Medical Marijuana

Court Rules Against City of Warren Medical Marijuana Laws

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held a city of Warren ordinance regulating medical marijuana grows is not enforceable. What Were the Warren Ordinances? There were two requirements contained in a Warren ordinance that were in issue in this case. The ordinance applied to medical marijuana growers who grow in their own residential home. The ordnance required the growers to; 1) Register with the Department of Building and Safety Engineering and to pass a safety inspection for electrical, […]

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Smoking Medical Marijuana Finally Legalized in Florida

After a long political journey, medical marijuana patients in Florida may legally light up. What Does the New Law Allow? Medical Marijuana patients can now obtain 2.5 oz of whole flower cannabis every 35 days and smoke it. Those younger than 18 can smoke if they have a terminal condition and have approval from their pediatrician. What’s Next for Marijuana in Florida? Republican Senator, Jeff Brandes, states the legalization of recreational marijuana use is on the horizon. He […]

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Michigan Ends Medical Marijuana Licensing Board

Governor Whitmer is abolishing the board that approves or denies medical marijuana licenses in Michigan. In its place will be a new board – called the Marijuana Regulatory Agency – which will oversee applications from both recreational and medical marijuana license applications. The new board will go into effect on April 30, 2019. What Did the Old Marijuana Board Do? Previous to Michigan voters approving the sale and use of recreational marijuana, the board oversaw the applications for […]

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New Rules for Marijuana Edibles: Did Your Favorite Food Make the Cut?

Which marijuana edibles will be allowed under the new medical marijuana rules? Non-refrigerated edibles are allowed. Foods that require refrigeration will not be. Why is that? Refrigerated foods tend to produce unhealthy microorganisms – that’s why they need refrigeration to keep the toxins in check. These new rules are a part of the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, which governs the expanded medical marijuana industry in Michigan. The list below shows what can and cannot be sold […]

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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 – 1,500 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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