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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’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 ›

Michigan Seeks Input on Multiple Licenses and Co-Location

As the State of Michigan moves forward in developing rules to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today reached out for stakeholder input on critical issues—whether and how applicants can seek multiple licenses and co-locate operations under different license classes. Specifically, the Director of LARA, Shelly Edgerton, issued the following statement and request: Read More ›

Amendments to Rulemaking Process Will Give Legislature Greater Influence Over Marijuana Rules

by R. Lance Boldrey and Paul Mooney

As the State begins the process of creating rules for the medical marijuana industry, recent amendments to the rulemaking process will give the Michigan Legislature greater influence over the outcome. Read More ›

State of Michigan Issues RFP for Marijuana Seed-To-Sale Tracking

As Michigan continues to move forward in establishing a regulated system for its medical marijuana program, the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) this week issued the Request for Proposals for a “seed-to-sale” monitoring program. This statewide monitoring program is required by Public Act 282 of 2016, and all licensees in the new system will be required to participate in the program. Read More ›

Election Night Expands Cannabis Industry

Amidst the suspense and commotion of the presidential election, the cannabis industry in the United States quietly, but significantly, expanded on Tuesday night. A record number of medical and adult use initiatives were on ballots across the nation, and the large number of victories drastically expands the scope of the industry, while also likely setting the stage for further initiatives in 2018 and beyond. Read More ›

Governor Snyder Signs Medical Marihuana Bills Into Law

Governor Snyder was officially presented HB 4209, HB 4210, and HB 4827 at about 3:30 p.m. this afternoon and almost immediately signed the three bills into law. In his release, the Governor stated that “[t]his new law will help Michiganders of all ages and with varying medical conditions access safe products to relieve their suffering. We can finally implement a solid framework that gives patients a safe source from which to purchase and utilize medical marijuana.” Read More ›

Michigan Medical Marijuana Bills Heading to Governor’s Desk

This afternoon, the Michigan House of Representatives concurred in the Senate changes to HB 4209 (83-22), HB 4210 (93-12), and HB 4827 (85-20). All three bills now head to Governor Snyder, who has 14 days to consider the bills once they are officially presented to him. The bills would then become law 90 days after the Governor signs them. For an analysis of the legislation, please refer to our previous post on the subject. Read More ›

No Marijuana Measure on November Ballot—Federal Judge Rejects Bid to Halt Michigan Election Process

As we reported last week, two signers of MI Legalize’s petitions filed suit in federal court asking for a temporary restraining order to halt the printing of ballots without including the MI Legalize adult use marijuana measure in the November 2016 election. On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Linda Parker, a recent appointee of President Obama, held a hearing and denied their motion in a two-sentence order. News media are reporting that during the hearing, Judge Parker focused much of her attention on the petition signers delaying bringing the suit until literally the day before ballots went to the printer.  Read More ›

MI Legalize Petition Signers Head to Federal Court, but Are Unlikely to Find Early Relief

As we reported earlier this week, MI Legalize is stating that they will turn to the U.S. Supreme Court in appealing decisions of the Michigan courts rejecting their challenges to the State’s now-defunct policy for “rehabilitating” petition signatures older than 180 days. Based on that policy, the Board of State Canvassers rejected MI Legalize’s initiative petitions for having too few valid signatures, without reviewing the signatures themselves. Read More ›

Ninth Circuit Issues Two Cannabis-Related Opinions

In recent weeks, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued two significant opinions concerning cannabis. While neither decision is particularly surprising, medical marijuana patients and individuals involved in the cannabis industry should be aware of both. Read More ›