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momofthegoons

Vapor Accessory Addict
Staff member
Royal Oak commission OKs recreational marijuana licensing ordinance

The Royal Oak City Commission on Monday approved an ordinance for recreational marijuana sales in the city and a measure detailing where the businesses can locate.

By a 5-2 vote, the commission first approved a recreational marijuana licensing ordinance slated to take effect Aug. 15. It states retailers and micro-businesses would be prohibited from operating within 1,000 feet of any existing school or any other retailer or micro-business.

The commission then had a second reading of related zoning ordinance amendments that called for distance between the marijuana businesses and parks or places of worship. But the commissioners voted to have only the 1,000-foot requirement from schools.

The decisions at the panel’s nearly four-hour virtual meeting came after more than 20 residents shared public comments opposing locating marijuana shops along Woodward Avenue and close to neighborhoods.

Many cited concerns about increased traffic and decreased property values.


“No one is going to move to Royal Oak as a resident because they want to be closer to a marijuana shop,” one resident told the commission in a recorded message.

Another said: “When we voted to legalize marijuana in Royal Oak, it wasn’t for approving distribution centers all along Woodward. It distracts from the presentation of the Woodward corridor.”

In a lengthy discussion, several commissioners said they had been studying the issue for more than a year. Voters in November 2018 approved recreational sales by a 56% to 44% margin. The commission researched the impact of marijuana shops in other communities, and city officials checked with other police departments about issues such as increased traffic and crime.

“I think we’ve done more than enough to work on this issue,” said Patricia Paruch, mayor pro-tem.

Mayor Michael Fournier said applicants face a long process to open in the city and would be rejected if they failed to meet criteria.

“If any petitioner finds himself having the opportunity to get a license, wherever they plan to locate, those neighbors are going to be notified. Things are going to be looked at in great detail,” he said. “…This isn’t an ordinance that just allows for stores to pop up.”

City Manager Paul Brake said the city has to create an application process, which could take a few weeks. Plus, city offices have been closed during the pandemic, and employees and equipment will be moving into a new building in late August.

The city manager said once a process is in place, there likely will be an extensive review of applications and proposed sites, which could take 90 days.

Citing concerns residents raised about proximity to their homes, Commissioner Randy LeVasseur proposed a motion to the zoning issue adding a 150-foot buffer from residential neighborhoods.

Commissioner Kim Gibbs supported his motion. “We haven’t had any studies saying this is going to work out,” she said, adding she worried about shops opening near churches that host programs for people struggling with addiction.

“Having locations where drugs can be bought is not really helping those who are seeking help from these churches and houses of worship to keep themselves in a healthier position,” she said.

Her colleagues rejected the motion and instead passed another, introduced by Commissioner Sharlan Douglas, that tweaked the zoning ordinance amendments to match the licensing one, specifying the 1,000-foot space from schools.

“Parks and churches have existed on Woodward and have been exposed to a lot of other” businesses, Paruch said, including those she believed posed more risk.

Fournier said changes could be made if necessary.

In the public comments that started the meeting Monday night, some residents said the commission should have done more research, and that any marijuana shops belong in an industrial area or other spot far from families.

"It’s really poor planning," one woman said. "It would be a stressor on the Police Department. It’s a stressor on the neighborhoods. … Why are you pushing for this?
 

momofthegoons

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Staff member
Recent Survey Suggests Cannabis Is Becoming A Bipartisan Issue In Michigan

New data shows possible bipartisanship when it comes to cannabis. But are the numbers accurate?

As the country gets ready for the much-debated November 2020 elections that are fast approaching, election scorecards are being released, taking the pulse of the country and how we feel about hot-button issues. According to Michigan’s cannabis-focused election scorecard, the once-liberal issue of cannabis is now becoming increasingly bipartisan.

The card was released ahead of the primary elections to give a preview of what might be in store this coming fall. According to the results, state lawmakers across the board are starting to favor legalizing cannabis—not just liberal, progressive, or Democratic candidates, as in years past. The survey comes from the Lansing-based political consultants Grassroots Midwest. It grades candidates as well as looks at the numbers on issues.

