Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Releases Draft Initiative for Comment

Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Releases Draft Initiative for Comment

Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Releases Draft Initiative for Comment

Today, the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol released its draft initiative. The Coalition is accepting comments until Saturday, February 25, so those wishing to weigh in should do so quickly.

The draft is available on Dropbox, and may be accessed through the Coalition’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RegulateMichigan/. The Dropbox site enables direct comments on the document.

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Published at Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Suits to Resurrect MILegalize 2016 Initiative Failing, Attention Turns to 2018

Suits to Resurrect MILegalize 2016 Initiative Failing, Attention Turns to 2018

Suits to Resurrect MILegalize 2016 Initiative Failing, Attention Turns to 2018

We have previously reported on twin court battles challenging a now-rescinded state policy on “rehabilitation” of petition signatures that kept MILegalize from making Michigan’s 2016 ballot. Coverage can be found at the links below:

MI Legalize Petition Signers Head to Federal Court, but Are Unlikely to Find Early Relief

No Marijuana Measure on November Ballot—Federal Judge Rejects Bid to Halt Michigan Election Process

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court closed the door on one of these challenges, rejecting without comment a petition for certiorari that asked the Court to hear a challenge to the decisions of Michigan’s appellate courts.

The other litigation effort to belatedly save the 2016 MILegalize initiative appears to be languishing before Judge Parker in the U.S. Eastern District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The State of Michigan filed a motion to dismiss that case back in October, and briefing on the motion was complete on December 9, 2016. No further action has been taken by the court in that case.

With efforts to salvage the 2016 initiative apparently stalled, MILegalize has joined with the Marijuana Policy Project in preparing a draft of an initiative for 2018. As we wrote last week, anyone with comments on that draft has been asked to submit comments by this Saturday, February 25. In the meantime, MILegalize has scheduled a $500 per ticket fund raising event in Detroit for March 23.

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Published at Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Michigan Seeks Input on “Inventory Startup,” Transition Issues

Michigan Seeks Input on “Inventory Startup,” Transition Issues

Michigan Seeks Input on “Inventory Startup,” Transition Issues

As the State of Michigan continues to move forward in developing rules to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today reached out for the second time for stakeholder input on critical issues. This time, LARA is asking for feedback on questions that LARA characterizes as concerning “inventory start-up.” Fundamentally, these questions address how and whether individuals involved in the current caregiver model under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act can transition to operating under the MMFLA.

Specifically, the Director of LARA, Shelly Edgerton, issued the following statement and request:

LARA is currently seeking comments from interested parties on the topic of inventory startup as it relates to the licensed categories. The purpose of this document is to gather information only and it is not meant to interfere with the authority of the Board or Advisory Panel procedures when these panels are appointed as provided under the Act. To that end we are asking for your input by responding to the questions below. We are only asking for brief answers, or comments limited to a short paragraph or a few sentences. Please provide your responses by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21st, 2017. After the responses are compiled, a meeting and/or conference call may be scheduled if appropriate to review the responses and receive additional input. Please submit your responses to curtisc8@michigan.gov.

Questions:

    1. Should LARA require all licensees to begin without inventory or zero product on day 1 of license issuance and thereafter track all cultivation from the date of licensure?
    2. Should LARA have an inventory startup period that allows a grower licensee to transition medical marihuana cultivated as allowed under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) into the future Statewide Monitoring System for tracking and inventory verification provided it is recorded/tracked? If yes, should LARA limit the timeframe in which these acquisitions can occur? What would you recommend as a timeframe?
    3. Should LARA consider an inventory startup period for all 5 license categories?
    4. Should a licensed grower or processor be permitted to include into a startup inventory the existing marihuana or marihuana-infused products cultivated or processed under the MMMA of the former registered primary caregiver who becomes an active employee of the licensee pursuant to the Act?

We can anticipate that LARA will continue to solicit stakeholder input, although LARA’s statement again notes that its work on the rules is to be in consultation with the yet-to-be-appointed Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Board and Advisory Panel. Given that the formal roles of advisory panels are fairly limited under the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act, the new Board and LARA will have some discretion with respect to how deeply they involve the Advisory Panel. While it remains to be seen what opportunities will be provided for public input into the rulemaking process (apart from those required under the APA), LARA’s continued outreach to the industry is promising.

As the rulemaking process in Michigan continues to unfold, check back here to Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

AmStarDam The Movie (Official Trailer)

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AmStarDam The Movie (Official Trailer)

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Get your rolling papers at the ready for the Lennox Brothers’ debut feature “AmStarDam,” an Amsterdam adventure with a fairytale twist.

