Marijuana in Michigan

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In 2008, Michigan voters approved medical marijuana use. Ten years later, Michigan voters may be asked to legalize recreational marijuana use.

During the week of June 12-16, "Morning Edition" with Brooke Allen takes a closer look at medical marijuana in Lansing. Our stories include Lansing's struggle to regulate medical marijuana facilities, to regulation, to a veteran who says it helped him treat PTSD.  

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"All Things Considered" with Karel Vega examines the push to legalize marijuana in Michigan. Our stories range from financial incentives, to concerns about crime, to visiting Lansing's Cannabis Church.
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Michigan is one big step closer to voting on marijuana legalization. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth explains an initiative turned in its signatures to get on the 20-18 ballot Monday.


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A ballot committee proposing to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Michigan is set to submit more than 360,000 voter signatures in a bid for a statewide vote in 2018.

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The state announced the price tag Friday for applications to grow, sell or transport medical marijuana. The application fee will be 6-thousand dollars. It’s a one-time, non-refundable fee. That’s on top of up to 5-thousand dollars that municipalities can charge for an application.


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The city of Lansing began accepting medical marijuana provisioning center applications on Thursday. 

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Michigan residents who want to get into the medical marijuana business had their last shot at a training session Wednesday. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports the last session was held in Lansing. 


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This week's Current State focuses on the opioid crisis. MSU's pyschiatry chair explains the potency of drug overdoses and East Lansing police dept. shares how it stays prepared for overdoses. We update people on the statewide application process for medical marijuana. Current Sports' Al Martin reviews the MSU football team's great start and a special charity game played Sunday.


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A petition drive to block a new medical marijuana ordinance in Lansing has failed. 

 


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A new ordinance to regulate marijuana business in Lansing was all set, when a petition stopped it from happening. A group called Let Lansing Vote submitted enough signatures to the city clerk’s office to suspend the ordinance.

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A group named Let Lansing Vote organized a petition drive which successfully suspended the city’s new medical marijuana ordinance. They submitted an estimated 6,400 signatures to the City Clerk’s office Friday.

This week on Current State: new efforts to make sure every sexual assault evidence kit in Michigan is tested; advice if your child is frightened by the Las Vegas massacre; meet college students doing good deeds in the face of bad news; learn about the application process for Medical Marijuana businesses in Lansing; learn how people with disabilities are enjoying recreation along the Great Lakes; the MSU/Michigan rivalry helping students with disabilities; find out the surprising places where "Sparty" shows up; and we salute WKAR's Tony "El Chayo" Cervantes with an Hispanic Heritage Month salute.


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If you plan to operate a Medical Marijuana business in Lansing, the city now has applications available online for you to fill out.  


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Lawmakers in Lansing say they want a seamless transition as marijuana dispensaries start to get licensed.


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Lansing City Council approved a medical marijuana ordinance more than a week ago that sets the cap on the number of dispensaries at 25. With unofficial estimates putting the number of dispensaries in the city as high as 70, this has dispensary owners concerned.

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There is a new Medical Marijuana ordinance in Lansing.

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All week on "Morning Edition with Brooke Allen" we are hearing the viewpoints of different issues from Lansing mayoral candidates Judi Brown Clarke and Andy Schor. Their interviews were taped separately and about a week apart. Wednesday's topic is medical marijuana regulation in Lansing. 


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