Michigan AG Nessel argues employees fired over private marijuana use should still be eligible for unemployment benefits
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed an amicus brief on Monday, arguing that a person who is fired for marijuana use outside of their workspace should still be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Parents say Girl Scouts were barred from selling cookies near Walled Lake marijuana shop, officials say otherwise
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – Girl Scout troops in Metro Detroit were reportedly prohibited from selling cookies outside of a marijuana dispensary in Walled Lake, but local organization leaders say that the troops were given false information. Last weekend, Oakland County Girl Scouts were welcomed outside of the Greenhouse of Walled Lake cannabis store by owner Jerry Millen, who authorized the girls to sell cookies outside of his dispensary. Following their successful sales, several more Girl Scout troops asked Millen if they could also sell cookies outside of Greenhouse, which Millen approved. Ad“Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) does not have a policy prohibiting troops from selling cookies at or near any legally operating business. The national Girl Scouts organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, does discourage troops from selling at locations where the girls cannot legally enter, however, there is no policy prohibiting selling at such businesses,” the statement reads.
Michigan cannabis jobs doubled in 2020, report details
Cannabis jobs doubled in Michigan in the year 2020, and the growth in sales continues to build stronger. US cannabis jobs reportCannabis website Leafly released its 2021 jobs report this week, noting the United States added about 77,000 full-time jobs in the cannabis industry. AdThere is some very interesting data in here, such as consumer data showing who is spending the most on cannabis -- Generation X has the highest average monthly spend on cannabis:Leafly 2021 Jobs Reports (Leafly)Michigan cannabis jobs doubleRecreational cannabis jobs now span 37 states. Michigan is among the top 10 in terms of the number of jobs, jobs added in 2020 and cannabis sales in 2020:There are 18,078 legal cannabis jobs in Michigan -- 9,216 were added in 2020, a doubling. Legal sales began in late 2019, making 2020 the first full year of legal recreational cannabis sales in Michigan.
Michigan’s marijuana industry leaves people of color behind
The Marijuana Regulatory Agency collected data in December that showed 79% of people interested in ownership of licensed marijuana facilities were white. AdThe history of people of color being arrested and prosecuted for marijuana-related offenses makes them less likely to be given opportunities to participate in the industry, workgroup member and attorney Barton Morris said. The workgroup found that access to the necessary capital and information on operating marijuana businesses in accordance with rules set by municipalities are big barriers for people of color. The MRA could also establish a webinar and training sessions for municipalities to learn how to equitably create ordinances for marijuana businesses and share ideas. AdState Rep. Sarah Anthony, who is on the workgroup, said members plan to have those who come to communities to educate on the marijuana industry be reflective of those communities.
Michigan company aims to make cannabis industry more fair for all
Cannabis has become a multi-million dollar business in Michigan, but there is still a double standard when it comes to social equity in the industry. The Michigan company Pleasantrees is known for its cannabis products, but they’re also working to make the marijuana industry more equitable for everyone. “Social equity has basically become a term of art in the cannabis industry,” said Jerome Crawford with Pleasantrees. The Michigan company is hiring more minorities like Crawford, an attorney who now oversees legal operations and social equity for Pleasantrees. AdYou can learn more about Pleasantrees’ social equity plan on their website here.
US House passes bill aimed at decriminalizing cannabis, clearing nonviolent federal convictions
The U.S House voted Friday to pass a bill that would decriminalize cannabis and clear the way to erasing nonviolent federal marijuana convictions. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, is aimed at decriminalizing cannabis (marijuana) and making it possible to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions. BREAKING: US House votes 228-164 to pass historic bill that would decriminalize cannabis and clear the way to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions; bill moves to US Senate. Related: UN agency removes cannabis from strictest drug categoryThis comes after more states voted to legalize recreational marijuana this past month. Friday’s vote would mark the first time a full chamber of Congress has taken up the issue of federally decriminalizing cannabis, NBC reports.
Detroit officials announce proposed ordinance allowing recreational marijuana sales in the city
DETROIT – Councilman James Tate announced a proposed amendment to the Detroit City Code to allow adult-use recreational marijuana licensing in Detroit. The ordinance would give significant preference to Detroit residents in terms of the number of licenses issued, discounts on land and other incentives, officials said. Detroit Legacy applicants will get a minimum of 50 percent of all newly created business licenses issued in the city, officials said. No license will be issued to any recreational business if it reduces the number of licenses issued to Detroit Legacy applicants below 50 percent. There will be a six-week exclusive early licensing period for Detroit Legacy applicants.