“The results confirmed what we are seeing firsthand, that support for cannabis has become a bipartisan issue,” Robin Schneider, executive director of the MiCIA, claimed in a released statement, according to the Detroit Metro Times. “As we have rolled out our industry in Michigan, lawmakers are respecting and upholding the will of the voters.”

Cannabis questions like “Studies show racial disparities in cannabis related law enforcement, despite the fact that white people and people of color use and sell cannabis at the same rate. Will you support policies to minimize these disparities?” and “Would you be supportive of state-licensed cannabis businesses located in your district?” found out exactly how people feel about racially charged cannabis issues and the presence of dispensaries in Michigan.

Some questions got even more political, including “Individuals have been deported, denied green cards, denied admission to the country, and have been removed from federally subsidized housing based on state-legal cannabis use and/or involvement in the state-legal cannabis industry. Would you work to end these federal consequences for state-legal cannabis activities?”

The survey on the scorecard also had a question asking about the new, trending topic of the MORE Act, the act that would regulate cannabis on a federal level, as well as a question about support of cannabis legalization nationwide in the event of a turning tide this election season. All in all, it covered the biggest issues in cannabis right now, and most of the results were favorable for legalization.

Is This Data Accurate?
Despite the politically charged nature of some of these questions, both Democrats and Republicans in Michigan overwhelmingly showed that they would support cannabis. One hundred percent of Democrats and 90 percent of Republicans earned an A or B when it came to cannabis issues.

However, the numbers are skewed, as 66 percent of Democrats filled out their answers, and only 33 percent of Republicans turned theirs in. Among those who did not respond are Randy Maloney (Democrat), and Michael Bouchard, a Republican who is known for being extremely anti-cannabis.

Despite the flaws in this data, and the fact that this only reflects info for one state, these numbers are indicative of a bigger shift in the U.S. when it comes to thinking about legal cannabis. Hopefully, this serves as a preview of what’s to come with full, nationwide legalization in the near future.
 

momofthegoons

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Michigan Attorney General Pushes Governor On Marijuana Clemency For Prisoner With COVID

The attorney general of Michigan is asking the governor to commute the sentence of a 69-year-old inmate who was convicted of selling marijuana more than two decades ago and has since contracted the coronavirus in prison.

Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) wrote in a letter on Wednesday that while her office doesn’t have the power to unilaterally grant clemency, it is strongly recommending that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) use her own authority to facilitate the commutation, arguing that Michael Thompson’s sentence for selling three pounds of cannabis to an undercover police officer in 1996 is excessive.


The fact that Michigan legalized marijuana for adult use in 2018 underscores the need for restorative justice, she wrote to the governor.

“A decades-long sentence like that imposed on Mr. Thompson is usually reserved for second-degree murder convictions or for particularly heinous rape cases involving multiple aggravated factors,” Nessel said. “Sentences of this length for selling marijuana are simply unheard of, even when accompanied by firearms offenses.”


“Given that recreational and medicinal marijuana is now legal in Michigan, allowing Mr. Thompson to continue to serve this very draconian sentence is even more offensive and unreasonable,” she wrote.

The attorney general said that under today’s criminal statutes, Thompson’s offense would be punishable by a maximum of four years in prison, or eight if he was convicted of a second drug crime.

Because Thompson was also convicted on firearms charges, the trial court handed him a sentence of 42-60 years in prison, which the state’s top prosecutor described as “a sentence almost unheard of for such convictions.”

“Though, strictly speaking, Mr. Thompson’s sentence was legal at the time it was imposed, this does not necessarily mean it is proportionate to the offenses committed and to the offender,” Nessel wrote, adding that the Thompson’s infection with the coronavirus highlights the need to quickly grant his commutation application.

“Since Mr. Thompson should not have been in prison in 2020 if sentenced fairly, it is appropriate to consider the personal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in determining whether to grant his application for commutation of his sentence,” the letter states.

