Minorities Find Themselves Almost Shut out of Michigan’s Marijuana Business

When Margeaux Bruner looked into the possibility of getting a license to enter the blossoming marijuana industry, she realized she would face some barriers that might be impossible to overcome.

The Novi resident has bachelor’s and master’s degrees and worked in the logistics industry, which would be handy skills if she was able to get a secure transporter license. But she also had gone through a divorce, which led to a bankruptcy that could be a disqualifying factor if she applied for a medical marijuana business license from the state. Continue reading “Minorities Find Themselves Almost Shut out of Michigan’s Marijuana Business”

Michigan Could Face Competition after Illinois Legislature Approves Recreational Pot

When Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs legislation legalizing recreational marijuana later this month, it will set up a race for the Midwest.

Who gets to be first in the Midwest to kick off the market for legal weed and capitalize on a potential billion dollar industry, Michigan or Illinois? Continue reading “Michigan Could Face Competition after Illinois Legislature Approves Recreational Pot”

Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Given Temporary Licenses Following Shortage

More than 70 Michigan dispensaries operating under temporary licenses were forced to shut their doors at the beginning of 2019. In compliance with a set of bills passed in 2016, reforming the way the state regulates the production and sale of medical marijuana. The result was a shortage in medical marijuana, plaguing many areas in Michigan including much of Ann Arbor. Continue reading “Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Given Temporary Licenses Following Shortage”

Michigan marijuana dispensaries won’t run out of pot after state offers help

Licensed medical marijuana dispensaries got a break Wednesday, ending a mini-panic over a shortage of marijuana from licensed growers.

A new resolution that will be considered by the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board next week will allow licensed dispensaries to continue to purchase, test and sell marijuana from registered caregivers, who have been supplying dispensaries while state-licensed growers get up and running to produce usable marijuana. Continue reading “Michigan marijuana dispensaries won’t run out of pot after state offers help”

Lawmakers ask governor to halt scheduled shutdown of Michigan medical marijuana facilities

A group of Michigan legislators wants to prevent a scheduled shutdown of many of the state’s medical marijuana businesses.

At issue, the band of nine Democrats and one Republican says, is a “significant backlog” of licensing applications from marijuana businesses, some of which applied prior to Feb. 15. Continue reading “Lawmakers ask governor to halt scheduled shutdown of Michigan medical marijuana facilities”

Michigan Appeals Court Deems ‘Wet Marijuana’ Illegal In Setback

Medical marijuana caregivers and cultivators in Michigan can’t process their plants without breaking the law as a result of a Michigan Court of Appeals decision this month, according to cannabis lawyers.

“Wet marijuana” — a loose term for the time between when a marijuana plant is cut and fully dried for consumption — is not covered by state law, according to a Court of Appeals ruling July 19. Continue reading “Michigan Appeals Court Deems ‘Wet Marijuana’ Illegal In Setback”

Michigan Budtenders In High Demand

With medical marijuana on the cusp of becoming a bona fide industry in Michigan, the people who educate customers and sell the product in dispensaries — budtenders in marijuana lingo — will be in high demand.

Across the state, as dispensaries prepare to open, owners will be seeking hundreds of workers to be the sales force and consultants for medical marijuana patients. And this won’t be your typical retail job. Continue reading “Michigan Budtenders In High Demand”

Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Program Kicks Off Slowly

On a frigid, snowy December morning nearly 10 years after medical marijuana became legal in Michigan, the fully regulated business officially started.

The day started with a whimper, rather than the bang state regulators had prepared for. Two hours after the doors opened at the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, only two people had shown up to turn in their applications for medical marijuana licenses. Continue reading “Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Program Kicks Off Slowly”

New Medical Marijuana Rules in Michigan Will Allow All-In-One Facilities

A new medical marijuana facility licensed by the state will be able to grow, process and sell medical marijuana at the same location, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced on Thursday.

The legislature last year passed legislation to legalize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, but left some particulars up to the departmental rulemaking process.

Continue reading “New Medical Marijuana Rules in Michigan Will Allow All-In-One Facilities”

Michigan Group Pushing to See Recreational Marijuana on the 2018 Ballot

Tucked away in an outlet on the southern outskirts of the city is a store called Lush Lighting. As its name suggests, it specializes in selling LED lights and other products to help plants grow more efficiently. Continue reading “Michigan Group Pushing to See Recreational Marijuana on the 2018 Ballot”