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...]

Pot Is More Accessible Than Ever – And Guess What? Teen Use Is Going Down

December 16, 2015: The Monitoring the Future Study is out, and it suggests fears of an upsurge in teen toking in the wake of legalization are unfounded By Phillip Smith The University of Michigan's annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of teen drug use was released today and shows that … [Read more...]

MILegalize extending its petition deadline till June

December 15, 2015: Lansing group aims to put marijuana-legislation question on statewide ballots next year A Lansing-based group collecting signatures to get a marijuana-legalization question on statewide ballots next year says it’s extending its petition campaign past a previous deadline of … [Read more...]

Gr. Rapids pot law stands after high court takes a pass

December 12, 2015: GRAND RAPIDS — The Michigan Supreme Court won’t intervene in a dispute over a Grand Rapids law that makes possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense similar to a traffic ticket. In an order released Saturday, the court declined to take an appeal from … [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...]

Closing in on legalization

November 18, 2015 Undeterred by Ohio vote, marijuana backers here are optimistic Organizers for one of two full-fledged ballot initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana statewide hope to have the necessary 250,000 valid signatures in the next six weeks to make the November 2016 … [Read more...]

Michigan Prosecutors Pressured Lab on Medical Marijuana Results

Nov. 14 2015: THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE Forensic Science Division finds itself embroiled in scandal as newly released emails paint a picture of a crime lab in turmoil over how to classify marijuana. Attorneys and medical marijuana advocates accuse Michigan prosecutors of pressuring the … [Read more...]

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