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Cannabis Law Blog

Cannabis Law Blog

News and analysis focusing on the full spectrum of cannabis-related issues facing businesses, investors, financial institutions and all levels of government throughout the United States

Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board Appointed!

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed the five members of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board. Under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Board is responsible for working with the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (within which the Board is housed) to promulgate the rules that will govern the medical marijuana industry in Michigan. Beginning this December, the Board will start accepting license applications, and will then oversee the licensing and regulation of industry participants. Governor Snyder’s press release follows: Read More ›

Michigan’s Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Announces Filing of 2018 Ballot Initiative

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol today announced that it has filed petition language with the State of Michigan, kicking off an effort to enact an adult use law at the ballot box in 2018. Read More ›

Illinois Cannabis Update

Action has been heating up in Illinois recently regarding cannabis regulation that culminated in legislative hearings this week centered on the prospect of potential legalization of recreational cannabis use in the state. On Wednesday, a joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee met to take testimony from Barbara Brohl who is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. The hearing was in response to recent legislative initiatives that have been introduced in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly to authorize the regulation and taxation of cannabis for recreational use. Brohl provided information and took questions from committee members regarding Colorado's experience with recreational use sales. Among the highlights of her testimony were specifics regarding the Colorado regulatory and tax structure for recreational use cannabis as well as what she perceived as her state's successes and struggles with implementation of this process. Significant debate was had between Brohl and committee legislators regarding the state's tax structure and the resulting revenues generated for various Colorado state services. This discussion played out against the backdrop of Illinois' ongoing state budget crisis and lawmaker's continued efforts to find additional revenue streams. Another focus of the debate centered on the ongoing cannabis banking conundrum that has caused significant difficulty for cannabis businesses and their customers from utilizing traditional banking services across the country. Further committee debate focused on legislator's concerns with reports of increased emergency room visits in Colorado and other recreational use states as well as concerns with DUI enforcement and restrictions on access to minors. Rounding out the testimony provided to the committee this week was a representative of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) who gave a national update on which states have authorized recreational use of cannabis and their preliminary findings. One particularly interesting note from this testimony was that all states that now allow recreational use have done so via ballot initiative and not through direct legislative authorization. Most Illinois cannabis observers agree that direct legislative authorization will be necessary here due to the state's notoriously difficult ballot initiative process.  Read More ›

Michigan Announces Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, Seed-To-Sale Solution

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the State of Michigan formally announced the creation of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. Contained within the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, popularly known as LARA, the new Bureau brings together oversight of the patient and caregiver registry under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act with the new regulatory structure of the Medical Facilities Licensing Act. The Bureau is helmed by Andrew Brisbo, most recently the Director of LARA’s Licensing Division. Read More ›

Michigan Seeks Input On Marihuana Testing Rules

As the State of Michigan continues to moves forward in developing rules to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today reached out for the third time to seek stakeholder input on critical issues. This time, LARA is asking for feedback on questions pertaining to safety testing of marihuana and marihuana infused products.   Read More ›

Michigan State University Extension Hosts Workshops on Local Regulation of Licensed Marijuana Facilities

Over the last few weeks, Michigan State University Extension has been hosting a series of 13 seminars across the state entitled, “Regulating Medical Marijuana Facilities: A Workshop for Local Government.” I attended the three-hour seminar held on campus at MSU. Read More ›

Michigan Seeks Input on “Inventory Startup,” Transition Issues

As the State of Michigan continues to move forward in developing rules to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today reached out for the second time for stakeholder input on critical issues. This time, LARA is asking for feedback on questions that LARA characterizes as concerning “inventory start-up.” Fundamentally, these questions address how and whether individuals involved in the current caregiver model under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act can transition to operating under the MMFLA. Read More ›

Suits to Resurrect MILegalize 2016 Initiative Failing, Attention Turns to 2018

We have previously reported on twin court battles challenging a now-rescinded state policy on “rehabilitation” of petition signatures that kept MILegalize from making Michigan’s 2016 ballot. Coverage can be found at the links below: Read More ›

Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Releases Draft Initiative for Comment

Today, the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol released its draft initiative. The Coalition is accepting comments until Saturday, February 25, so those wishing to weigh in should do so quickly. Read More ›

Michigan’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules: Profiles of House of Representative Members

We have previously written on how amendments to Michigan’s Administrative Procedures Act have given greater power to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). As the State develops regulations to implement the new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), JCAR can exercise significant influence on the content of those regulations. Read More ›