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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ann Arbor is temporarily halting new medical marijuana dispensaries after recently receiving more than 30 permit applications to operate in the city.

The City Council voted unanimously Monday to impose a 60-day moratorium on issuing new permits as it considers limiting the number of dispensaries allowed in the city, the Ann Arbor News reported. Dispensaries will be exempt if they already received zoning approval or have applications currently under consideration.

Ann Arbor decriminalized marijuana in the 1970s and hosts the Hash Bash, a long-running celebration to promote legal reform for marijuana.

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Mayor Christopher Taylor said existing dispensaries are well-run institutions, but the number of applications for new dispensaries represents a shift in the community.

The high level of interest in setting up dispensaries warrants taking time to review the city’s regulations, city officials said.

The council directed city staff to prepare ordinance changes by May 7 limiting the number of dispensary permits available to the number of approvable zoning applications already accepted for consideration.

City planning officials were also asked to review the minimum distance required between dispensaries. The city’s current buffer zone is 600 feet (183 meters).

Council members cited concern over the effect medical marijuana facilities could have on the community over time.

“City Council finds it necessary to impose this moratorium in order to promote the public health, safety, and welfare of city residents,” the resolution stated.

Petitioners in Leoni Township have also called for a moratorium on medical marijuana application approvals until the effects and environmental impact are thoroughly examined, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported. The township recently approved 44 licenses for dispensaries, secure transporters, processors and growing operations.

“I personally think a temporary moratorium makes the most sense,” said Corey Kennedy, a Leoni Township trustee. “We need

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Almost immediately, I found my go-to dispensary, and my pain was quickly becoming something I could manage thanks to my new friends indica and sativa.

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Ann Arbor imposes moratorium on new marijuana dispensaries

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ann Arbor is temporarily halting new medical cannabis dispensaries after more than 30 recently applied for permits to operate in the city.

The Ann Arbor News reported that the City Council voted unanimously Monday, April 16, 2018, to impose a 60-day moratorium on issuing new permits as it considers limiting the number of dispensaries allowed in the city. Dispensaries that have already received zoning approval or that have applications currently under consideration will be exempt.

Ann Arbor officials say the high interest in setting up dispensaries warrants taking time to review the city’s regulations. Council members cited concern over the effect medical cannabis facilities could have on the community over time.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reported that petitioners in Leoni Township, 31 miles west of Ann Arbor, were also calling for a moratorium on medical cannabis application approvals until the effects and environmental impact are thoroughly examined.

Effort to bring medical marijuana to public vote fails

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Supporters of allowing medical cannabis in South Dakota have failed to bring the matter to a public vote.

A petition to put medical cannabis legalization on the November general election ballot was rejected because it didn’t have enough valid signatures.

South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said a random sampling determined that the petition with about 15,000 names had only about 9,500 valid signatures — far short of the 13,871 required. The rejection can be challenged in court.

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“I think we’re actually ahead” on legalizing marijuana for recreational use in New York state.

Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 in a conversation with reporters

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo claimed that New York state is ahead of other states on legalizing recreational marijuana. (Courtesy: Cuomo’s Flickr account)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo touts New York state as a progressive beacon for the rest of the country.

But his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, says that’s not true when it comes to recreational marijuana. It’s not legal in New York state.

Cuomo was asked about the issue during a recent exchange with reporters on Long Island.

“Given what’s happened in Massachusetts, California, what could happen in New Jersey, do you feel as if New York is behind on this at all?” NY1 Reporter Zack Fink asked Cuomo.

“No, I think we’re actually ahead on it,” Cuomo said. “We announced months ago that we were going to study the legalization issue precisely for that reason. You have Massachusetts, you have New Jersey talking about it.”

Earlier this year, Cuomo asked the state Department of Health to study what legalizing marijuana would mean for New York state. The study will reportedly be finished this fall.

Some states have already legalized marijuana for recreational use. So, what was Cuomo talking about when he said “we’re actually ahead on it?”

What Cuomo was saying

Cuomo did not mean to say New York state was ahead of other states that already legalized recreational marijuana, a spokesperson said. He meant that the Department of Health study would put New York state ahead of others in responding to the federal government’s new position on state marijuana laws.

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BAY CITY, MI — Bay City seems to be paving the way for a new blaze of marijuana-related business opportunities.

Two applications for marijuana provisioning centers were on the agenda for Monday night’s Bay City Commission meeting held on April 16. One application was approved, while the other was sent back to city staff for further investigation.

The approved application was for a provisioning center located at 710 Livingston St. The building, a former Long John Silver’s restaurant, will be the first of the 25 provisioning centers the ordinance allows in the city.

Medical marijuana dispensaries start opening across Bay County

In December 2017, the city commissioners approved an ordinance to allow medical marijuana facilities to operate within the city limits of Bay City.

As of Monday, April 16, Bay County has received 13 applications for provisioning centers and one application for a grow/process facility, according to the county clerk.

Paula Givens, a cannabis compliance and licensing attorney, is representing GS Bay City, a group of Michigan business owners who are describing their approved provisioning center at the Livingston Street location as a “high-end retail medical cannabis business.”

“Our proposed location will be a more pharmaceutical style to honor the medicine, and we hope to source our contacts within the cannabis industry here and with our other licenses to bring high-quality cannabis,” Givens said.

Scottie Denha, one of the four businessmen who own the building, said the 3,000 square foot facility is expected to bring 15-20 jobs.