“For all these reasons, I respectfully urge you to expeditiously grant Mr. Thompson’s application for commutation of his sentence and mandate his immediate release from prison,” she told the governor. “Mr. Thompson has more than sufficiently paid for the crimes he committed and should be allowed to spend the remaining years of his life with family and friends.”

Marijuana Moment reached out to the office of Whitmer, who is reportedly being considered as a potential vice presidential running mate for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, about whether her office plans to grant Thompson clemency, but a representative did not immediately respond.

Activist Shaun King said he also did not hear back from the governor’s office when he inquired, but he alleged that friends of Whitmer told him “it’s because she’s being considered for Biden’s VP,” and the former vice president remains opposed to marijuana legalization.

The marijuana community has been a strong advocate for Thompson’s release, with multiple high-profile voices calling for his release.

“The weed industry is run almost entirely by white men while people like Michael Thompson spend their lives in prison,” comedian Sarah Silverman said last week.


Television host and cannabis advocate Montel Williams also weighed in.


Read the attorney general’s letter to the governor on commuting Thompson’s marijuana sentence by following title link and scrolling to the bottom of the article.
 

momofthegoons

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More recreational marijuana options could come to Michigan this fall
An influx of new recreational marijuana businesses could be coming to Michigan some time after Nov. 1.

If that happens, marijuana customers may see lower prices and a greater selection of recreational marijuana. It could also push medical marijuana shoppers, who play an increasingly smaller roll in the Michigan marijuana universe, further to the side.

The Michigan Regulatory Agency is considering doing away with a requirement that any recreational marijuana applicant first possess a medical marijuana business license, a stipulation that’s so far limited access to the recreational market and ensured a certain level of supply and retail options for medical marijuana customers.

“No decision has been officially made, yet,” Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo said. " ... But I’ve mentioned publicly a number of times that we were leaning in that direction of eliminating the requirement.”

Budget forecasters in Lansing are counting on the recreational marijuana industry hitting $1.5 billion in total sales between October of this year and September of 2020, which translates to nearly $240 million in tax revenue for the state. While Brisbo said the market is already on pace to meet that mark, opening it up to more participants is sure to further increase Lansing’s cut, which includes a 6% sales and 10% excise tax. As of July, customers spent more than $200 million on marijuana products since the first stores opened in Ann Arbor on Dec. 1.

Robin Schneider, director of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association, a trade organization comprised of over 200 marijuana businesses, said the original intent of the medical license prerequisite was to give pioneering companies that assumed risk and invested early a chance to establish themselves and recoup costs before the recreational market was flooded with competition. The first medical marijuana business licenses were issued in 2018 and recreational businesses began opening last December.

The recreational marijuana law, which Schneider participated in the drafting of, left the medical license prerequisite in place for two years after the first applications were received. While most accepted this would mean stand-alone recreational marijuana businesses would be barred from the industry until after Nov. 1, 2021, there was a caveat.

The 2018 voter-passed law said the state could do away with the requirement one year after the first recreational business applications were received in order to curb the black market, increase access to rural communities or to satisfy supply shortages.

Brisbo said doing so in November would serve to do all those things.

Marijuana access in rural areas is improving with increased delivery options but remains sparse, Brisbo said. He believes elimination of the prerequisite would allow the regulated market to grow, thereby reducing any existing reliance on black market products.

“And the greater number of operators and the more competition there is, that would tend likely to reduce prices through the supply chain and at the retail level,” Brisbo said. “We certainly aren’t meeting demand yet, but I think it is important to consider the pace of growth in the regulated market and whether that is consistently increasing to meet that demand at some point in a reasonable time frame.”

Brisbo said a byproduct of eliminating the medical license prerequisite would be greater access to social equity. Built into the law is a requirements that the industry assist Michigan residents and communities who’ve been disproportionately impacted by prior marijuana prohibition, such as those previously convicted of marijuana possession crimes. Some social equity efforts have included licensing and application fee reductions and free assistance with license submissions or business plans.

