• Mt. Pleasant gets first two applications for Medical Marijuana licenses

    October 10, 2018

    Mt. Pleasant received first two applications for local medical marijuana licenses after it began accepting applications on Monday, Oct. 1.

    Both the applications, which the city has received, are from Green Bronco LLC, of Rochester Hills. They have sought conditional approval for provisioning centers at two locations: 1318 E. Pickard and 1322 E. Pickard.

    As per the new ordinance, which was approved earlier this year, only three provisioning centers will be allowed across the city and they will allow up to five Class A growers (500 plants) and up to three Class B or C growers (1,000 and 1,500 plants).

    Any business can apply for the annual city license with a fee of $5,000, which is refundable to those who do not receive final authorization from the city to operate. The application fee is $200 and is non-refundable.

    The applicants can apply till Feb. 1 next year after which the city clerk’s office will review the applications and send the conditional approval.

    If the city receives more than the allowed number of applications then it will hold a lottery to select the eligible applicants.  

    The city is posting a list of applicants at its website www.mt-pleasant.org and the list will be updated weekly.

    As per the guidelines to grant the official license to the applicants, the city requires all applicants, for all of the business types, to already have Phase 1 approval from the state. Then a business has to receive a special use permit from the city and Phase 2 site location approval from the state after receiving the conditional approval from the city.
  • Mormon Church backs deal to allow Medical Marijuana in Utah

    October 06, 2018

    The Mormon Church extended its support to a deal Thursday that would legalize medical marijuana in conservative Utah.

    The church’s support to push medical marijuana forward came after months of fierce debate. It joined the lawmakers, the governor and advocates more the move even if a November ballot initiative fails.

    Gov. Gary Herbert is slated have a discussion with all the lawmakers during a special session after the Nov. 6 election to pass the compromise into law.

    The deal differs from the ballot initiative by removing a provision that would allow people to grow their own marijuana if they live too far from a dispensary and limiting the types of edible marijuana that would be available.

    On the other hand, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opposed the ballot measure, leaders also made first-ever public statement supporting the use of medical marijuana if prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmacy.

    The medical marijuana is currently legal in more than 30 states. However, the recreational marijuana will go before voters of Michigan and North Dakota this November. If passed, it will be a first for a Midwestern state.

    Smoking marijuana would not be allowed under the ballot proposal, but the edible forms, lotions or electronic cigarettes will be allowed.

  • Michigan Pot Shops get new deadline for approval and closure

    October 03, 2018

    Michigan imposed a Halloween deadline Monday for dispensaries that are not fully licensed by the end of October to either get a state license or be forced to shut down.

    The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) issued new emergency rules which could put dozens of facilities out of business.

    According to the new rules, the dispensaries could be forced to shut down if they fail to receive a state license as per the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act by Oct. 31.

    The LARA has decided to enforce the Oct. 31 deadline despite a continued backlog in unprocessed applications and a court order that had temporarily allowed many existing businesses to operate until Dec. 15.

    A Court of Claims judge overruled the state's plan to treat two different classes of dispensaries differently.

    As many as 206 dispensaries that have been operating with approval from their local communities, but still haven't gotten a state license. They were issued cease and desist letters from the state in March ordering them to shut down.

    The first deadline was June 15 for dispensaries to get a license or shut down. But the state didn't approve the first dispensary license until July 12, so the June deadline was extended to Sept. 15.

    However, Judge Stephen Berrello overruled the state’s plan to make 98 dispensaries that hadn't turned in completed applications to close on Sept. 15, and allowed 106 retail shops that had turned in all steps of their application, which included building plans as well as community approval, to stay open until Dec. 15.

    The new Dec. 15 deadline is the third time the department has extended the deadline for dispensaries to get a license or shut down.

    After medical marijuana became legal in Michigan in 2008, the state has approved licenses for 37 applicants including seven growers, four processors, 19 dispensaries, three secure transporters and four testing facilities.

    Michigan has received 702 applications and, in addition to the licenses approved, 72 applicants have been given preliminary approval for a license.

  • Marijuana worth $345K found in southwest of Rochester

    September 28, 2018

    “High quality” marijuana worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was recovered Monday in southwest of Rochester. This was informed by Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.

