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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It appears the question of legalizing marijuana in Michigan is headed to the November ballot.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, a state elections board has certified the campaign has enough petition signatures to take the next step.


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Michigan regulators have allowed the first marijuana businesses to start the process toward being licensed to operate in the newly regulated and taxed industry.

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Ann Arbor is temporarily halting new medical marijuana dispensaries after more than 30 recently applied for permits to operate in the city.

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The opioid crisis and other drug issues are creating a fast-growing risk on Michigan roads, says an expert who spoke to Michigan officers and traffic safety managers. 


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The organizers of a marijuana rally in Ann Arbor hope this year's event will be the last before cannabis is legalized in Michigan.

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Michigan officials have shuttered 40 medical marijuana businesses across the state.

State legislators have stalled an attempt to repeal a statute that regulates vehicular transportation of marijuana.

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On Wednesday, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation director Andrew Brisbo updated WKAR's Brooke Allen about the business licensing process. He also discussed a deadline on February 15. 


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Plans are moving forward for an industrial park in mid-Michigan where marijuana would be grown.

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An official says a pending lawsuit by a business group over medical marijuana regulations in Detroit means the industry will be on hold in the city until it's resolved.

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The state is processing the first applications for medical marijuana licenses.

As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, more than a hundred background checks are already underway. 


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Applications for medical marijuana licenses became available Friday. The process got off to a slower start than some expected. But as Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports, the state was ready for anything.


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With the December 15th deadline approaching for marijuana facilities in Lansing to apply for licenses, some dispensary owners are finishing up their applications, and others are cutting their losses.  WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has issued an executive order allowing medical marijuana provisioning centers in the city to continue operating as long as they apply for a city license by Friday. 

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