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The dean of Michigan State University’s school of osteopathy, who supervised former sports Dr. Larry Nassar, is stepping down. Lawsuits filed against the university by alleged victims and their families say William Strampel and other MSU officials ignored warnings that Nassar was a predator. MSU says Strampel is resigning as dean for “medical reasons” and will remain on the faculty.

This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about whether we’ll see more stories like this from MSU in the coming weeks and months.

Listen to the conversation.

They also talk about state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s opinion on how long public agencies have to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests, the state’s new application process for people who want to get into the medical marijuana business, and an anti-gerrymandering proposal that’s a big step closer to getting on Michigan’s 2018 ballot.

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Published: Dec 15th, 2017 – 11:46am (EST)

Updated: Dec 15th, 2017 – 11:47am (EST)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has declined a $150,000 raise as school officials face criticism for their handling of an ex-campus doctor who sexually assaulted many young gymnasts.

Simon rejected the raise Friday at a Board of Regents meeting attended by victims of Larry Nassar. He pleaded guilty last month to molesting girls at his campus office and elsewhere. Simon and the board agreed to put the money in a scholarship fund and create a $10 million fund for mental health services for sexual assault survivors.

She says officials “extend our deepest sorrows and sadness for what has happened to each of you.”

Victims and others in attendance argued Simon and other leaders should resign for failing to protect victims for decades. They also want an independent investigation.

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More than 18,000 people and 678 vendors gathered in Las Vegas for the MJBizCon, a conference all about the cannabis industry. Wochit

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Garrett Shireman departmental analyst for Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulations waits for people to arrive for Medical Marijuana facility license applications at the Ottawa Building in Lansing on Friday, December 15, 2017.(Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo

LANSING — On a frigid, snowy December morning nearly 10 years after medical marijuana became legal in Michigan, the fully regulated business officially started.

The day started with a whimper, rather than the bang state regulators had prepared for. Two hours after the doors opened at the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, only two people had shown up to turn in their applications for medical marijuana licenses.

Only two Michigan State Police officers stood on guard outside, waiting along the stanchions and red velvet ropes that formed a line for a crush of people that didn’t show up.

Online was a different story, 29 people logged into the system between 12:01 a.m. when it went live to 8 a.m. Friday, 15 people submitted at least some of the documents required to apply for a medical marijuana license and three of those people turned in completed applications and paid the $6,000 fee.

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Dan Madigan, an Ann Arbor resident, was the first to show up, hoping to make the transition from a caregiver who has been supplying clients — mostly veterans with ailments like post traumatic stress disorder and cancer — with marijuana to a Class A grower

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Teen use of marijuana remains high and vaping appears to be one reason, a new U.S. survey shows.

One in 10 high school seniors said they had vaped marijuana at least once in the past year. It was the first time the annual survey asked about marijuana vaping and “it’s much higher than I expected,” said Richard Miech, the University of Michigan researcher who leads the study.

For years, teen marijuana use in the U.S. has been seen as relatively flat. Some experts have been expecting it to rise as states loosened marijuana laws, more adults used it and fewer kids considered marijuana harmful.

This year’s survey showed marijuana use was up overall about 1 percent, with nearly a quarter saying they’d vaped, smoked or eaten marijuana in the previous year. Included in the survey: about 45,000 students in grades 8, 10 and 12 in schools across the country.

Marijuana use was significantly higher than cigarette smoking. About 5 percent of teens said they’d smoked in the last 30 days, compared to nearly 15 percent who said they’d used marijuana.

The results released Thursday also show that the use of cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs continues to decline overall, to the lowest levels seen in the 43 years of the survey.

Vaporizers, including electronic cigarettes, are used with a wide assortment of liquids, including oils that contain the active ingredients of marijuana. The oil is heated to create a vapor that is inhaled.

It’s becoming very popular, said Chris McAboy, co-owner of The Novel Tree, a marijuana retail shop in Bellevue, Washington, where recreational sales to adults is legal.

“They’re extremely discreet and they’re very convenient” and aren’t as messy or smelly as traditional joints, he said.

