Medical Marijuana

State of Marijuana: Detroit Caps Dispensaries, The Good and the Bad from the Court of Appeals

Medical Medical marijuana law moves fast in Michigan. Here is a snapshot of the latest news. Detroit Puts Cap on Dispensaries Detroit decided it will allow only 75 dispensaries to operate in the city. Dispensaries and processors are allowed in all industrial and business areas. The areas include midtown and downtown. There are currently 62 dispensaries in business. Those dispensaries must obtain a license by September 15th or risk being shut down. However, the state itself has been […]

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Nonsensical Medical Marijuana Opinion in People v. Mansour

In a somewhat illogical opinion, the Court of Appeals in People v. Mansour ruled that a person with recently-harvested wet marijuana does not have the protections of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. The decision makes it impossible for any marijuana grower to legally comply with the MMMA. What Happened in the Case The Troy police searched a home belonging to a medical marijuana caregiver. The search revealed 126 marijuana plants and 550 grams of marijuana buds that were […]

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What Cities Will Allow Marijuana Businesses?

The Michigan Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act allows for communities to decide for themselves whether the allow marijuana businesses and which types of businesses. The communities then license the types of businesses. Different Types of Marijuana Business Licenses There are several different kinds of licenses: Growing: License A – 500 plants, License B – 1,000 plants, License C – 1,5000 plants Dispensaries – referred to as provisioning centers Secure Transporters – they do what it sounds like Processing Centers […]

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Medical Marijuana Use Protected from City Zoning Laws – Deruiter v. Township of Byron

The Court of Appeals delivered a big win for medical marijuana rights. The Court ruled that the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act takes priority over local city zoning ordinances. Caregivers may grow marijuana despite zoning ordinances so long as the caregiver grows in an enclosed, locked facility and meets location requirements. This comes from the case of Deruiter v. Township of Byron. What Happened in the Case Byron Township had a zoning ordinance prohibiting medical use of marijuana in […]

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State Hands Out First Medical Marijuana Business Licenses

The State has granted licenses to 7 medical marijuana business, the first licenses given out. For the licenses, there is a dispensary and processor in Ann Arbor, a secure transport company in Lansing, and four grow operations in Chesaning, which is located between Flint and Saginaw. The businesses won’t be able to operate for at least a month. However, no licenses were granted to testing facilities. This means no marijuana could actually be sold until a testing facility […]

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Medical Marijuana Approved for 11 New Conditions

The State just approved new conditions for medical marijuana use. The New Conditions The new conditions approved for medical marijuana use include; Arthritis Autism Chronic Pain Colitis Inflammatory Bowel Disease Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Parkinson’s Disease Rheumatoid Arthritis Spinal Cord Injury Tourette’s Syndrome Ulcerative Colitis Medical Conditions Denied for Medical Marijuana The State also rejected medical marijuana use for several medical conditions. These include; Anxiety Asthma Brain Injury Depression Diabetes Gastric Ulcer Non-severe or Non-chronic Pain Organ Transplant Panic […]

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What Happens to Old Marijuana Convictions if Weed Becomes Legal?

In the next November election, Michigan voters will decide whether marijuana will be legal for recreational personal use. It is a real possibility that marijuana use and possession will soon be legal. This leads to the question – what about all those people who have convictions on their record for possession or use of marijuana? It may not seem fair that many people will be stuck with marijuana convictions on their record once the basis for that conviction […]

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Michigan May See Legal Weed with Vote in November

Michigan voters will officially go to the polls November 6th to vote on legal weed. What Will the New Law Allow? In November, a ballot initiative will include the following new laws: People 21 and over can possess and use marijuana. A person can have up to 2.5 ounces in public. but may keep up to 10 ounces at home. Marijuana could not be used in public. Marijuana would no longer be tied to medicine. Anyone (21 and […]

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Slow Roll Out for New Medical Marijuana Dispensary Law

Almost a year and a half after the passing of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Facilities Act and not one license for a dispensary has been issued. Why not? The approaching deadline for getting an existing dispensary to get a license or shut down is June 15 of this year. The Director for the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation has said this is basically because of how much rules and structure were needed to be put in place before […]

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Can a Cop Search My Car if it Smells Like Weed?

Yes, the smell of marijuana gives a police officer probable cause to search a vehicle. The Law The Fourth Amendment provides that police officers need a warrant to conduct a search. There is an exception for the searches of cars, however. Under this warrant exception, a police officer can search a vehicle if there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed or is being committed. In the case of People v. Kazmierczak, the Michigan Supreme Court […]

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