Recreational marijuana, approved by voters in November, has a long way to go before it takes effect in December. A Spartan Newsroom project tells stories about the legal, financial, supply and health dimensions of the issue. This special report includes videos, graphics and stories that explain the the bumps in the road ahead to legal recreational marijuana.
Planning Commission recommends a limit of overlay districts and permits for medical marijuana facilities
The Meridian Township Planning Commission recommended a limit of overlay districts and permits for medical marijuana facilities in Meridian Township to the Township Board at the March 25 meeting.
Several Meridian township residents wrote emails and letters to the joint meeting with the Township and the Planning Commission on March 12 voicing both sides of the medical marijuana issue; these messages were placed in the latest Township Board meeting packet.
The Michigan Cannabis Business Development Group hosted The Michigan Hemp Conference on Sunday March 17 in downtown Lansing. The Michigan Hemp Conference analyzed new state and federal laws surrounding licensing, processing, distribution and medicine.
Two Michigan universities pilot cannabis curriculums; other universities and farm educators yet to show interest
By ZARIA PHILLIPS
Capital News Service
LANSING — Last week Lake Superior State University (LSSU) approved a business-centered “cannabis curriculum.”
That comes in the wake of Michigan’s fall ballot proposal that legalizes recreational marijuana and is in addition to the school’s cannabis chemistry degree program announced in January. Northern Michigan University started a medicinal cannabis degree program in 2017. So far, no other Michigan universities have expressed similar interest, said Dan Hurley, the chief executive officer for the Michigan Association of State Universities. But Lake Superior students are interested. “We ran a special topics chemistry course last spring and we got about 40-plus students to enroll despite the steep science prerequisite course requirement including organic chemistry,” said David Myton, the associate provost and interim dean of the college of science and the environment at Lake Superior State University.
The Meridian Township Planning Commission on Feb. 25 kept in mind the best interests of residents as it debated proposals to rezone and redefine boundaries for proposed medical marijuana facilities.
Eastside Fish Fry and Grill has been a staple in the Lansing area for seven years now. They sold 18,000 chicken wings during the Super Bowl and owner Henry Meyer says they sell 2,500 wings a day. But Meyer’s path wasn’t always clear to him and he had to go through some hardships to get to where he is today. “Nobody took a chance on me nobody would hire me,” said Meyer. “I was having a hard time finding a job.”
And now, he’s paying it forward.
The Mason City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits marihuana facilities. Some said it is what’s best for the city while others would like to consider the economic benefits.