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.

The state of Michigan has added cerebral palsy to a list of conditions for which people can register to use medical marijuana.

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday abolishing the state’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation and Medical Marihuana Licensing Board.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is abolishing Michigan's medical marijuana licensing board and folding its functions into a newly created regulatory agency.

Police Swabbing Drivers For Drugs To Expand Across Michigan

Feb 27, 2019
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A program that had some police officers in five Michigan counties asking drivers to allow a swab of their mouth to determine if they've been using drugs is being expanded statewide.


Hundreds Of Michigan Communities Ban Marijuana Businesses

Jan 31, 2019

More than 250 Michigan communities have banned marijuana businesses just two months after the state became the first in the Midwest to legalize the drug for recreational use.

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State police say a man who admitted smoking marijuana lost control of his car and struck a trooper's vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 75 in Detroit.

On Friday, Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) issued a recall for medical marijuana sold by a company in Lansing. Click on this story for the products.

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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.

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