    As per the Sheriff’s Office, the marijuana was packed in three storage bins and two garbage bags. They were separated into 112 vacuums-sealed plastic packages weighing roughly 1 pound each and were found abandoned along a rural road southwest of Rochester.

    While the identity of whoever is responsible for the pot is yet to be known, the Sheriff’s Office said it’s keeping under wraps other details about who found the marijuana or where it was located as the matter is under investigation.

    “No one has come forward, and I’d be very surprised if they did,” Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrns said late Thursday morning.

    “There are concerns for people’s safety due to the large amount that a dealer has lost, and we simply don’t want to place someone in danger for informing law enforcement,” a statement from the Sheriff’s Office read.

    “We estimate the value of the marijuana, due to its high quality, to be approximately $345,000,” the statement continued, describing the location of the discovery as “a concealed spot.”

    The Sheriff’s Office has asked people having information about the unattended marijuana to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS assuring to keep the callers’ details anonymous.

  • 1st legal Medical Marijuana Plant sold in Oklahoma

    September 27, 2018

    The first ever medical marijuana plant has been sold at a dispensary in Fairfax Oklahoma in the state. 

    One John Frasure, a Vietnam-era veteran who struggles with PTSD and a variety of ailments, purchased the seedling which is the first plant to be legally grown and sold after the state legalized medical marijuana in June this year.

    "I didn't think this was going to happen in my lifetime. And that’s what's so really great about this is, that's why we did the sale. We want everybody to know that yes cannabis is for sale here in Oklahoma. Medical cannabis is for sale,” said Frasure.

    Voters had passed State Question 788 back in June. However, those products, which contain oils extracted from the cannabis plant, were already legal to sell as long as they don’t contain traces of tetrahydrocannabinol — or THC — the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.

    As per the State Question 788, the medical marijuana license holders can legally have up to six seedlings and six adult plants. However, all plants sold in Oklahoma have to be grown in Oklahoma itself as the federal government says it’s illegal to bring the plants from other states.

    Meanwhile, a state legislative committee met Wednesday for the 10th time to discuss the matter.

    In Oklahoma, it costs 100 dollars to get a license for two years.

  • Virginia selects 5 Firms to dispense Medical Marijuana

    September 26, 2018

    As many as five companies have been selected in Virginia Tuesday to dispense medical marijuana in the Commonwealth.

    The Virginia Board of Pharmacy named the five winning applications after private discussions that lasted more than five hours.

    The conditional awardees include Maryland-based Green Leaf Medical, Illinois-based PharmaCann and New York-based Columbia Care. The other two licenses were awarded to newer ventures from Virginia entrepreneurs partnering with out-of-state partners: Dharma Pharmaceuticals and Dalitso LLC.

    The Virginia Board of Pharmacy said that the companies will open state's first authorized marijuana-growing facilities within a year. However, they are only allowed to sell non-psychoactive oil to approved patients.

    Total 51 companies had filed their applications each of which required a $10,000 filing fee.

    The General Assembly had in 2016 and 2017 passed several bills to expand its medical marijuana use laws to allow in-state production, sale and dispensing of medical cannabis oil or THC-A to alleviate symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease for patient use.

    In March this year, the lawmakers also expanded marijuana medical use to include “any diagnosed condition or disease determined by the practitioner to benefit from such use.

  • Man shot dead during break-in attempt at Detroit Marijuana Dispensary

    September 26, 2018

    An unidentified man died after he was shot while he was trying to break into a medical marijuana dispensary Monday.

    According to Detroit police, the deceased along with three others tried to break into a medical marijuana dispensary around 11:20 p.m. Monday at Motor City Kush on 8 Mile Road at John R, just west of I-75.

    Police say an employee of the marijuana dispensary rushed to the spot after he heard the alarm going off. Later, found a man in the garage and opened fire and fatally shot the man in the direction of the break-in.

    While three of the four suspects managed to escape from the site, another got the bullet injury and fell in the garage.

    Cops arrive after getting information about the incident and found the man lying face down in the garage. He was declared dead by the police at the scene. However, his identity is yet to be ascertained.

    Police have started an investigation into the matter and a man haunt also has been launched to trace the three men who remain at large.

    Cops, even, circulated a phone number (313-267-4600) and asked the residents to provide information of the three persons involved in the attempted break-in, if they get any.