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

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...

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

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...

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Establishing Standards by Matthew Abel | July 6, 2017

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...

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

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...

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

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

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...

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