Elimination of the medical license prerequisite would lower the initial cost for new businesses to enter the market. Brisbo also noted that some would-be recreational business owners are barred from the market because of their criminal records.

While the marijuana legalization law allows those convicted of marijuana possession or distribution crimes to apply for recreational licenses, the medical law does not. Since you need a medical license before applying for a recreational license, those applicants are effectively cut off from the recreational market that’s seeking to include them.

“The requirements for eligibility on the adult-use side are not as strict as those on the medical side,” Brisbo said. The recreational licensing law only blocks someone who’s been convicted of distributing controlled substances to a minor, “whereas the ineligibility provisions related to convictions in the (medical licensing rules) are more strict.”

In Detroit, where medical marijuana businesses already operate, leaders have blocked recreational business. Councilman James Tate Jr. said this because creating a framework that encourages the inclusion of local residents most harmed by prior marijuana prohibition has proven difficult.

Members of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association are split on whether the change should occur.

“Stand-alone retailers are going to say we need more production licenses on the rec side,’ Schneider said. “If you are a medical grower or a vertically integrated grower, you’re probably not going to be as supportive.”

There are several behemoth companies in the market that hold licenses to grow tens of thousands of marijuana plants. They’re able to leverage limited supply in a high-demand, slim-pickings market, which can artificially increase prices retailers and their customers pay for marijuana.

According to state monthly statistical reports, the average retail cost of an ounce of marijuana has risen $85 in six months, from $311.96 in January to $397.70 in June.

Steve Linder is director of the Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association, which advocates for some of the industries largest companies representing over $400 million in investments, said his members are against eliminating the medical license prerequisite.

“Because it’s a regulated industry, you have to assume the rules that manage the structure of the industry are enforced as they’re written,” he said.

Linder points out inconsistency in the clause that allows the Marijuana Regulatory Agency to eliminate the prerequisite, noting that it is included in the language original law but left out of the more-expansive set of permanent rules that the Marijuana Regulatory Agency put into effect this summer. He also questions the fairness, since his members approached their business plans and investment strategy with certain assumptions, one being that the market space would be limited until November 2021.

In order to meet booming recreational demand, the state began allowing medical marijuana to be transferred for recreational sale. Retailers are allowed to transfer 50% of any marijuana for recreational sale once it’s been in inventory for 30 days. Medical marijuana processors and growers are allowed to transfer 50% of any harvested marijuana or finished produces for recreational sale.

Much of the marijuana on store shelves that’s for purchase by the general public originated under medical licenses and was later transferred for recreational sale.

There are nearly twice as many recreational marijuana stores as there are recreational growers, and multiple businesses that possess grow licenses supply only their own retail locations.

The dynamics of the growing industry can make it difficult for independent retailers, like Freddie’s in Clio, to get the marijuana products they and their customers want.

“The demand, as far as recreational availability, I can tell you is not being met,” said Freddie’s general manager Brett Stephens. This change would be “an alteration to meet the demands of the adult-use customer statewide.”

In an effort to combat its own recreational marijuana shortages, Freddie’s is currently seeking a recreational marijuana growing license of its own.

Stephens said it’s a constant battle to acquire marijuana and marijuana products, especially popular vaping cartridges that came under heavy regulation following a health scare last year.

While he sees the proposed changes increasing the size of the recreational market, he fears what it will do to the medical marijuana market.

“What I don’t like about it is the medical customer, they were advocates for the industry this entire time,” he said, “so I would just like for them not to be forgotten, but I think there is a happy medium between the two ideologies and the two customer bases.”

Stephens said only about 5% to 15% of the customers he serves are registered medical marijuana patients. While the same products are generally available for both recreational and medical consumption, medical customers usually have access to lower-priced marijuana and are not required to pay an excise tax.

