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 approves medical marijuana testing labs

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board approved licenses for two testing facilities on Thursday, putting the last piece into the puzzle that will unlock the medical pot market in the state.

The board approved a total of seven licenses last month, but none of them were for testing facilities, a necessary element for medical pot to make it from growers to processors and dispensaries. Continue reading “Michigan approves medical marijuana testing labs”

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”

What’s Holding Up Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Licenses?

As Michigan residents prepare to vote on adult-use cannabis legalization this November, the state’s 220,000 medical marijuana patients are still wondering when the state will start licensing their MMJ dispensaries.

There are 540 cannabis license applicants. Only 19 are currently being processed, and 8 of those have already been rejected.

Continue reading “What’s Holding Up Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Licenses?”

Michigan approves marijuana legalization vote for November

The battle to free the weed officially started Thursday when the State Board of Canvassers ruled that a group pushing a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use got enough signatures to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot.

The 4-0 decision by the board was met with cheers by advocates for the proposal. Continue reading “Michigan approves marijuana legalization vote for November”

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”