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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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. 

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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.

 


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Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
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Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said a drive to place a new medical marijuana business ordinance on the ballot will not go forward due to problems with the petition form and proposed ordinance language.

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Federal agents have seized 277 pounds (125 kilograms) of marijuana concealed in rail cars containing new Ford and Lincoln vehicles recently imported from Mexico.

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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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