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...]

Pilot program eyes pot-DUI devices

January 10, 2016: At least one of these devices is in every single troop across Colorado After getting arrested on suspicion of driving while high, some Colorado suspects are also being asked by select Colorado State Patrol troopers, "Would you like to be a volunteer in our DUI marijuana pilot … [Read more...]

New Bill For Protecting Michigan Workers With Medical Marijuana Cards Introduced

December 28, 2015: Some Democrats in the state House say people shouldn’t be fired for having a medical marijuana card.  Jake Neher reports. Medical marijuana could be a big topic of discussion for state lawmakers in 2016.  Bills in the state Senate would create protections for … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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