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A year after pot became legal, Michigan still months away from retail sales

A year after pot became legal, Michigan still months away from retail sales

November 4, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

A supply shortage and regulatory hurdles means recreational pot sales aren’t likely until February or March. And two-thirds of all Michigan municipalities have already passed rules saying ‘not in our town.’

Residents in these Michigan cities said yes to pot. Their leaders said no.

Residents in these Michigan cities said yes to pot. Their leaders said no.

October 31, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

Fourteen towns heavily burdened by marijuana convictions voted to legalize recreational pot last year. But city officials put the brakes on opening a marijuana business, at least for now.

Opinion | Marijuana retail bans stunt Michigan's economic growth

Opinion | Marijuana retail bans stunt Michigan's economic growth

October 4, 2019 | Kelli Hykes

Shutting out the legal adult-use cannabis industry only drives revenue, talent and opportunity out of the state. The jobs associated with the cannabis industry will certainly still exist; they just won’t exist in Michigan if local bans persist.

Michigan House considers expungement of marijuana, traffic convictions

Michigan House considers expungement of marijuana, traffic convictions

September 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The package would make hundreds of thousands more Michiganders eligible to set aside criminal records. Some Democrats question why they don’t automatically set aside lesser pot convictions, rather than requiring people to petition a court. 

Michigan committee approves health warning labels for marijuana

Michigan committee approves health warning labels for marijuana

August 27, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Under the legislation, all cannabis would need to be packaged with a warning against use during pregnancy.

New rules to give residents of poor cities piece of Michigan pot industry

New rules to give residents of poor cities piece of Michigan pot industry

July 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The state’s marijuana regulatory industry announced rules to give license discounts for qualified residents in cities that were most heavily targeted for pot crimes. An industry official said the rules are well-meaning, but she doubts their impact.

Unlicensed Michigan medical marijuana shops to stay open under court ruling

Unlicensed Michigan medical marijuana shops to stay open under court ruling

April 30, 2019 | Riley Beggin

After months of changing rules over when unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries must gain licensure or close, a court order Tuesday sides with the business owners and offers withering criticism of the state agency regulating marijuana.

Sea change for Michigan marijuana comes amidst industry chaos

Sea change for Michigan marijuana comes amidst industry chaos

April 25, 2019 | Riley Beggin

A controversial licensing board ends, making way for a new agency overseeing a market with more questions than answers.

Opinion | Ending pot board is Whitmer payback to Michigan marijuana lobby

Opinion | Ending pot board is Whitmer payback to Michigan marijuana lobby

April 24, 2019 | Don Bailey

Licensing board member Don Bailey accuses Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel of putting political favors ahead of public safety and  predicts the criminal element will thrive in marijuana industry.

How high is too high to drive? That’s up to police in Michigan

How high is too high to drive? That’s up to police in Michigan

April 8, 2019 | Riley Beggin

A state commission tells lawmakers not to set a blood limit for stoned driving because science hasn’t caught up with legalization. Critics fear that’s ripe for abuse.

Grand Rapids seeks to raise African-Americans’ stake in marijuana boom

Grand Rapids seeks to raise African-Americans’ stake in marijuana boom

March 26, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Minority communities have borne the brunt of marijuana arrests. Now that pot is legal in Michigan, the city is giving priority to residents in lower-income communities seeking to profit from licensed businesses.

Whitmer kills Michigan marijuana licensing board in favor of new agency

Whitmer kills Michigan marijuana licensing board in favor of new agency

March 1, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan’s medical marijuana licensing board has been criticized as too slow at approving licenses. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to abolish it and replace it with a new regulatory agency meant to speed up the process.

Meet the ex-drug cop who now helps regulate Michigan marijuana

Meet the ex-drug cop who now helps regulate Michigan marijuana

February 8, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board member Don Bailey, a retired cop, has drawn the ire of industry advocates who accuse him of unfairly opposing licensing requests. He says he’s just watching out for public safety.

Legal marijuana didn’t end black market elsewhere. What can Michigan learn?

Legal marijuana didn’t end black market elsewhere. What can Michigan learn?

February 1, 2019 | Riley Beggin

States that legalized recreational marijuana say low prices have pushed local producers to sell out-of-state on the black market.

Whitmer administration changing tone around Michigan marijuana regulation

Whitmer administration changing tone around Michigan marijuana regulation

January 22, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic governor is signaling a less restrictive approach to pot licensing than under Gov. Rick Snyder. Critics say she will be held accountable for any downside to the state’s pot laws.

What’s dead ‒ and what’s still in play ‒ in Michigan’s lame-duck session

What’s dead ‒ and what’s still in play ‒ in Michigan’s lame-duck session

December 14, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Legislature has one week left before its two-year term ends. A number of bills, including requiring public employee unions to vote to recertify and banning home growing of marijuana, died for lack of votes.

You can smoke pot in Michigan but not buy it. What you need to know.

You can smoke pot in Michigan but not buy it. What you need to know.

December 4, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Thursday marks the first day adult Michiganders can legally smoke recreational marijuana. Where they’ll get it? That’s another story. Here are 9 things you need to know about the new law.

You’ll never guess which Michigan counties loved weed (Kidding, you will)

You’ll never guess which Michigan counties loved weed (Kidding, you will)

November 9, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

The home counties of some of the Michigan's biggest universities gave a big thumbs up to Proposal 1, legalizing recreational marijuana. 

Overnight, it’s a new Michigan. Women sweep to power in change election.

Overnight, it’s a new Michigan. Women sweep to power in change election.

November 7, 2018 | Ron French, Jim Malewitz, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt

Welcome, legalized pot. So long, gerrymandering. Democrats and women score big victories, as ballot measures all pass. Republicans hold onto Legislature, promising divided government.

Michigan approves recreational marijuana. What you need to know.

Michigan approves recreational marijuana. What you need to know.

November 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt, Alexandra Schmidt

Here’s what you can - and cannot - do now that voters have overwhelmingly approved recreational marijuana

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