Jack comes to Amsterdam to find his father and, through a momentary magical encounter, finds the secret weapon that could turn around his father’s ailing marijuana coffee shop.

Combining classic fairytales with the wild world of Amsterdam, this riotous fantasy comedy is a coming of age story not for the faint hearted.

Shot on location in Amsterdam and at 3 Mills studios in London.</span>

Jonathan Readwin, Sean Power, Eline Powell, Eric Lampaert, Kenneth Collard, Howard Marks, Billy Boyd, Alice Lowe, Dannielle Brent, Anthony Cozens, Javone Prince, Ben Goffe, Francesca Papagno, Ricky Champ

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Published at Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:33:09 +0000

Suits to Resurrect MILegalize 2016 Initiative Failing, Attention Turns to 2018

Suits to Resurrect MILegalize 2016 Initiative Failing, Attention Turns to 2018

Suits to Resurrect MILegalize 2016 Initiative Failing, Attention Turns to 2018

We have previously reported on twin court battles challenging a now-rescinded state policy on “rehabilitation” of petition signatures that kept MILegalize from making Michigan’s 2016 ballot. Coverage can be found at the links below:

MI Legalize Petition Signers Head to Federal Court, but Are Unlikely to Find Early Relief

No Marijuana Measure on November Ballot—Federal Judge Rejects Bid to Halt Michigan Election Process

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court closed the door on one of these challenges, rejecting without comment a petition for certiorari that asked the Court to hear a challenge to the decisions of Michigan’s appellate courts.

The other litigation effort to belatedly save the 2016 MILegalize initiative appears to be languishing before Judge Parker in the U.S. Eastern District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The State of Michigan filed a motion to dismiss that case back in October, and briefing on the motion was complete on December 9, 2016. No further action has been taken by the court in that case.

With efforts to salvage the 2016 initiative apparently stalled, MILegalize has joined with the Marijuana Policy Project in preparing a draft of an initiative for 2018. As we wrote last week, anyone with comments on that draft has been asked to submit comments by this Saturday, February 25. In the meantime, MILegalize has scheduled a $500 per ticket fund raising event in Detroit for March 23.

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Published at Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Marijuana-Themed Memorials

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Marijuana-Themed Memorials

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Marijuana Inlay Heart Sterling Silver Memorial Jewelry

Marijuana-Themed Memorials Are Here for Your Coolest Departed Loved Ones

Disclaimer: This blog starts out as a bummer, but picks up quickly afterwards.

A memorial for a loved one is meant to serve as a testament to their memory. It’s common, then, for people to be interred in a way that displays their personality. Maybe they’re buried with copies of their favorite music, or maybe their tombstone displays their unending wit. But what if Grandma’s favorite hobby was of a, ahem, “higher” calling? The answer, of course, is found in the internet. Perfect Memorials, an e-commerce business focused on cremation urns and jewelry, has released a line of marijuana-themed memorial products.

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Perfect Memorials Makes Marijuana-Themed Memorials to Remember Your Awesome Grandma By

Perfect Memorials’ cannabis line has made it possible to cherish the memories of your awesome, pot-smoking Grandma. Their product line includes a wide selection of urns and cremation jewelry that all contain beautiful engravings of pot leaves. If your loved one has been cremated, you can keep a portion of their ashes in a memorial that will be an important and valuable aspect of their personality. A couple examples of Perfect Memorial’s marijuana-themed products are below.

Small Marijuana Leaf Book Cremation Urn - EngravableMarijuana-Themed Memorials: Urns — Funeral urns are vessels that hold the ashes of the deceased. Their small size makes them easy to keep in the home, remaining close to loved ones. Perfect Memorial’s selection of urns varies in size and complexity, from this small box with a simple engraved pot leaf, to an extra-large chest with a field of cannabis on the front.

Marijuana Inlay Heart Sterling Silver Memorial Jewelry

Marijuana-Themed Memorials: Cremation Jewelry — Cremation jewelry includes pendants and other pieces of jewelry that are designed with a hollow body to hold a portion of the deceased’s ashes. This jewelry is the perfect way to carry the memory of your loved ones with you, and Perfect Memorial’s marijuana leaf-engraved jewelry can help you remember a favorite hobby that you shared! Cremation jewelry typically has space for a small amount of ash, or other substances, to help you remember a dear friend or relative.