Detroit officials expected to reveal plan to allow recreational marijuana sales
DETROIT – Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council member James Tate are expected to unveil a proposal Monday that would allow marijuana licenses in Detroit. Residents of Detroit were surprised to hear that Duggan could soon be announcing an amendment to the city’s code that could possibly allow adult-use recreational marijuana licensing in the city. But freeing up marijuana sales isn’t the only goal of the legislation -- it also includes a social equity program focused on inclusion and opportunity. Under the new plan, 10 types of licenses are expected to be available to people operating in the city. Legacy applicants to receive first priority with discounts on application fees and city landDetails are expected to be revealed during a Monday afternoon press conference.
Michigan ‘Clean Slate’ plan could take years to implement
The bipartisan Clean Slate Package will automatically expunge some marijuana convictions, minor crimes and nonviolent felonies. Gilchrist joined Whitmer when she signed the Clean Slate package. “We made an estimate that it’s going to cost about $23-25 million to implement the Clean Slate automated expungement system," Gilchrist said. Whitmer on Monday alongside a number of House bills designed to automate the criminal record expungement process and expand eligibility criteria. More: New ‘Clean Slate’ laws to automate criminal record expungement process, expand eligibility criteria in Michigan
New law to erase eligible marijuana convictions in Michigan
Some Michigan residents who have been convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana offense are now eligible to have that conviction set aside. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a series of bills into law on Monday expanding eligibility requirements for criminal record expungement -- including for those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions. Marijuana offenses are eligible for expungement if they would not be considered illegal if committed after December 6, 2018, when recreational marijuana use became legal for adults in the state of Michigan. In 2018, Michigan voted to legalize recreational marijuana by an 11-point margin. More: New ‘Clean Slate’ laws to automate criminal record expungement process, expand eligibility criteria in Michigan
Corporate marijuana battle in Michigan has medical users concerned about supply, cost
A corporate takeover of the marijuana industry in Michigan is creating concerns for those who rely on the plant for health benefits and more. Some people argue that corporate operations are working to cut out caregivers, who grow and sell marijuana to their medical patients. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency has cut a major supply chain of pot, which is affecting patients and business owners, who are experiencing a shortage. Patients are concerned that the battle between local and corporate operations and the shortage of some products might raise marijuana prices for those who need it most. Watch Hank Winchester’s full report in the video player above.
Royal Oak debates where to allow recreational marijuana businesses
ROYAL OAK, Mich. Michigan may have said YES to recreational marijuana, but cities across Metro Detroit have been struggling with where and how much to allow. After one year of trying to hash it out, the city Royal Oak is discussing the situation. There has been a lot of opposition to putting marijuana businesses along the Woodward Corridor. Royal Oak City Commission cast a series of ordinances that would allow businesses along Woodward. The police chief did say that he doesnt believe marijuana businesses along Woodward would put a drain on his resources.
First recreational marijuana dispensary opens in Ypsilanti
YPSILANTI, Mich. The first recreational marijuana dispensary has opened in Ypsilanti. Oz Cannabis, just outside of Depot Town in downtown Ypsilanti, is the first to receive both city and state approval as a marijuana retailer selling medical and adult-use (recreational) cannabis. Oz Cannabis founder, Nemer Haddad, a lifelong Detroit-area entrepreneur, says hes proud of the companys Ypsilanti location. In 2018, Michigan voted to legalize recreational marijuana by an 11-point margin. Related: Michigan voted to legalize marijuana in 2018, but many communities have opted out of salesMichigan regulators starting accepting license applications in late 2019 and are slowly working to activate them, in accordance with marijuana laws in the state.
Michigan marijuana regulations and COVID-19: What to know
The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced Thursday new regulations for marijuana licensees to follow in accordance with the states reopening guidelines and stay-at-home order. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer divided the state into eight regions under her MI Safe Start Plan as the states economy begins to reopen amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Each region will execute a reopening plan tailored to whatever phase of the pandemic they are currently experiencing. Marijuana retail locations and provisioning facilities have remained open amid the pandemic as they have been considered essential under Whitmers executive orders. RELATED: Sales are booming for Michigan marijuana businesses during coronavirus pandemic
Authorities find about $1 million worth of marijuana at illegal grow operation in Detroit
DETROIT – Authorities said they found about $1 million worth of marijuana at an illegal grow operation Thursday in Detroit. According to officials, the weed was discovered during a drug bust in the area of Irvington Street and East Seven Mile Road. When a search warrant was executed, the grow operation was found inside a building, and two trailers outside were also filled with marijuana, authorities said.
