Michigan pot proposal stymied by signature stalemate

May 16, 2016: Jonathan Oosting, Detroit News Lansing Bureau 1:24 p.m. EDT May 12, 2016 Lansing — An increasingly long-shot effort to put a marijuana legalization measure on Michigan’s 2016 ballot suffered another setback Thursday, when the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on a policy … [Read more...]

Proposed city marijuana ordinance under scrutiny

May 16, 2016: Eric Lacy, Lansing State Journal 9:55 p.m. EDT May 13, 2016 Interim City Attorney F. Jospeh Abood reviews 28 questions, concerns in a meeting that drew about 50 people. Law Department to meet with Police Department next week to discus enforcement issues LANSING -- A medical … [Read more...]

Marijuana on the road

May 12, 2016: One of the burning questions about cannabis use is: How high is too high when operating a motor vehicle? It's befuddling to the legal system, as driving law is not moving as quickly as marijuana law. Many want to establish a "per se" level of THC in someone's blood that … [Read more...]

Senate bill introduced that would loosen marijuana laws in Michigan

March 9, 2016: KALAMAZOO (WKZO-AM) -- State Sen. Coleman Young II, D-Detroit, has introduced legislation that would decriminalize the sale, possession and cultivation of marijuana in Michigan. Young claims current laws disproportionately affect African-Americans, who are three times as … [Read more...]

Bill to change medical marijuana law impacts employers

January 17, 2016: LANSING — In November 2009, a Michigan man named Joseph Casias was fired from his job at a Battle Creek Walmart store after a drug test he'd taken during treatment for a workplace knee injury came back positive for marijuana. Earlier that year, Casias received a card … [Read more...]

Medical marijuana lawyers want state crime lab moved out of Michigan State Police

December 28, 2015: A group of criminal defense attorneys says the Michigan State Police (MSP) should no longer oversee the state crime lab. “We in Michigan accept the idea we’ve got a Michigan State Police crime lab. That is inherently problematic. But we accept it, because that’s how … [Read more...]

Michigan medical marijuana regulation vote postponed after heated debate

December 9, 2015: Michigan’s Senate Judiciary Committee had planned to vote Tuesday on a package of bills to regulate the state’s medical marijuana industry, but after a long, heated debate, two committee members had to leave early to attend a funeral and the vote was postponed, as … [Read more...]

Medical pot regulations face pushback in Senate hearing, military vet tossed in heated exchange

December 8, 2015: LANSING, MI — Medical marijuana activists spoke out Tuesday against a proposal to license and tax dispensaries, arguing the legislation would drive up patient prices and force out registered caregivers. A lengthy debate in the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee ended … [Read more...]

Medical marijuana may go the way of alcohol in Michigan Senate

December 8, 2015: LANSING, MI — Michigan would create a tiered system for medical marijuana growers, distributors and retailers under evolving legislation up for a likely vote Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said Monday medical pot bills approved … [Read more...]

Marijuana grants help educate police

November 27, 2015: Drug task force units in St. Clair and Sanilac counties received $41,740 and $18,483 respectively in medical marijuana grant money in 2015, according to a Sept. 25 report from the state department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The money was awarded to four … [Read more...]

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