April 19 2017
To build support for legalization and discourage locales from restricting marijuana businesses, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act is studded with sweeteners — an array of fees...
Lansing’s reefer madness approach shortsighted as state moves rapidly toward legalization
April 19 2017
Politicians are trying to balance the future against constituents with a reefer madness mentality who would kill the marijuana business in Lansing if they could. Our likely future mayor, Andy Schor, has...
April 19 2017
The new attorney general of the United States, Jeff Sessions, recently declared that marijuana was “only slightly less awful” than heroin
April 19 2017
Undaunted by failure in 2016, advocates see 2018 as the year Michigan will legalize adult-use of marijuana. There is money behind the initiative, momentum from other states that have ended pot prohibition,...
April 19 2017
Lansing isn't one of them. For a city that sees itself as progressive, Lansing is weighing rules and regulations that will decimate its fledgling medical marijuana industry. Of 62 medical marijuana dispensaries...
April 19 2017
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero may as well be called Mayorajuana, given his outspoken support for legalization — even though he claims never to have had even a puff. Bernero’s policy has been to...
Council approves new law regulating home pot growing
Feb. 15 2017
In an action that will have ramifications for home growers of medical marijuana, the Lansing City Council has approved an ordinance regulating odor and electrical use
Landlords can regulate use in their properties
Jan. 18 2017
It’s been a recurring problem. Over the last several months, Donald Cuthbert has awakened to the smell of marijuana permeating his home from his neighbor’s property
Lansing should nurture, not discourage, billion-dollar marijuana industry
Nov. 30 2016
There's a great adage in baseball: Better to trade a year too early than a year too late
City wants mandatory home inspections for high energy users
Nov. 23 2016
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposal aimed at regulating homegrown marijuana raises legal concerns and may even be unconstitutional, critics say
Regulations will give big business control of Michigan’s marijuana industry
Oct. 12 2016
For decades, marijuana has been illegal, hidden in a black market and distributed clandestinely, often with criminal overtones. Now, and rapidly, it is emerging from back alleys into the daylight through...
Testing for potency, toxins and bacteria will be required
Oct. 12 2016
Inside a nondescript building near a busy intersection on the city’s southeast side sits the only lab conducting medical marijuana testing in Lansing today
Oct. 12 2016
As marijuana moves into the mainstream, with new business emerging and complex rules and regulations, here is what you need to know
Medpot shops would close if city ordinance passes
Aug. 10 2016
Lansing is considering a medical marijuana ordinance so sweeping in scope, so punitive in intent that it threatens to destroy the caregiver businesses that have found refuge in the city
City's proposed marijuana law would cripple dispensaries
Aug. 3 2016
Lansing has an estimated 70 marijuana-oriented businesses scattered throughout the city. In just a few months, many of them could disappear
City attorney takes harder line than Bernero
July 6 2016
An already complicated battle over Lansing’s medical marijuana industry has gotten even more controversial with the appointment of James Smiertka as the new Lansing city attorney
Lansing City Council plans dispensary moratorium; licensing provisions likely
May 11 2016
Lansing's City Council is poised to approve a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries in the city Thursday. It’s the first step towards regulating the businesses and, some residents and...
Medical marijuana expo comes to South Lansing
April 27 2016
Medical marijuana users will descend on the Causeway Bay hotel this weekend, but its attendees have one request: Don’t call it a stoner convention
April 20 2016
The majority of Michiganians support legalizing the recreation use of marijuana, says polling by EPIC MRA. In 2015, those for it numbered 53 percent — up from 50 percent the year before and 47 percent...
Lansing, state officials wrestle with regulating medical marijuana dispensaries
April 20 2016
Despite being ruled illegal under Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act, dozens of provisioning centers have opened across Lansing in the last year, adding to the score or more that already existed

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