Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Kicking Off the Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot Program Governor Whitmer just launched an Ag pilot program for farmers interested in growing industrial hemp. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, this program is meant for research purposes. Moreover, Interested participants can submit applications to The Michigan Department of Agriculture…
GOVERNOR WHITTMER ABOLISHES THE MARIJUANA LICENSING BOARD In her second major executive action in her brief term regarding marijuana regulation in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-7 which abolished the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board, established the Marijuana Regulatory Agency and transferring the regulation of industrial hemp to the Department of Agriculture. These actions…
How Michigan Municipalities Can Eliminate the Black Market In addition to deciding whether to prohibit licensed facilities under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) and the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA), municipalities must also make the important decision whether to allow the black market to continue to thrive. The decisions are…
Mere weeks after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp across the country, Michigan legislature passed a series of bills to create a framework for the industrial hemp industry within the state. As we discussed in our post on The 2018 Farm Bill’s Impact on Industrial Hemp and CBD Products  all forms…
In one of the last actions taken by the Michigan Legislature in 2018, the state passed Senate Bill No. 1262 and 1263 to amend the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). The amendments were signed by outgoing Governor Rick Snyder on December 28, 2018 and went into effect on January 1, 2019.   Definition of…
Last month we talked about Drug-Free Workplace Policies After Legalization and discussed the evolving landscape of workplace policies after cannabis was legalized in Michigan.  Many private employers are now considering whether revise their employee handbooks and drug testing policies, and if so, what those changes may look like. But what if you are a cannabusiness? …
Roughly every five years, Congress passes a package of legislation known as the Farm Bill. Farm Bills generally touch on several aspects of our agricultural economy, including trade, commodity pricing, crop insurance, conservation, development, research, forestry, energy, and many more. On December 12, 2018, Congress passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, the 2018 Farm…
Its an issue that every HR representative and businessperson is facing in a Michigan workspace – what do we do about employee drug testing after legalization of marijuana?  Can I still test or be tested for marijuana?  Can an employer terminate an employee for consuming cannabis even if it is legal?  Is the law different…
It has been one of the most frequently asked questions since Proposal 1 passed: “How much marijuana can I have now?” The answer depends on your individual status, the type of product/amount in your possession, and your location. Now that the use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis in Michigan has been legalized for adults over…
With the passing of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA) aka Proposal 1, there is a brand new and quite revolutionary set of laws which govern marijuana activities. They are quite different than what we are used to and it will take some time to get accustomed. Nevertheless, they are important to…