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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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