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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Canadians Face Travel Ban For Talking With U.S. Pot Industry

Dec 21, 2018
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Pot is legal on both sides of the border between Canada and Michigan. But there’s still some burning issues. Canadians traveling to even talk with the U.S. pot industry can be banned from the U.S. And Michigan medical dispensaries face a severe pot shortage. Quinn Klinefelter reports.

Marijuana in Michigan is in flux this week. 

Recreational Marijuana Legal In Michigan Today

Dec 6, 2018

Starting Thursday, recreational marijuana is officially legal in Michigan. But regulating legal pot remains a bit hazy.

Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Michigan Thursday. Some law enforcement officers worry this will mean more people will drive drug-impaired.

Michigan clears a threshold this week as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes. In the Nov. 6 election, voters by a wide margin endorsed recreational use by adults who are at least 21. The move comes 10 years after voters approved marijuana to alleviate the effects of certain illnesses. Many supporters believe that decadelong experience, as well as similar legalization efforts in other states, led to victory at the ballot box.

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Medical marijuana shops that have trouble buying pot from licensed growers may get a reprieve from regulators as a new regulatory system gets off the ground.

Editor's note - we originally incorrectly reported the businesses approved committed hiring close to 15,000 workers. The correct number is close to 1,500 workers.

The city of Lansing conditionally approved licenses for 10 medical marijuana facilities Tuesday.

Michigan lawmakers have approved permanent medical marijuana licensing rules, including a provision to allow dispensaries to deliver the drug to cardholders' homes.

Some Michigan communities are already saying no to marijuana businesses after voters approved the use of the drug for people 21 and older .

Bridge magazine reporter Alexandra Schmidt answered some of the biggest questions about Michigan's legalization of recreational marijuana law, approved by voters on November 6, 2018. 

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On November 10-11 edition of Current State: recapping the pink & blue wave from Election 2018; passage of legalization of marijuana in Michigan; PBS Playtime expanding their role in Lansing schools & the growing demographic of anglers in the U.P.

Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board met Thursday to consider another batch of applications.

Michigan voters have approved Proposal 1 legalizing recreational possession of marijuana for those age 21 and up.