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What you need to know about the new roadside drug tests by Kate Wells, 11/8/17

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Michigan Radio: Starting today, law enforcement in five counties are piloting a new roadside drug test that analyzes saliva swabs for marijuana, opioids, meth, and other drugs above a certain threshold.  For more information:  http://michiganradio.org/post/what-you-need-know-about-new-roadside-drug-tests

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Marijuana on the Michigan Ballot: It’s Going Down November 7th

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The battle for marijuana heats up in Michigan on November 7 when voters hit the polls. While citizens won’t have a chance yet to vote on recreational marijuana—whose proposal by the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) has reached the 300,000 signature mark—they will have the opportunity to vote on two separate proposals put forth by the Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform.  For more information:...

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Week in Review: Michigan’s pricey plan, marijuana capital raises jump, PA grower gets thumbs up by B.Schaneman, J. Schroyer and O. Sacirbey 10/20/17

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

“Michigan regulators propose steep capital requirements for medical marijuana businesses, cannabis funding deals skyrocket,….Matt Abel, a Detroit cannabis attorney, views the “trial balloon” rules as “absolutely” a barrier to entry for those seeking a license. If approved, he added, they could stifle competition by keeping small players out of the market…” For more information:...

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While marijuana remains banned, WADA reverses course on hemp-derived compound CBD by Marissa Payne 10/5/17

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in News | 0 comments

UFC star Nate Diaz can soon breath a sigh of relief in between draws from his vape pen. Late last month, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD, an anti-inflammatory compound derived from cannabis, from its 2018 prohibited substances list. “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,” WADA said in a Sept. 29 statement, warning, however, that THC, the chemical compound in cannabis that can contribute to euphoric psychoactive effects, remains banned. For more...

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Pot shop closes as state targets dispensaries by Michael Gerstein, Det News 9/8/17

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

Despite Bailey’s claim that current dispensaries are illegal, the state has allowed such businesses to operate under the radar since Michigan voters approved a referendum in 2008 to allow marijuana for medical use. A spokesman for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs previously declined to say whether the state Medical Marihuana Licensing Board or LARA have the authority to close them. But the department can issue “emergency rules.” Matthew Abel, a criminal defense lawyer in Detroit who specializes in marijuana cases, said...

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Sen. Cory Booker’s Marijuana Bill Is Really About Social Justice by MONTEREY BUD 8/2/17

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in News | 0 comments

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced game-changing legislation to amend the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). If passed, the bill would eliminate marijuana from the CSA, purge federal marijuana convictions, and punish those states that have cultivated racial inequality via marijuana-related arrests and/or incarceration. Mindful of the damage done by the ill-conceived decades-long war on drugs, Booker’s bill – otherwise known as the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 – seeks to reverse the harm inflicted on the country’s poor...

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Establishing Standards by Matthew Abel | July 6, 2017

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Establishing StandardsThe popularity of concentrates is on the rise, and so are the regulatory standards of the industry The market of medical cannabis oils, waxes and concentrates is developing and maturing in Michigan. It seems that nationwide, concentrates continue to be a major growth area for the cannabis industry. Sales of those products are up over 25 percent in some states, and Michigan is no different. Vape pens continue to see increased availability and use, partly due to the convenience and discretion provided. Leaky cartridges...

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Petition would let pot shops pop up near Detroit parks, child-care centers by Katrease Stafford , DFP 7/16/17

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in News | 0 comments

DETROIT — An initiative to amend Detroit’s medical marijuana ordinance to allow dispensaries to operate near liquor stores, child-care centers and parks could appear on the November ballot, after a group behind the effort submitted thousands of signatures backing the measure. Citizens for Sensible Cannabis spokesman Jonathan Barlow confirmed his group submitted petitions late last month seeking to amend Chapter 24 of the city’s code. For more...

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Group hits 100K signatures for Michigan ballot measure to legalize marijuana by Ben Haddad 7/10/17

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in News | 0 comments

LANSING – Marijuana legalization is 100,000 signatures closer to hitting the 2018 Michigan ballot. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) says they have collected more than 100,000 signatures to place the issue on the ballot in Michigan next year. The group needs 252,523 valid signatures to place the question on the 2018 ballot. For more...

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Legalize pot, curb opioid use by Kaitlyn Buss , The Detroit News 6/21/17

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Michigan will likely get another shot at legalizing pot next fall. A petition is being circulated to collect signatures right now. Legalization efforts have stuttered for the past several years, made even more frustrating because many other states have made much progress in the same time. But this go-around the wind may be in its sails, albeit in a morbid way. Drug overdose deaths in 2016 likely exceeded 59,000, “the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States,” according to preliminary data from the New York Times. Doctors have...

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