Michigan Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Detroit medical marijuana dispensary sues over licensing deadline

An unlicensed medical cannabis dispensary in Detroit has sued the state, just days before regulators are poised to shutter shops that have not obtained appropriate permits. Green Genie filed suit to allow unlicensed dispensaries to stay open past a March 31 deadline, MLive.com reported. Roughly 50 dispensaries are facing cease-and-desist orders after that deadline. For […]

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Cresco closes in on approval to enter Michigan marijuana market

Cresco Labs, a Chicago-based multistate cannabis operator, said it received prequalification licensing approval to enter the Michigan cannabis market. The company, which earlier this month said it plans to acquire Florida-based medical marijuana group VidaCann for $120 million, would have production and retail operations in 11 states once all outstanding applications are approved. Cresco has applied […]

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Nearly 60 people to participate in Michigan adult-use cannabis work groups

Michigan regulators announced Friday they’ve selected 57 individuals, including longtime activist Rick Thompson, to participate in work groups that will provide input for the rules that will govern the state’s new recreational marijuana industry. The work groups, which will examine four regulatory topics, are composed of: 14 existing medical marijuana licensees interested in entering the adult-use market. […]

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Michigan adds cerebral palsy to list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis

Michigan regulators expanded the state’s list of qualifying illnesses for medical marijuana use by adding cerebral palsy. The decision is expected to bring more patients into the state’s medical cannabis program and thus broaden the number of customers that MMJ companies can reach. Michigan has more than 294,000 medical marijuana cardholders, the Detroit Free Press […]

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Colorado may soon allow its $1.5B marijuana industry to open to outside investors & more of the week’s top news (SLIDESHOW)

Colorado looks close to welcoming a surge of outside investors and capital to its marijuana markets, Hawaii kicks off a program allowing qualified visitors to purchase medical marijuana, bills pending before the California Legislature could mean the state’s cannabis industry might see another tumultuous year of changes – plus other important news from around the MJ space.

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MI regulators set to close about 50 unlicensed medical marijuana shops in April

Michigan regulators are poised to enforce a March 31 deadline for about 50 unlicensed medical cannabis dispensaries to close but are recommending allowing licensed facilities to continue to buy product from caregivers after that date. The caregiver extension is critical to ensuring enough medical marijuana supplies are on the market while the state transitions to a […]

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Industry likes Michigan gov’s move to abolish medical marijuana licensing board

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision last week to eliminate the state’s medical marijuana licensing board and create a new agency to oversee MMJ and recreational cannabis licensing is seen as a positive development by many in the industry. Longtime activist Rick Thompson, a principal in the Michigan Cannabis Business Development Group, said the licensing board […]

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Unlicensed Detroit medical marijuana delivery firms raise legal industry’s ire

Licensed medical cannabis businesses in the Detroit metro area say illicit delivery services are severely cutting into their bottom lines. One licensed Michigan firm has identified nearly four dozen such delivery businesses operating illegally in the region, according to The Detroit News. The illicit services, meanwhile, counter they are filling a necessary gap as a […]

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Michigan governor eliminates medical marijuana licensing board

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is abolishing the board that considers medical cannabis licenses, a decision she based on the group’s struggle to make timely decisions. A new body – the Marijuana Regulatory Agency – will conduct the licensing for both the medical cannabis market and the state’s emerging recreational marijuana program, the Detroit Free Press […]

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Michigan seeks input into adult-use marijuana rulemaking

Michigan regulators are asking for volunteers to provide input for the state’s new recreational marijuana industry rules, and the cannabis industry is responding to ensure its views are heard. The state is forming work groups to cover four regulatory topics: Existing medical marijuana license holders interested in entering the adult-use market. Municipalities that are considering allowing licensed […]

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Retired NFL star Calvin Johnson gets initial OK for MI medical cannabis permit

Calvin Johnson, a former standout receiver with the Detroit Lions, has received preliminary approval for a Michigan medical marijuana license to operate a dispensary. Johnson and his wife, Brittney, were granted prequalification status by Michigan’s medical marijuana licensing board on a 4-0 vote Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reported. Johnson and his business partner, former Lions and […]

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Legal cannabis gifts lead to new business practice in Michigan

A legal loophole in Michigan that allows for individuals to give away marijuana free of charge has led to a new business model by some companies under which they sell products such as non-infused candy or art and add a free bit of cannabis as a “gift.” According to Michigan Daily, some entrepreneurs got the […]

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