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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 Issues Advisory Bulletin on Co-Location of Medical Marihuana Facilities

The State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today issued an advisory bulletin confirming that the State will allow growers, processors, and provisioning centers to operate in the same location. Read More ›

September 12 Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Meeting: December Closure Date for Existing Businesses Likely

A few hours before September 12’s widely anticipated Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board meeting, the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released its intended approach to currently operating dispensaries. As we reported, LARA announced that its forthcoming emergency rules will consider continuing marihuana operations after December 15, 2017, to be “a potential impediment to licensure.” Read More ›

Michigan News Flash: LARA to Existing Facilities—Close by December 15

As we have reported on numerous occasions, one of the biggest issues as Michigan moves into a regulated system is how the State will treat license applicants who have operated prior to receiving a license.  Read More ›

Major Announcements Coming at Next Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Meeting

This past weekend, Director Shelly Edgerton, head of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), made several important announcements at the State Bar of Michigan’s Marihuana Law Section annual conference.  Read More ›

Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Announces More Meetings

Today, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Board announced further public meetings.

As we reported following the Board’s meeting last week, the Board’s next meeting had been scheduled for October. The State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (“LARA”) was asked by the Board to come to that meeting with recommendations on how the Board should handle licensing for individuals and entities that are presently operating unlicensed marihuana-related businesses. As multiple Board members explained at the last meeting, these operations are occurring despite a 2013 Michigan Supreme Court decision that held most commercial marihuana activity illegal under Michigan law. Read More ›

Insights From Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Public Meeting: Dispensaries Are Not Ordered to Shut Down (Yet); Rulemaking Process Continues, as Working Groups Are Announced

This afternoon, the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board held its second public meeting. Unlike its first meeting, which provided more questions than answers, today both the Board and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) provided important insights. Read More ›

Medical Marijuana Rulemaking Process Officially Underway in Michigan

On July 20, 2017, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (the “Department”) filed Requests for Rulemaking under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (“MMFLA”), 2016 PA 281, and the Marihuana Tracking Act, 2016 PA 282 with Michigan’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention (“ORR”). On Tuesday, August 8, these RFRs were approved. Read More ›

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Announces Second Public Meeting

In June, Dykema provided coverage on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board’s first public meeting, which allowed members of the public to address the Board for the first time. At that meeting, Chairman Rick Johnson indicated that there would be “at least” one public meeting between the end of June and October 2017. Read More ›

Fourth Corner Credit Union Obtains Pyrrhic Victory for Marijuana Banking

The long-awaited  Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the case of Fourth Corner Credit Union v. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City was issued this week. In short: the would-be credit union, formed to serve participants in the state-legal marijuana sector, lives to fight another day—but minus its original purpose for existing. Read More ›

Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Meets

On Monday, June 26, 2017, Dykema attorneys were present as Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board conducted its first public meeting in Lansing, Michigan. This meeting was the first time that members of the public had the opportunity to address the newly-appointed Board, and marijuana industry advocates and participants took full advantage, overflowing the G. Mennen Williams Building’s auditorium. Read More ›