Recreational marijuana in Michigan: List of 47 active adult-use licenses
DETROIT – The first Michigan recreational marijuana, or adult-use, sale was made on Dec. 1, 2019 -- and it’ll soon be more available around the state. In 2018, Michigan voted to legalize recreational marijuana by an 11-point margin. Related: Michigan voted to legalize marijuana in 2018, but many communities have opted out of salesMichigan regulators starting accepting license applications in late 2019 and are slowly working to activate them, in accordance with marijuana laws in the state. As of Feb. 18, 2020, there are 47 active adult-use licenses in the state. Be sure to call ahead)Active adult-use marijuana licenses in Michigan:
Growing marijuana in Michigan: Here’s what to know about the law
DETROIT – As of Dec. 6, 2018 it is legal to grow your own marijuana in the state of Michigan. Legal adults in Michigan are allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants inside their residence. If the caregiver is also a patient and has five patients, he or she can grow up to 72 marijuana plants. Michigan adopted its statutory definition of marijuana in the Public Health Code, utilizing the then current federal spelling, marihuana. An act of the Michigan Legislature would be required in order to change the spelling of marijuana in the Michigan statutes, such as the Public Health Code or the newer marijuana laws.
Michigan town ‘stinks;’ Council buys marijuana odor device
A small town in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula is buying an odor-detection device and drafting an ordinance to crack down on the unpleasant smell of blooming marijuana plants. “The city of Bessemer stinks,” council member Linda Nelson said Monday as the council voted to buy the device, which will cost $3,400 with training. "You can smell marijuana everywhere. The Michigan law has attracted people from Wisconsin and Minnesota who are buying houses and growing marijuana indoors, Loper said. The council voted 4-1 in favor of the device, the Daily Globe reported.
Michigan OKs 3 businesses for home deliveries of marijuana
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Three Michigan businesses that sell recreational marijuana have won the right to begin making home deliveries of pot. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says it’s approved home pot deliveries by Lit Provisionary in Evart, Battle Creek Provisioning in Battle Creek and Nature’s Releaf Burton in Burton. Those three businesses are the first approved for adult-use home delivery in Michigan, which began allowing sales of recreational marijuana on Dec. 1 to adults age 21 and over, WOOD-TV reported. The delivery process is similar to medical marijuana delivery. Detroit has delayed recreational sales until at least Jan. 31.
First week of recreational marijuana in Michigan nets more than $1.6 million
DETROIT – In the first eight days of recreational marijuana sales in Michigan, businesses netted more than $1.6 million. MORE: Where you can find recreational marijuana in MichiganOf that amount, more than $200,000 in tax revenue was generated. State officials estimate that marijuana sales will generate nearly $950 million annually once fully established. Three of the five shops that were selling recreational marijuana during the first week of legal sales sold out or had limited supplies.
Recreational marijuana businesses can apply for licenses in Michigan starting today
LANSING, Mich. – The Marijuana Regulatory Agency will start accepting applications for adult-use marijuana establishments Friday. Licenses for the sale of recreational marijuana could be awarded in November and December. Some Michigan communities have chosen to not allow recreational marijuana sales. Additional fees are listed in the table below:State License Type Initial License Fee Class A Marijuana Grower $4,000 Class B Marijuana Grower $8,000 Class C Marijuana Grower $40,000 Excess Marijuana Grower $40,000 Marijuana Microbusiness $8,000 Marijuana Processor $40,000 Marijuana Retailer $25,000 Marijuana Secure Transporter $25,000 Marijuana Safety Compliance Facility $25,000 Marijuana Event Organizer $1,000 Temporary Marijuana Event See Rule 63 Designated Consumption Establishment $1,000For temporary marijuana events each marijuana event organizer is expected to pay an initial licensure fee of $500 for each day of the scheduled event. View the document below to see which communities have opted out of recreational marijuana sales:
Recreational marijuana businesses can apply for licenses in Michigan starting Friday
LANSING, Mich. – The Marijuana Regulatory Agency will start accepting applications for adult-use marijuana establishments Friday. Licenses for the sale of recreational marijuana could be awarded in November and December. Some Michigan communities have chosen to not allow recreational marijuana sales. If marijuana is for sale at the event they are expected to pay a $500 fee for each licensee authorized to sell product at the event. View the document below to see which communities have opted out of recreational marijuana sales:
When will recreational marijuana hit Michigan store shelves?
DETROIT – Michigan voters approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana last November. Licensing and rulesIn July, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) released emergency rules to put the ballot language into effect until at least Jan. 2020. Starting on Nov. 1, 2019, MRA will begin accepting applications for recreational marijuana businesses. So, it's likely you could start seeing recreational marijuana in late November or early December. Communities opt outHundreds (nearly 1,000) of Michigan communities have decided to opt out of recreational marijuana sales.
