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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Lansing City Council passed a measure Monday to include a commission in the city’s marijuana ordinance.


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A state board formed to hand out marijuana licenses held its first meeting Monday.

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The board overseeing new state’s new medical marijuana program meets for the first time today. 

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As part of WKAR's Marijuana in Michigan series, we’ve been highlighting the push to legalize marijuana in the state. In June 2016, the First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason held its first service in a dispensary in Lansing. On the heels of its one-year anniversary, WKAR’s Karel Vega paid a visit to the church at its new location.

 

 

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In continuation of this week's Marijuana in Michigan Series, WKAR's Brooke Allen spoke with the Chairperson of Michigan State University's Department of Psychiatry Jed Magan.

Magan specializes in opioid use and offered his thoughts on marijuana, as a cure for opioid addiction.

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When Afghanistan Veteran Todd Weiss injured his back again, he turned to prescription medication to help. It was then that his downward spiral began.

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In continuation of WKAR's marijuana coverage, Morning Edition Host Brooke Allen spoke with Social Worker Joe Schrank, who is also the founder of High Sobriety.

The organization is dedicated to treating addiction using a variety of methods, including the use of cannabis. 

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This week in our Marijuana in Michigan series, we’ve heard from veterans and others who say that medical marijuana has changed their lives. However, traditional medicine in not yet ready to embrace marijuana, as WKAR’s Scott Pohl found out when he talked with a local health official.


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One of the biggest developments in the business of Marijuana is the explosion of the use of Marijuana edibles. In Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, the CDC estimates that about 49% or dispensary sales come from edibles. But with that boom in sales has come criticism that a lack of regulation has created a dangerous product.


Morning Edition Host Brooke Allen Caught up with Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene, to get a sense of what the legalization of recreational marijuana would mean for communities around the state.

Reene is also the president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

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The path of medical marijuana regulation in Michigan is a road full of potholes.  Since 2008, many local governments have struggled to enact ordinances to control medical marijuana production, safety and sales.  Starting in December, the state will begin accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses.  

 


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Although medical marijuana is legal in Michigan, it's not attainable for patients through VA hospitals. We talk with a veteran who is trying to change that because she says medical marijuana turned her life around.

This story may not be appropriate for some of our youngest listeners.

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On Tuesday morning, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero talked at length about his stance on Medical Marijuana facilities in Lansing and possible legalization in Michigan. He was featured guest of Morning Edition host Brooke Allen.  


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Marijuana-related arrests in Lansing are way down in recent years, and not just because of the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

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