The number of registered medical marijuana patients, 246,000 as of June, is dwarfed by the 6 million-plus, 21-and-up Michigan residents who make up the possible recreational market. The medical marijuana market has shrunk by 20,000 registered patients and 3,500 registered caregivers since January.
 

mudshark

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Legal cannabis: Sales around the corner in Iron Mountain, Crystal Falls

JUN 13, 2020
JIM ANDERSON
News Editor
janderson@ironmountaindailynews.com


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Casey Honeyager, local representative for the Rize Cannabis project, stands in front of the Rize UP building at 1580 North Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain. Rize may begin marijuana sales at the location as soon as July 1. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photos)


IRON MOUNTAIN — Recreational marijuana sales will begin this summer in Dickinson and Iron counties if plans by developers stay on course.

Rize Cannabis hopes to begin sales July 1 at 1580 N. Stephenson Ave., but the date isn’t definite, said Casey Honeyager of Republic, manager for the Iron Mountain project. “It’s having all the T’s crossed and the I’s dotted,” he explained.

A retail business in Crystal Falls could potentially be licensed in a month or two, while Lume Cannabis Co.’s downtown Iron Mountain shop may not open until 2021.

Rize is the biggest investor locally, having promised a $5 million project and 60 to 90 jobs in securing one of Iron Mountain’s two licenses for dispensaries. Before the coronavirus arrived, the company had targeted late April to begin adult-use sales.

“It has been a scary time with COVID,” Honeyager said. “We shut down for seven weeks and now take precautions to prevent the spread. We look forward to being part of this great community in Iron Mountain.”


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Joe Occhietti , Mike Winch and Lance Miller of Sikora Sheet Metal Inc. work on the plumbing at the Rize UP building in Iron Mountain.


Renovating a former soft drink plant a quarter-mile south of Industrial Drive, Rize is several months away from getting its growing and processing facility launched. The company also plans to open downstate facilities in Madison Heights and Traverse City.

The owners of Rize, according to the company’s application, are Nick Issak of Macomb and Julie Wentworth of Bay Harbor.

Although local cultivation hasn’t begun, securing products for Iron Mountain shouldn’t be an issue, Honeyager said.

Lume Cannabis is coming to Iron Mountain in cooperation with Attitude Wellness, owned by Robert Barnes of Evart, who offered a $2.18 million investment and 20 jobs in gaining the city’s second dispensary license.

The retail business will be at 117 and 119 S. Stephenson Ave., where substantial work is needed on structures first erected in the late 1800s.

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A former church building at 116 Superior Ave. in Crystal Falls has been sold to a developer who plans to have a marijuana retail outlet at the downtown site, along with a growing and processing facility in the city’s industrial park.

“We’ve got to treat them delicately,” said Lume president Doug Hellyar, noting the tentative opening date is Dec. 31.

Lume has opened a marijuana outlet in Negaunee, while a shop in Sault Ste. Marie should be ready by early September. The company has seven current locations in Lower Michigan, with six more planned.

Lume’s growing and processing facility in Iron Mountain will be on the west side of Hydraulic Falls Road between Stephenson Avenue and Breitung Cutoff Road. Although no ground has been broken, Hellyar envisions the facility serving all of Lume’s U.P. market, which may expand by as many as six locations.

Based in Troy, Lume has a large cultivation center in Evart.

In Iron County, the city of Crystal Falls adopted an ordinance in October to allow up to two retail licenses in the business district, plus an unlimited number for growing and processing in the industrial district.

“There’s a lot of interest,” said City Manager Gerard Valesano. “We’re filled with what our council was willing to allow for retail.”

Ottawa Inventions, which is renovating a former church at 116 Superior Ave. at the east end of downtown, hopes to open its Higher Love retail business yet this summer. The company plans a growing and processing facility in the industrial park on the city’s west end north of U.S. 2.

Ottawa Innovations is connected with Landmark Real Estate and Development, and Walter Moore, who purchased property in the industrial park for a token sum through the city’s economic development efforts. Valesano described it as “a pretty substantial operation,” providing as many as 40 jobs while housing 8,000 marijuana plants.

Another marijuana shop is planned at 32 Superior Ave. in the former Sentinel building, but no timetable has been announced. Donovan Burke of Northern High Lights LLC is the representative, having acquired industrial park property with plans to initially house up to 100 plants.