It’s a Budding Market

If pouring out a drink can become a cultural idiom for remembering a loved one, then it’s no surprise that puffing one out, so to speak, can become one too. On a larger scale, this is just another tangible sign that pot is becoming more and more acceptable in American culture. We know that 60% of US adults believe that marijuana should be legalized and one in eight say that they currently smoke it, double from what it was just 3 years ago. On a more personal scale, this growing level of acceptance means that you can honor your loved ones’ memory openly, publicly, and as they would want to be remembered.

You can check out all of Perfect Memorial’s marijuana-themed urns and memorial jewelry on their website. Feel free to comment with ideas for how to best remember your pot-smoking loved ones below.

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Published at Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:38:21 +0000

Michigan’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules: Profiles of House of Representative Members

Michigan’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules: Profiles of House of Representative Members

Michigan’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules: Profiles of House of Representative Members

We have previously written on how amendments to Michigan’s Administrative Procedures Act have given greater power to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). As the State develops regulations to implement the new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), JCAR can exercise significant influence on the content of those regulations.

Not since the 1990’s, and the creation of rules to govern the advent of commercial casino gaming, has Michigan promulgated comprehensive regulations for a whole industry. Given legislative term limits, none of the members of JCAR were involved in that process. But who exactly are the members of JCAR, and what is their background when it comes to marijuana policy?

JCAR is comprised of five State Senators and five State Representatives, three Republicans and two Democrats from each chamber. The chairmanship of JCAR alternates between chambers each session, with Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) now serving as chair. This week, House Speaker Tom Leonard announced the appointment of Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) to replace now-former Rep. Brian Banks (D-Detroit), who resigned last week. That brought JCAR to its full complement of ten members. Today, we provide background on the House members of JCAR:

  • Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland): representing conservative Allegan and Kent Counties, Chairman Johnson is a freshman representative with no prior state government experience. He’s an Air Force veteran, who touts his Christian beliefs as providing guidance for his decision making. Of note to those in the marijuana industry who have a libertarian bent, Chairman Johnson is a co-sponsor of a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee that electronic data and communications are secure from unreasonable and warrantless search and seizure.
  • Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron): representing Port Huron and Lake Huron lakeshore communities to the north, Rep. Hernandez is also a freshman representative with no prior state government experience. A self-described conservative Republican, he has been the vice president of an architectural firm. He too is a co-sponsor of the proposed state constitutional amendment to protect electronic data and communications.
  • John Reilly (R-Oakland Township): represents northern portions of Oakland County. After 20 years in automotive test engineering, Rep. Reilly started his own home services business, which he has run for over a decade. He, too, is a freshman representative with no prior state government experience. A father and grandfather, he has already begun to focus on education matters.
  • Andy Schor (D-Lansing): represents the City of Lansing. Unlike his Republican counterparts, Rep. Schor is in his final term in the State House and has a track record on medical marijuana, having voted in favor of both the MMFLA and legislation allowing for infused products. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Rep. Schor served in the administration of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and for ten years as an Ingham County Commissioner. Rep. Schor is widely reported to be considering a challenge to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in this year’s city elections. With Lansing having become an epicenter of marijuana dispensaries, he may have a keen interest in this rulemaking process.
  • Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield): Representing Southfield, Rep. Moss is in his second term. He voted in favor of both the MMFLA and the infused products legislation last session, during which he served as vice chair of the Local Government Committee. Prior to his election to the House, Rep. Moss served on the Southfield City Council.

With three of the House members of JCAR being freshmen, they do not have a track record with respect to medical marijuana, meaning advocates will need to educate them on Michigan’s history with the associated issues, and the intent behind the MMFLA and infused products bill. As we will see in our next post, this stands in marked contrast to the Senate members of JCAR.

As the rulemaking process in Michigan continues to unfold, check back here to Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Releases Draft Initiative for Comment

Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Releases Draft Initiative for Comment

Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Releases Draft Initiative for Comment

Today, the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol released its draft initiative. The Coalition is accepting comments until Saturday, February 25, so those wishing to weigh in should do so quickly.

The draft is available on Dropbox, and may be accessed through the Coalition’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RegulateMichigan/. The Dropbox site enables direct comments on the document.

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Published at Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Michigan Seeks Input on Multiple Licenses and Co-Location

Michigan Seeks Input on Multiple Licenses and Co-Location

Michigan Seeks Input on Multiple Licenses and Co-Location

As the State of Michigan moves forward in developing rules to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today reached out for stakeholder input on critical issues—whether and how applicants can seek multiple licenses and co-locate operations under different license classes. Specifically, the Director of LARA, Shelly Edgerton, issued the following statement and request:

Many of you have been made aware during previous meetings or conversations regarding the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, 2016 PA 281, that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) was considering holding discussions to get feedback from those who have expressed interest in certain related topics or the new law in general. To examine issues that have been brought to LARA’s attention while working to implement the law, LARA is therefore seeking comments from interested parties on the topics of license stacking and co-locations as it relates to the licensed categories.  The purpose of this document is to gather information only and is not meant to interfere with the authority of the Board or Advisory Panel procedures when they are appointed as provided under the Act.

