Bills on medical marijuana dispensaries and edibles back in Michigan Legislature

LANSING, MI -- The legal status of medical marijuana dispensaries and edible products could be clarified under re-introduced legislation that stalled out last year in the Michigan Legislature. The proposals would help local communities, patients and caregivers, according to state Rep. Mike … [Read more...]

Marijuana leaves legal experts confused, looking to state Supreme Court to clear the haze

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - You don't have to be stoned to have trouble understanding the hazy tapestry of laws and ordinances governing marijuana in Michigan. Not that long ago, understanding marijuana law was easy. It was illegal and possessing it could land a first-time offender in jail for … [Read more...]

Decriminalized marijuana upheld for Grand Rapids

LANSING — The Michigan Court of Appeals has given those pushing to legalize marijuana a small victory. The court upheld a decision by the Kent County Circuit Court that a local city charter amendment passed by voters in Grand Rapids to decriminalize possession was legal. The Kent County … [Read more...]

Holder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the … [Read more...]

Michigan sees another dip in medical marijuana patients

The number of patients in Michigan's medical marijuana program declined for the second year in a row in 2014, according to state statistics reviewed by The Detroit News. Last year, the number of identification cards for patients in the program totaled 96,408, according to the Michigan … [Read more...]

Only dried marijuana counts, says appeals court

MILLINGTON – The Michigan appeals court has overturned a drug conviction in Tuscola County, saying not all marijuana is equal, especially in a medical marijuana case. Sheriff’s deputies found marijuana in Johnnie Randall’s pickup truck and dozens of plants at a building in Millington, … [Read more...]

The First Marijuana Reform Bill of the New Congress

If the last Congressional session is any guide, there are likely to be a number of bills introduced this year to reform various aspects of federal marijuana policy, from reducing interference with state laws to allowing the use of banking services by marijuana businesses to providing medical … [Read more...]

Fenton proposes to limit medical marijuana growing in residential areas

FENTON, MI – Medical marijuana patients may grow their own at home, but if they want to raise a crop for others, they'll have to find space in the city's industrial or commercial districts, according to a proposed new ordinance. The proposal has some medical marijuana advocates seeing … [Read more...]

Michigan medical marijuana rules, fees set to change despite concerns

LANSING, MI — Michigan is moving forward with new rules for its medical marijuana program despite concerns voiced by some lawmakers and patient advocates. Under the pending rule change, the most significant revision of its kind since initial implementation of the 2008 voter-approved law, … [Read more...]

Medical marijuana dispensaries and edibles proposals get smoked in Michigan lame-duck

LANSING, MI — Legislation that would have allowed for the legal return and regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan stalled out this week in the waning hours of the lame-duck session. House Bill 4271, approved a year ago by the lower chamber, died a quiet death in the Senate, … [Read more...]

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