The city has platted areas in the industrial park to meet the needs of interested grow facilities. The businesses will provide a significant economic boost not only in wages and benefits but also in license fees, tax income and utility use, Valesano said.

Crystal Falls voters approved legalized marijuana in November 2018 with 370 yes to 308 no. The election was a factor in the city’s decision to go forward with licensing after initially declining.

“I think that had a lot to do with our council opting in,” Valesano said.

Iron Mountain adopted an ordinance in June 2019 to invite medical marijuana businesses and followed through in October with an ordinance for adult-use facilities.

Its limited licenses were awarded on a competitive basis, mainly emphasizing economic impact. While only two dispensaries will be permitted, up to five growing and processing operations are allowed.

Michigan voters chose to legalize marijuana for adults in November 2018, ten years after approving medical marijuana use. Iron Mountain’s vote in 2018 was 1,543 yes to 1,460 no.

The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency is charged with regulating and licensing marijuana establishments. Under legislation signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in February, marijuana products must include warnings regarding risks to unborn children and children who are breastfeeding.

Marijuana shops also must make pamphlets available explaining underage use health risks.

Jim Anderson can be reached at 906-774-3500, ext. 226, or janderson@ironmountaindailynews.com.
 

momofthegoons

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Staff member
Monroe Township passes marijuana ordinance

Monroe Township Supervisor Al Barron said the expectation is for any cannabis-related businesses to be located along the LaPlaisance corridor.

Monroe Charter Township on Tuesday became one of the first municipalities in Monroe County to approve an ordinance governing marijuana businesses.

The township board of trustees approved a zoning ordinance that includes a section regulating marijuana microbusinesses, processors, retailers, provisioning centers, compliance businesses and transporters.

Per the ordinance, “Marihuana Growers shall be allowed to be located within (i) L-I (light industrial) zoned districts or (ii) C- 2 (general commercial) zoned districts with special approval...

″...in the Charter Township of Monroe after receiving site plan approval and further provided that the Marihuana Grower meets the conditions set forth in this Ordinance.”


The ordinance prohibits any marijuana business, or activities associated with the business, from operating inside a residential space, with the exception of operations allowed under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act and the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act for medical marihuana.

Drive-through and mobile marijuana businesses are prohibited, as are marijuana designated consumption establishments.

Marijuana businesses must be located at least 1,000 feet, as measured door-to-door, from any licensed child care business, preschool program center, or any public or private primary, intermediate or secondary school.

They are not allowed in any Residential Zoning Districts, and must be set back at least 500 feet as measured door-to door from a primary residence in a Residential Zoned District, or from the nearest campsite or church.

Township Supervisor Al Barron said the expectation is for any cannabis-related businesses to be located along the LaPlaisance corridor, one of the only areas in the township that fits the criteria laid out in the ordinance.

“I think the primary goal was to focus on LaPlaisance Road,” Barron said. “There’s no residents out there. It’s a good area that obviously needs developing...
“As far as other places, there’s not that many C-2 (zoned) areas.”

Barron added that he believes it’s “absolutely an economic advantage” to be one of the first municipalities in Monroe County to pass a marijuana ordinance.

“COVID-19 put a little damper into getting it passed,” he said. “It should have passed back in June, we said that was our timeline. But we did get it passed at Tuesday’s meeting.”

Barron said that the township has already received a lot of interest from individuals looking to apply for the proper licenses to open marijuana-related businesses within the township.

While the ordinance has drawn crowds to recent township board meetings, the supervisor said those who attended were mostly proponents of the industry.

“There’s been very little contention,” Barron said. “That could change, but we hope that we have a grip on this...
“As of right now, there’s been very, very few complaints.”
 

CarolKing

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Former Detroit Lions players bring NFL star power to Niles marijuana industry

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Former NFL players Rob Sims, left, and Calvin Johnson stand outside the building they plan to convert into a marijuana dispensary in Niles.
Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

NILES — The owners of the city’s third medical marijuana dispensary pulled into their latest business venture in pure American muscle.
Calvin Johnson, one of the NFL’s most productive wide receivers, rolled into the lot of the former Billiard Garden with a customized 1000-horsepower Dodge Challenger. Rob Sims, his former teammate on the Detroit Lions, pulled in a few minutes later with a souped-up 700-horsepower Ford-150.

