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DA marijuana working group member clarifies: DAs don’t have a stance on Cole memo By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff 5/15/17

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in News | 0 comments

A coalition of the nation’s prosecutors recently proclaimed that marijuana enforcement policies should be consistent across America. But while a working group for the National District Attorneys Association decreed the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause should reign supreme in a time of rapidly shifting state marijuana laws, it stopped short of stating explicitly what those enforcement policies should be.  For more info:...

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Michigan pot legalization petitions hitting streets by Jonathan Oosting 5/18/17

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Lansing — A coalition seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan got the green light Thursday to circulate petitions and plans to begin collecting signatures immediately in hopes of making the 2018 ballot, a spokesman said. For more information: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/18/recreational-marijuana-petition/101841938/

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Congress Pushes Back Against Jeff Sessions’ Drug War 2.0 by Gage Peake 5/15/17

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in News | 0 comments

If Jeff Sessions was expecting applause for his bid to revive the war on drugs last Friday, he’s not hearing much of it from Congress. On Capitol Hill today, members from both sides of the aisle expressed their displeasure with the Sessions sentencing memo, which effectively withdrew a signature part of President Obama’s “Smart on Crime” initiative. That initiative sought to target the most serious crimes, while reducing the number of defendants charged with nonviolent drug offenses that would trigger mandatory minimum...

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Ontwa to hear residents on medical marijuana issue By Landa Bagley South Bend Tribune 5/9/17

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in News | 0 comments

EDWARDSBURG — Ontwa Township will be taking the pulse of its residents on whether medical marijuana businesses should be allowed to operate in their community. At least one meeting — specifically for township residents to voice opinions on the issue — could be scheduled soon, township board member and treasurer Meryl Christensen said during a board meeting Monday. “Because we’ve been approached, it’s time to start the discussion,” board member Dawn Bolock said Monday, noting that someone approached her about starting a...

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Medical marijuana committee formed in Alpena by Steve Schulwitz 5/9/17

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in News | 0 comments

ALPENA — A new committee formed by Alpena Municipal Council could pave the way to what direction the city moves in when it comes to medical marijuana businesses. State of Michigan passed a law last year which goes in effect in December, allows municipalities to dictate whether or not they want to allow dispensaries or commercial growing of the plant. Physicians prescribe the drug to treat many types of illnesses and relieve pain, but it is illegal for recreational use in the state. Patients must be registered with the state and have a...

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Ann Arbor considering types of marijuana businesses it wants in city by Ryan Stanton 5/9/17

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in News | 0 comments

ANN ARBOR, MI – What does the future hold for medical marijuana businesses in Ann Arbor, a city that’s been called the cannabis capital of the Midwest? Under new state-licensing regulations, that’s something the City Council will have to decide sometime by the end this year, City Attorney Stephen Postema told council members Monday night, May 8. During a special work session of the City Council, Postema gave a presentation titled “Michigan Medical Marijuana Regulation: From Home Remedy to Criminalization to...

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Michigan group aiming to legalize pot by Jonathan Oosting , Detroit News Lansing Bureau 5/5/17

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Lansing — Michigan marijuana proponents on Friday submitted petition language to the Secretary of State’s Office, setting the stage for a summer signature drive and a potential 2018 ballot proposal to legalize recreational use by adults. For more information: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/05/05/marijuana-michigan/101319864/

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Detroit’s medical marijuana market in upheaval after new rules by John Schroder 4-19-17

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in News | 0 comments

A little over a year ago, Detroit enacted a new restrictive set of zoning ordinances designed to legitimize some medical marijuana dispensaries and to close dozens of others. Today, according to a new city website, just three “caregiver centers” have been licensed and 59 are mired in the approval process. Another 61 are operating while wading through red tape, and 161 have been shuttered by law enforcement. A perfect storm of tough zoning regulations, bureaucratic logjams, unpredictable law enforcement and possible future legal changes...

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Marijuana legalization: Rohrabacher [R-Calif] bill would protect states from federal crackdowns on pot by Nicole Duran 3/27/17

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., wants Congress to help states and the cannabis industry take the next step in the legalization process by preventing the federal government from superseding state laws regarding marijuana. For more information:...

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Medical marijuana grower: ‘This [Michigan] is the new frontier’ by Lonnie Huhman 3/26/17

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in News | 1 comment

FAIRFIELD TWP. — Traditional farming in Lenawee County does not include medical marijuana. For Aaron Westbrook, marijuana may be a different crop, but he believes he’s just carrying on the tradition his family started 90 years ago. For the past six years, Westbrook has grown medical marijuana at his Greentree Farms in Fairfield Township. He’s a licensed caregiver for five medical marijuana patients here in Lenawee County. “To me this is a new frontier for farming in Michigan,” Westbrook, 58, said. For more...

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