Experts say vaping marijuana is probably less harmful to the lungs

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The state accepts the first applications for people who want to get into the medical marijuana business starting tomorrow. The licenses will allow businesses to legally grow, process, transport, or sell marijuana to patients who have medical marijuana cards. 

David Harnz works for the Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board.  He says it will take three or four months to process the applications.

“The department will go through them and make sure everything’s in order, and then the investigations will start happening, the background checks and those types of things,” said Harnz. “Once we get to the end and everything’s in order, we’ll present it to the board for approval or denial.” 

Harnz says existing dispensaries will not have to shut down while their applications are processed. But he says there’s no guarantee they’ll be issued a license to operate by the board.

“It’s going to make the medical marijuana industry here much safer,” he said. “There will be checks and balances throughout the process. Each medical marijuana product that goes to sale will be tested at least twice.”

License-seekers will have to pass a background check, and show they have finances and a business plan. Harns says the board expects to issue the first licenses in April. 

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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CanniMed Therapeutics Inc., (TSX: CMED) (“CanniMed”) through its wholly owned subsidiary SubTerra LLC (“The Company”), has received municipal approval from Carp Lake Township, Michigan, to apply for State of Michigan licenses for both the production and processing of medical cannabis.

The Company intends to submit an application for a Class C Grower License as well as a Processor License to the State of Michigan on or about the opening of the application period, December 15, 2017. Upon receipt of the State Licenses, it is the Company’s intention to apply for Federal approval to conduct medical cannabis research through the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

“Municipal approval is the first milestone to further our pursuit of producing medical cannabis in the United States,” said Brent Zettl, President and CEO, CanniMed. “Our biosecure SubTerra underground facility can scale extremely quickly as a result of its unique, patented infrastructure in the subterranean environment. We have been working diligently towards this goal for the last number of years and are confident that we will bring our 17 years of quality medical cannabis cultivation experience to SubTerra’s Michigan facility.”

SubTerra LLC is a plant-based pharmaceutical manufacturer located in White Pine, Michigan committed to the production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), such as high value proteins and phytochemicals. SubTerra is unique in that all crops are grown in a patented, biosecure underground environment, resulting in a number of key benefits:

Controlled environment: conditions within the growth chambers are completely controlled through automation of lights, cooling, and water. SubTerra crops are afforded uninterrupted growing cycles, resulting in maximal product yields on a continuous basis Rapid growth potential: As a result of the controlled environment, plants grow better in biosecure underground facilities than in fields or greenhouses Growing excellence:

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Local officials are beginning to decide if they want medical marijuana businesses in their communities before the state starts giving out licenses next year. Wochit

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LANSING — The doors at the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will open at 8 a.m. Friday to begin accepting applications and fees from people who want to get a license for the lucrative medical marijuana business.

The department also will accept license applications online, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, accompanied with the $6,000 application fee that can be paid via credit card or electronic check.

And potential medical marijuana entrepreneurs can also use the old-fashioned, snail mail option and send their applications and fee to the Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, Marijuana Facility Licensing, PO Box 30205, Lansing MI 48909.

But if the applications are postmarked before Dec. 15, they will be rejected by the state and sent back.

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For people who want to turn in their applications in person on Friday at the state Licensing and Regulatory Affairs office at 611 Ottawa in Lansing,  the state will accept cash, check, money orders or credit cards to pay the $6,000 application fee. While banks may balk at dealing with marijuana businesses down the line because that could jeopardize their standing with the federal government, which still views marijuana as an illegal drug, checks for the initial application fees won’t be a problem.

The state will be accepting applications for five categories of medical marijuana licenses: grower, processor, testing facility, secure transporter and dispensary. The Bureau of Medical Marijuana Licensing is expected to begin awarding licenses

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LANSING, MICH. – As the state prepares to begin accepting license applications from people who want to grow and sell medical marijuana, legislation has advanced that would require  warning labels on marijuana products.

The state House on Wednesday approved a bill requiring marijuana products to carry a warning that use by pregnant or breastfeeding women may result in birth complications or negative long-term effects for the child.

