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John W. Fraser

Cash Is King: LARA Clarifies Capitalization Requirements for Medical Marijuana Businesses

Medical marijuana entrepreneurs seeking to start their own “cannabusiness” will have to show fairly significant liquid capital assets as a prerequisite to obtaining a license to operate. We previously covered  the comments from LARA’s Director of the Bureau of Medical […]

Mick S. Grewal Sr

Drugged Driving Crackdown: Michigan Police Officers to Begin Mouth Swabs in 5 Counties

Michigan is attempting to crackdown on drugged driving—those who drive under the influence of a controlled substance. In 2016, Michigan enacted a 1 year pilot program limited to use in 5 counties throughout the state. The pilot program is scheduled […]

John W. Fraser

Lansing Marijuana Referendum Has Officially Failed: City Council’s September 2017 Marijuana Facilities Ordinance to Stay in Full Effect

Lansing marijuana activists have failed in their efforts to secure a referendum on Lansing City Council’s September 2017 medical marijuana ordinance. The activist group known as “Let Lansing Vote” sought to repeal or secure a city-wide vote on Lansing City […]

John W. Fraser

Marijuana Referendum Fails (For Now): Lansing Medical Marijuana Ordinance Back in Effect

Marijuana laws seem to change in the blink of an eye. Earlier today, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope announced that the petition for a referendum on Lansing City Council’s September 2017 medical marijuana ordinance did not contain enough valid signatures. […]

John W. Fraser

Show Me The Money!: LARA Wants to See the Green Before Issuing Medical Marijuana Facility Licenses

Medical marijuana entrepreneurs seeking to start their own “cannabusiness” will likely have to show pretty significant liquid capital or cash assets as a prerequisite to obtaining a license to operate. LARA’s Director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation Andrew […]

David Mittleman

Mid-Michigan Communities Need Representation in Opioid Litigation

Mid-Michigan and the rest of the country have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic. The President is set to declare a national emergency on the issue. Drug overdose deaths are currently the leading cause of death in the United States. […]

John W. Fraser

Cannabis Confusion? Referendum Puts Lansing’s Marijuana Ordinance on Hold

Medical marijuana laws in Michigan have a tendency to change rapidly. For example, it looked like Lansing might be ready to accept applications for medical marijuana facilities, but now the process has been placed on hold. If you’re among those […]

John W. Fraser

Understanding Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Laws: Section 4 Immunity under the MMMA

This post is the second in a series of posts designed toward providing some basic background information about the legal status of marijuana under Michigan law. Our first post covered some general background of 2008’s Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (commonly […]

Mick S. Grewal Sr

Michigan’s Marijuana Dispensaries Still Face an Uncertain Future Following Rocky Board Meeting

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board held its third public meeting on September 12, 2017, as medical marijuana patients anxiously awaited the fate of currently operating dispensaries. At the Board’s August 21, 2017 meeting, Board Member Donald Bailey introduced a motion […]

Mick S. Grewal Sr

5 Things to Know About Lansing’s Medical Marijuana Ordinance

After multiple years of debate and significant pressure from the community, on September 7, 2017, Lansing City Council adopted an ordinance by a 5-3 vote to “opt into” Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (commonly referred to as the “MMFLA”). […]