To that end we are asking for your input by responding to the questions below. We are only asking for brief answers, or comments limited to a short paragraph or a few sentences. Please provide your responses by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28th, 2016. After the responses are compiled, a meeting and/or conference call may be scheduled if appropriate to review the responses and receive additional input. Please submit your responses to curtisc8@michigan.gov.

Questions: Topics: License Stacking and Co-locations

    1. Should an entity be permitted to have more than one grow license at a single location?
    2. Should an entity be permitted to have more than one level of grow license at a single location?
    3. Should multiple licenses issued at a single location be restricted to Class C grow licenses only?
    4. Should the licensed growers, processors, and provisioning centers be allowed to apply for multiple licenses? 
    5. Should a demonstrated ability to sell inventory be required as a prerequisite to issuing additional licenses at a single location? If so, what percentage of inventory over how long of a period?
    6. Should different entities operating at the same location be required to have common ownership interests? 
    7. A few other states, such as Colorado, allow growers and processors to operate at the same location and allow license stacking. Should license growers and processors be allowed to operate at the same location?
    8. There has been some mention of possible safety and security concerns if licensed growers, processors, and provisioning centers are all operating at the same location, such as one building. Should growers, processors, and provisioning centers be allowed to operate at the same location?

We can anticipate that LARA will continue to solicit stakeholder input, although LARA’s statement noted that its work on the rules is to be in consultation with the yet-to-be-appointed Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Board and Advisory Panel. Given that the formal roles of advisory panels are fairly limited under the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act, the new Board and LARA will have some discretion with respect to how deeply they involve the Advisory Panel. While it remains to be seen what opportunities will be provided for public input into the rulemaking process (apart from those required under the APA), LARA’s initial outreach here is a promising first step.

As the rulemaking process in Michigan continues to unfold, check back here to Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Ganjamole Recipe Tribe Society

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Ganjamole Recipe Tribe Society

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

How To Make Ganjamole

The Following Ganjamole recipe was given to us by the band Tribe Society. Check them out when you get the chance.

Ganjamole Ingredients

  • 4 Haas avocados
  • 1 sweet white onion
  • 2 small heads of garlic
  • 1 cup of small cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lime
  • 1 ounce of Basic marijuana olive oil (recipe below)
  • 1 level of teaspoon paprika
  • 1 level of teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Cracked pepper and sea salt to taste

Marijuana Olive Oil Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups of virgin olive oil
  • 1 ounce of weed

Marijuana Olive Oil Directions

Heads up friends: this makes more than you will need for your Ganjamole!

  • First, grind up your weed like crazy. Put your olive oil in a saucepan and turn the burner to medium – don’t let the oil reach boiling point! – and then add the ground up weed.
  • Now your job is to stir the weed and olive oil mixture often and to not let it boil. If it does begin to boil, remove it from the heat, turn the burner down, and stir the mixture ‘til it cools down.
  • Let the ganja cook in the oil for at least an hour, preferably two if you have the time.
  • After 2 hours or so, remove your olive oil from the heat and let cool. Once it is cool, strain your olive oil mixture (using a cheese cloth) into a bowl making sure you strain ALL the oil out of it.
  • You now have cannabis olive oil for your Ganjamole or any other thing you want to cook with it!

Ganjamole Directions

’cause you’re probably already baked and forgot how to make ganjamole…

The first step is to put on some good tunes and then follow the following directions:

First…

  • Take avocado out… Dice it
  • Take white onion out… Dice it
  • Take garlic out… Dice it
  • Take cherry tomatoes out…. Dice it

Next….

  • Take Basic marijuana olive oil out… Mix it
  • Take your paprika out… Mix it
  • Take your chili powder… Mix it
  • Take your cayenne pepper… Mix it
  • Squeeze lime in… Mix it

Ok, maybe you don’t need to mix each item in separately, but I think you get the idea. Now you got yourself a party favorite, GANJAMOLE!

About Tribe Society

Not just another stoner band, Tribe Society blends the iconic alt/rock stoner sound with thumping urban beats. You can hear this in the band’s latest single “Smoke Out the Window”. In addition to the recipes, we would ask that you share the band’s single as well.

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Published at Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:32:41 +0000