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.

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As both the city of Lansing and the state of Michigan prepare to initiate new guidelines regarding medical marijuana, the WKAR News team is reporting on all angles.

We are also updating this section with stories on the push to legalize marijuana statewide in 2018.

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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. 

 


Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
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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.

Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
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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.


Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
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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.

Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
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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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In December, the state will start accepting applications for medical marijuana shops to get licenses. But meanwhile, there’s a dispute over how to deal with the dispensaries that are already open. 

Current State for August 19-20, 2017

Aug 18, 2017

This week on Current State, a talk with one of the candidates running for mayor of Lansing. Learn about some of the possible issues that Michiganders will vote on. We'll talk with the new police chief of East Lansing. And see why there's more than food available at a local farmer's market.  


Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
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Nearly 30 people weighed in on the latest draft of Lansing's marijuana ordinance at the public hearing Monday night at city hall, giving a wide range of perspectives and opinions.

 

There was one common thread however: most who spoke do not want the current version of this ordinance to pass.

 


High Tensions Over Legal Marijuana

Aug 8, 2017

Reefer madness. Pot’s legal in 29 states but not at the Federal level and Jeff Sessions does not like marijuana. Where does this go?

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