Denha and his business partners are based in Royal Oak. He said they were drawn to start their business in Bay City because it was one of the first cities in the state to opt in to the Medical Marijuana Act.

The businessman said the group is investing $500,000 into the business and plan to

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Ann Arbor is temporarily halting new medical marijuana dispensaries after more than 30 recently applied for permits to operate in the city.

The Ann Arbor News reports that the city council voted unanimously Monday to impose a 60-day moratorium on issuing new permits as it considers limiting the number of dispensaries allowed in the city. Dispensaries that have already received zoning approval or that have applications currently under consideration will be exempt.

City officials say the high interest in setting up dispensaries warrants taking time to review the city’s regulations. Council members cited concern over the effect medical marijuana facilities could have on the community over time.

Since the enactment of new regulations for marijuana businesses in February, the city has received more than 30 dispensary applications, some from existing dispensaries seeking to become official under the new laws and some new ones looking to set up shop.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that petitioners in Leoni Township are also calling for a moratorium on medical marijuana application approvals until the effects and environmental impact are thoroughly examined.

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It may not have significance for everybody, but for some folks April 20 is a really big deal.

So what’s so special about that date? For the uninitiated, it’s commonly referred to as “4/20,” a holiday for marijuana consumers.

The day — or for that matter the entire weekend — will be celebrated in Riverview with Blvnt Force’s annual Green Party at the Michigan Medical Marijuana Expo, which kicks off Friday and ends Monday at Rocky’s Pub, 12850 Sibley Road. The scheduled times are from noon to 2 a.m. each day.

According to PotGuide.com, the event will offer participants opportunities to network and will include vendors, dispensaries, legal experts, gardening experts, music, drink specials and more.

The Miss Mary Jane Pageant will offer cash and prizes for contestants who are least 18 years old.

Other points of interest at the expo include stoner trivia, speed dating for those who are cannabis accepting, and a Cheech & Chong look-alike contest. Green attire is encouraged.

According to the website, organizers are making sure they’re “100 percent compliant with all laws and regulations to ensure a safe and responsible event.”

Weekend passes are listed at $25, as an early bird special; and $30 at the event.

Of course, there will be many others celebrating 4/20 in their own way.

LendEDU ran a survey of 1,001 adult Americans who intend on consuming marijuana this Friday. Some of the survey’s findings include these statistics:

●The average 4/20 marijuana consumer plans to spend a total of $146.12 celebrating the holiday, with $71.35 of that going toward actual marijuana, $40.34 going toward “munchies,” and $34.43 going toward new paraphernalia.

●About 35 percent of respondents are planning to take off work April 20 to celebrate, while 41.8 percent are still going to work,

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Houghton City Manager Eric Waara, left, and Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson talk during a Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting Wednesday.

HANCOCK — Houghton and Hancock are among many Michigan municipalities attempting to decide whether to opt-in to medical marijuana.

About 2 percent of the population statewide has medical marijuana cards — about 730 in Houghton County, Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson said at last week’s Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting.

There had been four provisioning centers in Houghton County, which has declined to two, in Houghton and Portage Township.

Opening a provisioning center now requires capitalization of $300,000, all of which much be traced, Anderson said.

Only the value of 15 ounces of usable marijuana can be counted as inventory and used in the capitalization.

“It’s weeded out a lot of operators in the state,” Anderson said. “The flip side is, if you get into the business, you’d better be well-capitalized and know what you’re getting into.”

The federal government has been taking a harsher stance against marijuana. Both cities received a letter from the Department of Agriculture saying future grants would depend on the cities attesting they did not support marijuana.

“Does that mean if you opt-in…you are violating federal law and would not be eligible for federal grants?” Anderson said.

Houghton has had a medical marijuana ordinance for the past decade, said City Manager Eric Waara. The city is preparing an update to its five-year master plan. Houghton, as with other municipalities in the state, has been lobbied by cannabis groups seeking to help write an updated ordinance.

“There’s an entire industry out there right now of people who are just selling compliance software for the cannabis industry,” he said. “It’s big business. It’s going to be bigger business as things go along.”

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The American Midwest is the next frontier for cannabis legalization. Michigan is going to vote on adult-use legalization this November (barring a major unforeseen circumstance), and is already home to one of the largest medical cannabis industries in the nation.

If Michigan legalizes cannabis in November, which polling strongly suggests that it will, it will hopefully be a domino in the area that falls and speeds up the process of reform in other states in the area. Some states already have medical cannabis laws in the area, and others are exploring the idea. As such, the Midwest is heating up from a cannabis industry standpoint.

That’s why the National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) Midwest Quarterly Cannabis Caucus is so timely. The event is taking place tomorrow in Michigan. Tickets can be purchased at this link here. Below is more information about the event via its Facebook event page:

Join us in Ann Arbor for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, drinks (cash bar), B2B networking and exclusive insights about federal and regional policies that impact your business.

This event will sell out, so register as soon as possible! Registration is complimentary for NCIA members and only $50 for non-members.

The cannabis industry is booming, but federal policy is uncertain. As the only national trade association for the cannabis industry, NCIA’s mission is to protect your interests as a business serving the industry. That’s why we need you to join the national movement for federal cannabis policy reform. To find out more about membership, contact [email protected]

To find out how your business can reach thousands of cannabis business professionals, contact us at [email protected]

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6:30 PM – Registration Opens
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Open Networking
7:30 PM – 7:35 PM – Organizational Update – Jon Dinh, Membership Manager, National Cannabis Industry Association
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