House Bill 5222 was approved by a 104 to 6 vote; it now advances to the state Senate for consideration.

On Friday, the state will begin accepting license applications from people who want to start a medical marijuana business. Applications are being accepted from people who want to grow, process, sell, transport or test marijuana.

Providing a warning label on marijuana products is necessary because women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may use marijuana to treat such conditions as morning sickness, said state Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, who sponsored the bill.

“We’re seeing more and more marijuana use by pregnant women, despite multiple studies finding its use is harmful for children,’’ he said. “Marijuana, alcohol and tobacco use can lead to low birth rate and certain developmental disabilities in newborns. We should label marijuana to remind pregnant mothers of the risks.’’

Under the bill, the health warning would be printed in clearly legible type, surrounded by a continuous heavy line.

Research provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists indicates the potential for harm to the developing brain, according to a legislative analysis of the bill.

“Some studies show that children exposed to marijuana before birth had ‘lower scores on tests of visual problem solving, visual-motor coordination and visual analysis’ than children who were not exposed,’’ according to a report from the House Fiscal Agency.


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Posted December 13, 2017 at 03:36 PM | Updated December 13, 2017 at 03:37 PM


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SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN –  Will an influx of medical marijuana businesses bring new tax revenue, investment and jobs to Southwest Michigan?

Some communities are betting on it. Others would rather wait to welcome entrepreneurs eager to cash in on the growing medical marijuana industry, emboldened by state laws that regulate five types of facilities, or keep them out altogether.

Starting Friday, people can apply for medical marijuana facilities licenses with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs – but only in municipalities that passed ordinances allowing the facilities to open.

Each community in the state was confronted with the issue during the course of this year.

Keep reading to find out what some of the largest municipalities in Southwest Michigan decided. 

Michigan residents can open five types of facilities

Under the new laws, applications for one of five licenses can be filed starting Dec. 15 — 360 days after the facilities licensing act went into effect on Dec. 20, 2016.

The law protects people who have obtained a license from the state from criminal penalties under state and local law. The law defines who can apply for a license and places restrictions on each type of facility.

The five types of facility licenses include:

Growers (cultivate, dry, trim or cure and package marijuana for sale elsewhere) Processors (refine the product into concentrates and edibles) Safety compliance facilities (which test the product for potency and contamination) Secure transporters (transport the product between facilities) Provisioning Centers (sell marijuana products to patiets; also called dispensaries)

Three percent of medical marijuana retail sales will be taxed and distributed to local units

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KINGSLEY, MI — TheraCann USA Benchmark has abandoned plans to build a $20 million medical marijuana plant in Kingsley.

Richard Goodman, president of TheraCann USA, confirmed the decision on Wednesday, Dec. 13. He cited a variety of reasons for the decision, most notably the time it was taking to finalize plans and concerns over investment and management costs. 

A notice issued last month by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs that clarified that a single person or company may stack Class C licenses also influenced the decision, Goodman said. Class C licences allow a single holder to possess up to 1,500 plants. 

LARA issued the following statement in regard to the clarification:

“Nearly three months ago – on September 28, 2017 – LARA issued an advisory bulletin which clarified our intention to allow a potential licensee to be granted multiple (“stacked”) class C grow licenses in a single location. This was not a change in policy but rather a clarification of current state law.”

The Kingsley plant proposal was created before the LARA clarification and even though that didn’t change Michigan’s laws on marijuana licensing, it convinced the  company that a change in direction was needed. 

TheraCann had been considering whether it may have made sense for it to manage individual growers housed in a central location, even though they would essentially be their competitors.  The company ultimately decided against that. 

“That just doesn’t make sense,” Goodman said. “In other states, that situation has gotten nasty. For our own standards, a wholly-owned facility where we can maintain quality is ideal.”

Michigan’s marijuana policies would allow something like that to take place, a LARA spokesman confirmed. LARA will begin accepting applications for medical marijuana facility licenses on Friday, Dec. 15. 

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