Currently, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act only allows patients with the need for medical marijuana to either grow the plant on their own, or find an individual -- known as the primary caregiver -- who is willing to grow it for them to do so. However, registered primary caregivers can only assist up to five qualifying patients.
Marijuana possession is still a federal crime, but law enforcement and prosecution has been extremely confusing in many states -- including Michigan -- which have legalized the use of marijuana to varying degrees.
If you’ve been outside in the last few weeks, it's not hard to notice the swarms of attacking mosquitoes. The creepy buzzing in the ears, the itchy welts and the inordinate blood loss -- they all seem particularly bad this spring. Ned Walker, MSU entomology professor and an expert on the dastardly mosquito, talked with Current State host Mark Bashore about how bad it is and why.
In March, Spartan Hospitality Group at Michigan State University launched a new venture that it hoped would change the nature of fast food on the MSU campus and beyond. The venture is called the "Food for Thought" food truck. Since then, business has steadily grown.
Captain Mike Yankowski is about one month into his new responsibilities as the interim chief of the Lansing Police Department, after succeeding retired police chief Teresa Szymanski. He's considered a strong possibility for the permanent position as chief.
Yankowski joins Current State to discuss several issues including high profile local cases, his law enforcement philosophy and the state of medical marijuana in Michigan.
Michigan State University professor and graphics expert Karl Gude approaches the visual side of storytelling with a heavy dose of creativity. He relies on that impulse to teach "Visualizing Information" and other classes in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. He also taps into this mindset to paint and he is now promoting his most recent exhibit at the Nisbet Building at MSU.
Yesterday, a public panel in East Lansing might have moved the city a little closer to updating a key downtown space. The city’s Park District review team made recommendations regarding specific development companies and their plans for that space.
Many in the area are eager to start developing the largely derelict area west of Abbot Road and north of Grand River. The panel recommended that the city council focus on plans from both DTN Management Co. and Lurvey White Ventures.
The last few years have brought significant changes to the city of Detroit. A financial emergency was declared, and despite opposition from residents and the city council, a financial manager was appointed. And just this month, Mayor Dave Bing announced he would step down from office at the end of his term—and a crowded field of new candidates announced their intentions.
Today, the new Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, or D.S.M. -5 as it’s more commonly known, comes out. Often called the “Bible of Psychiatry,” the new 947-page manual outlines diagnoses for hundreds of mental disorders. Published by the American Psychiatric Association, the manual is broadly influential, affecting mental health professionals, insurance companies, the court system, and pharmaceutical and mental health research.
Each Wednesday, Current State presents “Neighbors in Action,” which features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week we feature Gift of Life, which facilitates organ donorship in Michigan.
Mark Bashore talks with communications specialist Betsy Miner-Swartz and Patty Jo Herndon, president of the Michigan Donor Family Council and a sister of an organ donor.
On today's Current State: Medicaid expansion hinges on an unlikely waiver; a Public Poetry Announcement by poet Jane Kenyon; farmers fear a migrant labor shortage for the harvest; the International Joint Commission issues a report card on the health of the Great Lakes and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.
Both chambers of the Michigan legislature have passed budgets for fiscal 2014. But neither includes funding to expand Medicaid to more of the roughly 400,000 state residents without health insurance. The decision is important because Medicaid expansion is a key component of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Advocates of Medicaid expansion who have faced cancer will be in downtown Lansing today hoping to change some legislators’ minds. They’re part of a group associated with one of our next guests.
It’s harvest time in parts of Michigan, and farmers along Lake Michigan are starting to bring in their asparagus crop. The cherry harvest will follow by early July. Growers are confident this season will be better than 2012, when an early warm-up followed by a quick killing frost destroyed much of the fruit crop. Last year’s scenario also created another problem: many of the migrant laborers who traditionally arrive here for seasonal work did not come to Michigan. Now, though the weather may be better, farmers fear a similar labor shortage could happen again this year.
Over the past 25 years, environmental protection measures have greatly improved the health of the Great Lakes. However, the region’s waterways are facing new issues. According to the International Joint Commission's latest progress report, warmer temperatures are having a dramatic effect on the ecological health of the Great Lakes.
Lana Pollack chairs the commission’s U.S. delegation. She joins us today to discuss the past, present and future of cleaning up the Great Lakes.
The state of Michigan saw an increase in tourism spending in 2012, most of which can be attributed to travelers from other states.
At the annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism which started on April 14, MSU professor and tourism expert Sarah Nicholls predicted another year of industry growth. Nicholls speaks with Current State's Emanuele Berry to unveil more tourism trends and plans for Michigan.
The United States is the premier nuclear power in the world. But the geopolitical landscape has radically transformed since the height of the Cold War. Meanwhile, our stockpile of ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and large bombers is aging and in need of expensive upgrades and replacements.
Two years ago, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami which damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing the world’s worst radiation leak since the Chernobyl accident in 1986.