The state looks to finalize licensing businesses for medical marijuana. The GOP candidates for governor say they don’t want recreational pot legal in Michigan. Kalamazoo College names a new athletic director. WMU faces elimination from the MAC softball tournament.
A state board is stepping up its efforts to finalize business licenses to grow, transport, test, and sell medical marijuana. The Michigan medical marijuana licensing board added three meetings to its schedule between now and the end of the year. Part of the bottleneck has been the slow pace of completing background checks. David Harns with the state medical marijuana agency says some of the applications require delving into thousands of pages of financial information, and deal with companies that plan to employ dozens of people. He says at least some applications will be completed in time to meet the June 15th deadline to approve the first round of licenses.
Marijuana was a topic during last night’s Republican gubernatorial debate in Grand Rapids. All of the GOP candidates for governor say they oppose legalizing marijuana in Michigan. But each said they would respect the will of the voters if the question is approved in November. The Legislature also has the option of adopting the petition initiative before it goes to the ballot. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley was the only candidate to say he supports Michigan’s medical marijuana law. Attorney General Bill Schuette, State Senator Patrick Colbeck and Doctor Jim Hines were also part of the first debate to include all four Republicans running for governor. The debate was hosted by WOOD TV in Grand Rapids.
A new study says term limits in Michigan have not lived up to promises made when voters approved them 25 years ago. Wayne State University conducted the study for the Citizens Research Council. It’s president, Eric Lupher,