Michigan marijuana industry changed, but thriving amid coronavirus pandemic
You can’t currently walk into a Michigan marijuana shop and peruse the shelves, but that hasn’t stopped product from flying off them. Close to $1 million a day in marijuana flower, vaping oil and edibles is still being sold, despite coronavirus restrictions that limit sales to curbside pickup and... Read more
A prior marijuana conviction could be a good thing for owners of Michigan pot businesses
A previous marijuana-related conviction could help entrepreneurs hoping to open a recreational marijuana business in Michigan. Michigan officials are trying to attract a wider variety of businesses to the booming recreational marijuana industry, not just those with deep pockets. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency, a subdivision of the state Licensing... Read more
COVID-19 fails to stop Michigan pot industry as sales explode during pandemic
At least one industry in Michigan has largely been left unscathed by the coronavirus pandemic. Recreational marijuana operations have mushroomed, while weekly sales of recreational marijuana in Michigan from March 9 onward have risen significantly. Recreational pot sales in the nine weeks since March 9 now make up roughly 60%... Read more
The marijuana business has been booming in Michigan during the coronavirus pandemic.  The Detroit News reported that “weekly sales of recreational marijuana in Michigan from March 9 onward have risen significantly.” Since that day in March until this past Sunday, marijuana retailers in the state generated about $54.6 million... Read more
Committee Blog: First The Vaping Crisis, Now COVID-19 – A Cannabis Physician’s Perspective
by Cynthia Shelby-Lane, MDMember of NCIA’s Scientific Advisory Committee The vaping crisis was first reported in June 2019. In October 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coined a new medical term describing the cases of severe pulmonary disease that have occurred among e-cigarette and vape... Read more
In win for local control, Michigan Supreme Court sides with township in marijuana case
The state Supreme Court said that a municipality can enforce zoning laws for medical-marijuana growers. The court reversed a Kent County judge’s ruling, upheld by the state Court of Appeals, that Michigan’s medical marijuana law pre-empted local laws. It was a legal victory for local control when it comes... Read more
Michigan regulators issued new rules that govern the production of recreational marijuana last week, cutting medical marijuana caregivers out of the supply chain for adult-use pot. The change was announced in an advisory bulletin from the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) on April 8. Since legal sales of recreational... Read more
Michigan regulators announced on Monday that cannabis retailers would be considered essential businesses and allowed to remain open for businesses during closures ordered by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The governor ordered all nonessential businesses to close and advised residents to remain indoors in a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive... Read more
Concern over the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic has led regulators in Michigan to temporarily permit cannabis dispensaries to offer curbside pickup services. The move is an effort to support social distancing measures encouraged by health officials as a way to slow the spread of the virus. On Monday, the... Read more
A group representing cannabis companies in Michigan is pleading with the state’s governor to classify marijuana as an “essential item” during the COVID-19 outbreak. In a letter Wednesday to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association asked for the reclassification, which it said would also include “designating... Read more

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