US House passes bill giving pot businesses access to banking
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry. The bill, called the SAFE Banking Act, passed 321-103 on the strength of near-unanimous support from Democrats and nearly half of Republicans. “This is a sign the time has come for comprehensive cannabis reform,” said Morgan Fox, a spokesman for the National Cannabis Industry Association. Supporters of the banking bill, including Democratic Reps. Denny Heck of Washington and Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, characterized it as a public safety measure. “Granting this industry access to banks will bring billions of dollars of institutional investment from the titans of addiction and vastly expand the harms we are already witnessing.”
Marijuana products recalled in Michigan after testing positive for chemicals, including arsenic
DETROIT – The Marijuana Regulatory Agency has recalled four medical marijuana products as part of an investigation into Iron Laboratories. If you have the affected products you should destroy them or return them to the provisioning center where you purchased them. "We take the testing of medical marijuana product very seriously," said MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo. "Our first focus is on making sure that the marijuana product in the regulated industry meets established safety standards." The recalled products were sold in the following cities:
Group warns legal pot is an unpredictable revenue source
DETROIT – While recreational marijuana sales in Michigan are expected to initially rocket, a public policy organization has warned that legal pot is an unpredictable revenue source. The Detroit Free Press reports that investors at the Capital Cannabis Conference in Detroit forecast Michigan's market could exceed $2 billion. But a Pew Charitable Trusts study released Aug. 19 says high taxes -- and a thriving black market -- could upset revenue goals, as in California.
Michigan identifies 19 communities for marijuana social equity program
The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced the details of its Social Equity Program, which is designed to encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people who live in the 19 Michigan communities which have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement:AlbionBenton HarborDetroitEast LansingEcorseFlintHighland ParkHamtramckInksterKalamazooMt. From the results, the MRA developed a Social Equity Program that identifies communities as eligible using (1) marijuana-related convictions and (2) poverty rate. During the visits, the MRA will provide educational sessions regarding the Social Equity Program and the application and licensure process. Social equity representatives will confirm eligibility for participation in this program through acceptance of several forms of documentation. Social Equity Program ResourcesThe MRA will make resources available to disproportionately impacted communities and individuals who qualify for participation in the Social Equity Program.
Annual Michigan Cannabis Cup festival returns to Clio this summer
CLIO, Mich. – High Times is bringing the annual Cannabis Cup to Clio in June. The event will be held June 8 and 9 at the Auto City Speedway. Because cannabis has been legalized in Michigan, anyone over the age of 21 can attend this year. The Cannabis Cup brings together people in the cannabis industry and crowns winners in different categories. In past events, competitions have been held for best booth, best glass, best product, best edible, best preroll and more.
Michigan offers clarity on legal CBD, industrial hemp regulations
of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) issued joint guidance today regarding CBD (cannabidiol) and industrial hemp. Here's how CBD and industrial hemp are defined:Industrial Hemp: the plant Cannabis sativa L. with delta-9-THC concentrations below 0.3%. Edible marijuana products containing CBD made by licensed processors may only be produced using CBD obtained from regulated sources. Until the administrative rules are written, there is no authorized method for licensed facilities to obtain industrial hemp. Here's what to know about industrial hemp:
Michigan updates list of conditions approved for medical marijuana patients
Cerebral palsy has been added to the list of debilitating medical conditions approved for Michigan medical marijuana patients. Cerebral Palsy was approved by LARA after the Medical Marihuana Review Panel members unanimously recommended approval. LARA also denied the condition of Chronic Aggressive Behavior after panel members unanimously recommended denial. Effective immediately, Cerebral Palsy is now added to the following current list of debilitating medical conditions already approved for medical marijuana in Michigan:
Michigan's medical marijuana licensing board allows temporary facilities to reopen
DETROIT – The state of Michigan medical marijuana licensing board has agreed to allow temporary operating facilities to reopen and allow them to get marijuana from caregivers, not just commercial grow operations. Whitmer and the new director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs asked the state's medical marijuana board to approve the measure due to a shortage of medical marijuana in Michigan. The medical marijuana board has extended its grace period for license applicants to March 31, 2019. This is a stop-gap measure that would get provisioning centers open again while the state works on licensing. That only applies to medical marijuana.
Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Michigan today: What to know
DETROIT – Recreational marijuana will become legal this week in the state of Michigan after voters approved a proposal in the November election. The Board of State Canvassers met on Monday and certified the election, meaning recreational weed will become legal in Michigan on Dec. 6, 2018, according to the Secretary of State. In Colorado, the state legislature had to create laws for marijuana use, driving and traveling, specific youth laws, laws for home growing, and more. As would be the case in Michigan, Colorado allows municipalities to pass their own stricter marijuana laws. To read more about marijuana laws in Colorado, go here.