Gene Johnson, Associated Press Updated 9:18 am CDT, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 SEATTLE (AP) — When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. Businesses would need to track plants and products with bar codes. Regulators would have to approve money invested to ensure it was not tied to criminals. Owners of pot operations would have to live in-state and pass background checks. Five years later, federal authorities have stayed away, but the industry says it has been stifled by over-regulation. Lawmakers in both states have heard the complaints and are moving to ease the rules. "There's a saying in the business world: 'Pioneers get slaughtered, and settlers get fat,'" said Greg James, publisher of industry magazine Marijuana Ventures, based near Seattle. "These rules have made the entire industry very inefficient. We're … [Read more...] about Pioneering legal pot states aim to ease rules on industry
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Elissa Robinson Detroit Free Press Published 9:20 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Legal pot in Michigan: The good, the bad As the Nov. 6 election looms, voters will decide on legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use. The arguments for and against it have been passionate and visceral. So what are the pros and cons of Proposal 1? Here's a close look at both sides of the issue. What the Dems would do ... After eight years in the wilderness, Democrats in Lansing are promising an aggressive agenda if voters return them to power next week. Their planned moves would mark an about-face from how Gov. Rick Snyder and his fellow Republicans have ruled Lansing. Here's a look at the issues that top their agenda if the blue wave hits Michigan — and the Dems retake Lansing. Absentee rules If you need to vote absentee, you still have time. Your local clerks' office will be open on Saturday to help you out. So do you qualify? To vote absentee, you must meet one of these … [Read more...] about Elections 2018: From legalizing pot to absentee rules
opinion Mike Thompson Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 17, 2018 On Wednesday, it will no longer be illegal for adults to purchase, possess or grow recreational cannabis in Canada. And if recent history holds true, that means Proposal 1, the ballot initiative that would allow recreational marijuana in Michigan, will pass this November. After all, Windsor, Canada got casino gambling, so Michigan had to get casino gambling. Now Canada gets legal pot, so Michigan has to get legal pot. In addition to their vices, it would be nice if Americans tried to emulate some other things about our civil and decent Canadian neighbors Follow Mike Thompson on Facebook and Twitter More from Mike Thompson: More on this issue: ►More: Michigan's marijuana ballot proposal in 60 seconds ►More: 8 things to know about legal cannabis in Canada ►More: Recreational marijuana to be legal nationwide in Canada on Wednesday … [Read more...] about Canada legalizes pot, will Michigan join the states with legal weed?
Jennifer Chambers The Detroit News Published 3:20 p.m. UTC Jun 8, 2018 After the initial haze clears, Michigan stands to gain financially from recreational marijuana if voters choose to legalize it. And while few dispute the potential economic benefit, critics argue it comes at too high of a price. Voters will decide this November whether to allow marijuana use by adults 21 and older after the state Legislature failed this week to muster enough support to adopt and amend a citizen-initiated proposal. Supporters of legalization envision a Michigan where the regulation and taxation of the plant creates a new branch of tourism, drawing visitors and dollars from across the Midwest into the Great Lakes State. Initial estimates say it will generate $200 million a year in tax revenues. That gold rush has strong interest among residents. Last weekend, the CannaCon Detroit Conference, a cannabis industry convention, came to Cobo Center. Along with … [Read more...] about Legal pot’s impact foggy as Michigan weighs ballot bid
opinion Nolan Finley The Detroit News Published 2:57 p.m. UTC Jun 5, 2018 On the issue of legalizing pot, today is the day state lawmakers should get off their’s and act to approve the recreational use of the drug in the most responsible way possible. The state Legislature has until midnight to OK the citizens initiative submitted by supporters of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The drive garnered enough signatures to earn a spot on the November ballot, and that’s where it will go if lawmaker don’t pre-emptively turn it into law. They should, for a couple of reasons. First, it is in the Republican-controlled Legislature’s self-interest to keep pot legalization off the ballot. The measure enjoys wide popularity, and supporters are intensely passionate about the issue. Those voters tend to lean Democratic, and the GOP, already facing tough odds in the mid-term elections, don’t need to give Democrats another reason to go to the polls. … [Read more...] about Editor’s Note: Lawmakers should legalize pot