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Michigan Medical Marijuana in the News

Timeline

November 4, 2008:
Michigan voters approved a ballot initiative that legalized medical marijuana.

December 4, 2008:
Michigan’s Medical Marijuana law takes effect. The law required the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to implement rules within 120 days.

April 4, 2009:
MDCH adopts rules to implement the Act.

Facts
As of 6/29/10, the state had issued 29,453 cards—20,548 patients cards and 8,905 caregiver cards.

MDCH keeps a confidential list of the individuals to whom it has issued cards, which is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

In November 2008, Michigan voters passed a referendum to enable certain specified persons to legally obtain, possess, cultivate/grow, use, and distribute marijuana. The “Medical Marihuana Act” went into effect on December 4, 2008, with a key element missing, however–how medical marijuana will be dispensed. As a result, municipalities are grappling with how to respond to the Act.

On this page you’ll find recent news stories from around the state, on how local communities are dealing with the issue, and how courts are handling the legal cases that are putting the new law to the test in various ways.

We will continue to add to this list regularly as new stories develop.

Click Here to return to the main Michigan Medical Marijuana Resource Page.

Media Coverage:

Below you’ll find an updated list of recent news stories on the medical marijuana issue in communities throughout Michigan. The stories do not reflect a particular position on the issue, and in fact show a wide range of journalistic treatment of the subject. They are presented here to provide a resource on how medical marijuana is being covered by the press as it relates to Michigan communities.

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Detroit-based television series will explore the world of cannabis

Detroit-based production company ASK-Y LLC is currently filming “Smokin’ Good,” a drama series set in the ‘world of cannabis.’

The series will follow August Good, portrayed by Shiek Mahmud-Bey, as he navigates his transition from the illicit cannabis market into the legal framework, notes a press release.

More Than Half Of US States Have USDA Approved Hemp Plans

After a flurry of activity, 27 US states now have hemp plans approved by the US Department of Agriculture.

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill saw hemp no longer classified a Controlled Substance, and the USDA was directed to approve hemp production plans submitted by states and Indian tribes to ensure hemp would be grown in harmony with the Bill and regulations set by the Department.

Why Social Equity Matters For Cannabis, And What States Are Doing About It

The means of commercially producing, selling, and profiting from cannabis are, so far, incredibly concentrated in the hands of white business owners.

Introduction to social equity

Let’s get one thing straight — the world needs cannabis. Even as far back as 485 BC (just about 1,500 years ago), Greek historian Herodotus described the pot- smoking rituals of ancient Scythians.

In China, archaeologists uncovered evidence of cannabis use dating back 2,500 years. When considered in this light, cannabis is a human right — and a sacred one at that.

What does all of this have to do with social equity in the cannabis industry here and now?

Michigan border sees 1,726% rise of marijuana seizures since last year

Despite the fact that both Michigan and Canada have legalized recreational marijuana, officials are reporting a sharp rise in illegally transported reefer this year.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they’ve seized more than 9,000 pounds of of the stuff this fiscal year, an increase of 1,726% from last year. And that doesn’t even include 1 ton of chronic that was seized on Monday.

Christopher Perry, director of field operations for CBP Detroit, says it’s due to the economic impact of the pandemic.

Detroit officials propose law allowing adult-use marijuana sales

In an effort to help Detroiters benefit from recreational marijuana legalization, Councilman James Tate — with the support of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan — is proposing an ordinance that would allow sales to adults in the city.

It’s a significant departure from the city’s position now, which allows medical marijuana businesses but prohibits recreational sales. It also is likely to face legal and political opposition as the city council takes up serious debate on the measure.

Tate, who also was identified as the architect of the plan and is a former Detroit Police Department deputy chief, and the mayor held a livestreamed news conference Monday at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to explain the proposal — and why they support it.

Number of THC-exposed newborns at Michigan hospital increases after recreational weed legalized

Researchers out of Michigan say it looks like legalizing weed may lead to greater cannabis use, which means that more pregnant women who smoke could be exposing their developing babies to THC.

Michigan Governor Signs ‘Clean Slate’ Bills

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a package of bills designed to reform the state’s process for expunging past criminal convictions. The ‘Clean Slate’ bills, as the legislative package of six measures is known, was passed by Michigan lawmakers last month.

All Eyes On Michigan As State’s New Cannabis Market Booms

With recreational sales growing from $9.8 million in January to $65.5 million by August, there’s no questioning Michigan’s potential.

In December of 2019, Michigan became the tenth state in the U.S. to legalize adult-use cannabis. Less than a year in, it’s already outpaced Nevada to become the fifth highest-grossing state for cannabis sales and is on track to surpass $1 billion in sales, according to data from Headset.

In addition to its fast-growing new adult-use market, Michigan’s medical market is ranked #2 in the country, second only to California. Now, all eyes are on The Great Lake State as cannabis operators and investors across the U.S. seek to claim their share of this high-potential market.

The First Marijuana Microbusiness Is Gonna Launch in Michigan

Michigan has taken an innovative approach to getting more entrepreneurs involved in the state’s marijuana industry—Microbusinesses, self-contained businesses that do not interact with the rest of the marijuana market.

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