You wouldn’t expect less from athletes who earned their living on Sundays playing professional football.
But the two were in Niles on Monday morning to focus on pot — specifically to take a look at the progress on the long-abandoned Billiard Garden building, at 1286 S. 11th Street, before quickly heading out to look at possible retail locations they are planning to open in other Michigan cities.

They are investors in a 12,000-square-foot indoor grow facility just outside the village of Webberville, and by the end of November they hope to open their first retail location for medical and recreational marijuana in leased space inside the Billiard Garden, a former Niles pool hall.

Eventually, they’d like to expand to a few other locations around the state and possibly open an outdoor growing facility, Sims said.
Johnson played for the Lions for nine seasons, with the nickname “Megatron,” before retiring in 2016 as one of the NFL’s greatest receivers. Sims started his NFL career in 2006 as an offensive lineman for nine seasons, the last five in Detroit.
The two struck up a friendship while with the Lions and discovered they had mutual interests in real estate and entrepreneurship, said Sims, explaining that they own investment properties in Michigan.

But the two also had a belief in the benefits of marijuana, admitting that they used it to manage the aches and pains resulting from the hits they received in the NFL.

They know it wasn’t allowed at the time, but it seemed like a safer alternative.
“It was more natural and holistic than other options, such as opioids, for pain and inflammation,” Johnson said. “Other options are needed that are less damaging or addictive.”
Sims feels the same way about the use of marijuana for pain management, but doesn’t suggest current players should break any rules if it could jeopardize their careers.

Though neither of the two was diagnosed with concussions during their playing days, they made a six-figure donation to Harvard University to help research the benefits of marijuana for pain management as well as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
“We think it could help with MS, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases,” Sims said. “There might be additional medical benefits that we don’t know about but are worth investigating.”
Based on their interests, it was a natural progression for the two to begin investigating the possibility of expanding their business interests into the new field.

Though the new store in Niles was originally going to be called Primativ, it will now be called Prime to separate the retail operation from other portions of the overall business, said Johnson, adding that they won’t be using the entire building for the dispensary.
“We have other ideas in mind for the other piece of the building,” he said, declining to provide details.
Sims said they were drawn to the location because of the size of the building, the ample parking, the ease of working with Niles officials and the proximity to U.S. 12 and the Indiana border.

If allowed, they might eventually have autograph signings and other events at the store because of their NFL contacts, Sims said.
Including GreenStem and ReLeaf Center, the new dispensary would be the third in Niles, with another provisioning center coming and the possibility of four smaller micro businesses — kind of like a marijuana boutique store. But beyond those retail locations, there also are two grow/processing facilities already operating, with the likelihood of four more to come, said Sanya Vitale, Niles community development director.

The city is “always taking emails for vendors interested in grows, processing, transport, and labs,” said Vitale, adding that the new industry already has created more than 200 jobs.
 

momofthegoons

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Staff member
So..... how did it get on the shelf if it failed contaminant testing? And why are the standards different for adult use market?

Michigan recalls numerous varieties of marijuana flower sold at nine dispensaries statewide

The Michigan Regulatory Agency has recalled numerous varieties of cannabis flower sold at nine dispensaries for failing contaminant testing for yeast and mold.

The contaminated marijuana failed standards for the medical market but not for the adult-use market, which has lower testing standards.

Dispensaries that sold the contaminated marijuana flower are GreenCare in River Rouge, 20 Past 4 in Jackson, Common Citizen in Detroit, Flint, and Battle Creek, and 3Fifteen in Detroit, Flint, and Grand Rapids.

Michigan’s legal marijuana system requires cannabis to be tested at independent labs before being sold. Dispensaries are required to notify customers who purchased marijuana that has been recalled.

