 9 hearing for Michigan’s unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries

A Michigan judge will consider arguments on April 9 regarding legal efforts to block state regulators from shutting down roughly 50 unlicensed medical cannabis facilities that have yet to obtain appropriate permits, according to media reports. The judge, who on Friday granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the state from enforcing a March 31 deadline, […]

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Unlicensed Michigan medical cannabis dispensaries allowed to stay open

Michigan regulators are permitting roughly 50 unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries to remain open past a March 31 deadline, in compliance with a judge’s decision. The state’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation said in a statement issued Friday afternoon that “until further order of the court,” it wouldn’t enforce the deadline against the temporary operating facilities, The […]

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Chief appointed for new Michigan cannabis agency

Michigan tapped its top medical marijuana regulator to lead the newly created Marijuana Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for the state’s medical and recreational marijuana programs. Andrew Brisbo, director of Michigan’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, must be confirmed by the state Senate, but observers don’t expect opposition. […]

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