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Proposed New Michigan Cannabis Rules V: Hearings, Disciplinary Proceedings, And Declaratory Rulings

On Monday, September 27, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency will hold a public hearing on draft administrative rules updating all of the State’s current cannabis-related rules other than for hemp. The deadline to provide written public comments is that Monday at 5:00 PM. 

In a six-part series, we outline the substantive proposed changes in each of ten draft rule sets and then will conclude with coverage of next week’s hearing. Today, we cover the rule sets for Marihuana Hearings (Rules 420.701 to 420.709), Marihuana Disciplinary Hearings (Rules 420.801 to 420.808a), and the brand new proposed set for Marihuana Declaratory Rulings (Rules 420.821 to 420.823). Rules without substantive changes are not included. Read More ›

Proposed New Michigan Cannabis Rules IV: Sale Or Transfer And Employees

On Monday, September 27, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency will hold a public hearing on draft administrative rules updating all of the State’s current cannabis-related rules other than for hemp. The deadline to provide written public comments is that Monday at 5:00 PM. 

In a six-part series, we outline the substantive proposed changes in each of ten draft rule sets and then will conclude with coverage of next week’s hearing. Today, we cover the rule sets for Marihuana Sale or Transfer (Rules 420.501 to 420.510) and Marihuana Employees (Rules 420.601 to 420.602a). Rules without substantive changes are not included. Read More ›

Proposed New Michigan Cannabis Rules III: Operations, Testing, and Infused Products

On Monday, September 27, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency will hold a public hearing on draft administrative rules updating all of the State’s current cannabis-related rules other than for hemp. The deadline to provide written public comments is that Monday at 5 p.m. 

In a six-part series, Dykema will outline the substantive proposed changes in each of 10 draft rule sets and then will conclude with coverage of next week’s hearing. So far, we have covered the proposed changes to the Marihuana Licenses and Marihuana Licensees rule sets. Today, we cover the rule sets for Marihuana Operations (Rules 420.201 to 420.215), Sampling and Testing (Rules 420.301 to 420.308), and Marihuana Infused Products (Rules 420.401 to 420.405). Rules without substantive changes are not included. Read More ›

Proposed New Michigan Cannabis Rules II: Licensees

On Monday, September 27, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency will hold a public hearing on draft administrative rules updating all of the State’s current cannabis-related rules other than for hemp. The deadline to provide written public comments is that Monday at 5 p.m. 

In a six-part series, Dykema outlines the substantive proposed changes in each of 10 draft rule sets and then will conclude with coverage of next week’s hearing. Yesterday, we covered the Marihuana Licenses Rule Set, and today we cover the Marihuana Licensees Rule Set, encompassing Rules 420.101 to 420.112a. Rules without substantive changes are not included. Read More ›

Proposed New Michigan Cannabis Rules I: Licenses

On Monday, September 27, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) will hold a public hearing on draft administrative rules updating all of the State’s current cannabis-related rules other than for hemp. The deadline to provide written public comments is that Monday at 5 p.m. 

In a six-part series, Dykema will outline the substantive proposed changes in each of 10 draft rule sets and then will conclude with coverage of next week’s hearing. We begin today with the Marihuana Licenses Rule Set, encompassing Rules 420.1 to 420.27b.  Rules without substantive changes are not included. Read More ›

Growing Cannabis Industry Attracts Increased Government Enforcement

In the past few years, recreational marijuana legalization has increased, with New York becoming the most recent state to enact legislation. The growth has created substantial revenue opportunities for companies that have invested in preparing to participate in these new regulatory frameworks. Along with that nationwide expansion, though, comes greater government scrutiny. All current and future marijuana industry participants must stay aware of specific areas where the government is focusing its enforcement efforts and develop appropriate compliance procedures. Read More ›

National Cannabis Industry Association Releases Sustainability Report

Blog Post is Co-Authored by Jerry Hincka from EHS Support

As readers of this blog well know, the cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing and most regulated industries in the United States.  Rapid growth, in sales and in States allowing cannabis use, creates dynamic regulatory challenges, and unprecedented opportunity for environmental sustainability leadership.  Recognizing this, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) has released a detailed report on the topic: Environmental Sustainability in the Cannabis Industry: Impacts, Best Management Practices, and Policy Considerations Read More ›

Michigan Court of Claims Denies Request for Injunction Against State Over Local Licensing Decisions

On November 11, 2020, Attitude Wellness D/B/A Lume Cannabis Company (Lume), filed suit in the Michigan Court of Claims against the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA), the Village of Edwardsburg, and two private parties, after the Village denied Lume’s application for village marijuana establishment licenses. Lume sought an injunction to prevent the MRA from issuing state licenses to the two businesses that won licenses from the Village.  Last week, the Court of Claims denied that request, finding Lume’s claims against MRA to be “speculative and inexact.” Read More ›

November 2020 Election Great for Michigan Cannabis

Although the outcome of the Presidential election remains in doubt nationally, marijuana businesses and advocates won overwhelmingly in Michigan this year. For those scoring at home, we call it seven “yeas” and one “nay.” Read More ›

IRS Allows Reduction of Gross Receipts For State-Legal Cannabis Businesses

On Saturday, September 12, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) updated a marijuana industry frequently asked questions (“FAQ”) page that provides relief to state-legal cannabis businesses. The FAQ announces that state-legal cannabis businesses can reduce their gross receipts by using an alternative accounting method under Section 471 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). Read More ›