The Michigan Regulatory Agency is asking people who bought the contaminated marijuana to return it to the dispensary where they purchased it. For details on the recalled products, click here.
 

CarolKing

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ated 8:06 AM; Today 8:06 AM
C3 Industries opens a new marijuana dispensary on Packard Street in Ann Arbor

File photo, Thursday March, 12, 2020. Nicole Hester/Mlive.com
By Gus Burns | fburns@mlive.com
Michigan issued the very first recreational marijuana microbusiness license to a company in Presque Isle County’s Onaway this week.
The business, Sticky Bush Farms owned by Benjamin Kolasa according to state licensing records, is allowed to grow up to 150 plants, the marijuana from which may then be processed into oil, edibles or other marijuana products, packaged and sold from a retail shop.

The license is meant for small, self-contained businesses that are not allowed to interact with the rest of the licensed market, meaning they can’t acquire marijuana or marijuana products from outside growers, processors or retailers, and may not sell any products to other marijuana dispensaries or retailers.
 
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momofthegoons

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Michigan Senate leaves DWI's out of expungement expansion

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate passed bills that would allow hundreds of thousands of people to clear criminal records.

The state estimates the expungement measures would affect hundreds of thousands people, including those with marijuana convictions before it was legalized for recreational use in 2018.

The legislation passed the state Senate Wednesday. If signed into law, Michigan would have an automated system for expungements of certain felonies after 10 years and misdemeanors after seven years.


According to the Chicago-based Alliance for Safety and Justice, the legislation aims to help more people to successfully navigate the expungement process in Michigan where only a few thousand people each year now receive expungements.
 

momofthegoons

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How the hell is this still happening?

Cannabis vape cartridges sold at Detroit's Plan B Wellness recalled for containing vitamin E acetate

It looks like the vaping scare isn't over just yet.

Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued a recall on Thursday for cannabis vaping cartridges that failed a safety test for vitamin E acetate last month. The cartridges were sold at Plan B Wellness in Detroit at 20101 Eight Mile Rd.




Patients or caregivers who have the vape cartridges are asked to return them to Plan B Wellness for disposal. The company has also been asked to notify patients or caregivers that purchased these vape cartridges of the recall.

According to the agency, the cartridges were manufactured before the state issued emergency rules for cannabis vaping products in November of last year.




The products are:

Package # 1A405010000426A000000084 (Dank Vape Cart 1g)
Sold between October 10, 2019 and November 22, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000217 (Dank Vape Cart 1g)
Sold between October 17, 2019 and November 21, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000235 (Dank Vape Cart 1g)
Sold between November 1, 2019 and November 17, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000110 (Dank Vape Cart 1g)
Sold between October 9, 2019 and November 21, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000200 (Dank Vape Cart 1g)
Sold between October 7, 2019 and November 22, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000005 (Dank Vape Cart 1g)
Sold between October 4, 2019 and November 22, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000027 (Monopoly Carts 1g)
Sold between October 4, 2019 and November 21, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000138 (Monopoly Carts 1g)
Sold between October 22, 2019 and November 21, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000644 (Monopoly Carts 1g)
Sold between November 16, 2019 and November 21, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000499 (Monopoly Carts 1g)
Sold between October 11, 2019 and November 21, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000020 (Sky Sticks 1g)
Sold between October 03, 2019 and November 21, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000646 (Sky Stick 1g)
Sold between October 22, 2019 and November 21, 2019

Package # 1A405010000426A000000024 (Planet X Cart 1g)
Sold between October 5, 2019 and November 8, 2019
More information is here.

Last year, there was a bit of confusion as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer launched a campaign against nicotine vaping products like Juul, citing a rise in teen vaping. At the same time, a mysterious illness linked to vaping was sending otherwise healthy individuals to hospitals around the country, causing many people to conflate the two issues. Eventually, it was discovered that cannabis vaping products containing vitamin E acetate, a substance commonly used to dilute black-market vaping oil, was the cause of the illness.

Plan B Wellness has been ordered to recall products for containing vitamin E acetate multiple times.
 

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