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Ex-Surgeon General, SAMHSA Director Call for Federal Legalization

A newly formed group of physicians that include former US Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders and former director of the US Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Westley Clark believe “organized medicine” should be open to federally legalizing and regulating cannabis.

Elders and Clark co-authored an editorial published online recently in the American Journal of Public Health on behalf of the new group, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. David Nathan, the group’s board president and a New Jersey-based psychiatrist, also contributed to the editorial.

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The editorial’s publication marks the first time “a major American medical journal has ever run a pro-marijuana opinion by an organization of prominent physicians,” according to a press release issued by the group.

In the piece, Elders, Clark, and Nathan called on professional medical groups—including powerful advocacy associations like the American Medical Association and American Academy of Pediatrics—to take  several actions regarding cannabis.

First, support the federal legalization and regulation of cannabis for adults.

“The government should oversee all cannabis production, testing, distribution, and sales,” the authors wrote. “Cannabis products should be labeled with significant detail,” including CBD and THC levels, other ingredients, and dosing instructions.

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“We need to make sure this drug is regulated properly,” David Nathan said in an interview with Leafly.

Second, the group wants medical groups to lobby Congress and state lawmakers.

“We cannot abstain from the discussion,” the authors wrote. “The cannabis industry now advises lawmakers on cannabis regulation, and doctors must do so as well.”

“So far a lot of organized medicine has turned away, sticking to the dogma and pseudo-science of the 1930’s that got us to where we are now” Nathan said. “We are trying to break the stigma of speaking out in favor of legalization, and convincing other doctors you don’t have to be pro-marijuana to oppose its prohibition.”

“If nothing else, it would be important for these organizations to not oppose legalization.”

The group also suggested taking specific federal regulatory actions, including restrictions on marketing to minors, child-resistant packaging, as well as punishment for adults distributing to minors. These are all current features of state-regulated cannabis systems in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and other adult-legal venues.

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The authors also called for taxation to fund research, education, prevention and substance abuse treatment. Those programs, they wrote, “should include public information for adults on the use and misuse of cannabis, and youth programs that emphasize the risks of underage cannabis use.”

“Prohibition sends the message that marijuana is dangerous for everyone, because it is illegal for everyone,” they wrote, “and children know that it is not true.”

“If we want our children to believe us when we say that cannabis can be harmful for them, our laws should reflect the difference in health effects of underage and adult use.”

They added that it’s high time for change. “The unjust prohibition of marijuana has done more damage to public health than has marijuana itself…The prohibition of alcohol was a success compared with our war on marijuana.”

“Fundamentally,” said Nathan, “prohibition was always a bad idea.”

Elders and other leaders formally launched the group last year to help doctors advocate against prohibition and for legal regulation. They publicly lobbied the National Football League to allow players to consume cannabis. Many former players have acknowledged the use of cannabis as a common practice to manage the pain that comes from playing one of the world’s most violent collision sports.

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Former NFL player Eugene Monroe serves as the group’s ambassador to the sports world.

Clark and Elders are both honorary board members. Last year Elders, Surgeon General under President Bill Clinton from 1993-1994, endorsed a proposal to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.

Clark led the treatment center for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) from 1998-2014.

The group pitched their editorial to the American Journal of Public Health—as opposed to, say, The New York Times—because “we really needed to reach doctors in a very direct way,” Nathan said, “and in a way that physicians will respect and relate to.”

“Doctors for Cannabis Regulation is on the right side of history,” he added. “We are right and we know we are right.”

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West Virginia Wants Your Thoughts on Medical Marijuana

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials have released an online survey for people interested in obtaining medical marijuana.

A Department of Health & Human Resources news release says the survey results will be shared with the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board in December.

State Health Officer Dr. Rahul Gupta says the non-scientific, anonymous survey will provide insight about potential patient demographics, where they seek care and what conditions they are looking to treat.

Taking the survey doesn’t sign someone up for the program.

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Gov. Jim Justice signed the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act in April after lawmakers passed it earlier in the month.

It permits doctors to recommend marijuana be used for medicinal purposes and establishes a regulatory system. No patient or caregiver ID cards will be issued until July 2019.


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Undercover Agents Arrest San Diego Cannabis Delivery Drivers

San Diego area cannabis-delivery services went on lockdown this week following a law enforcement sting on local delivery operations that put at least six drivers behind bars.

The sting took place during the night of Thursday, Oct. 12, in Santee, a 16-square-mile city in San Diego County. Authorities seized 12.76 pounds of cannabis and arrested six drivers, each from a different delivery operation, according to a statement from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

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To nab the delivery drivers, deputies posed as patients and, through an unidentified website, placed orders for marijuana to be delivered to the Carlton Oaks Country Club. When the unsuspecting drivers showed up with the products, they were arrested and charged with misdemeanors for violating Santee’s municipal code.

“We were very surprised that the county chose to go after delivery this hard first.”

Elizabeth Wilhelm, San Diego Cannabis Delivery Alliance

Commercial cannabis activity of any kind is currently illegal in San Diego County—a fact not disputed by the San Diego Cannabis Delivery Alliance, an association that advocates for standalone delivery services. But the manner in which sheriffs’ conducted the operation, the group’s president told Leafly, has already caused issues for businesses and patients seeking safe access to medicine.

“We’re recommending to everyone in San Diego right now … to not accept new patients while these sting operations are going on,” Elizabeth Wilhelm said. As for customers, she added, “they’re not going to have as much access. It’s going to be greatly, greatly diminished.”

Wilhelm claims that undercover officers in the sting entrapped the delivery drivers, garnering their trust by providing all the documentation needed for a legal medical marijuana delivery, such as including a valid California ID and a doctor’s recommendation for cannabis. The amounts ordered by the decoy customers were paltry, she said, and all the orders were consistent with reasonable, personal use.

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In a statement, she noted that delivery services fill a niche in neighborhoods that decide not to allow storefront medical cannabis sales.

“We understand that not every community needs or wants dispensaries, or other cannabis activities, but every community has medical marijuana patients who deserve safe and private access at their homes or businesses,” the statement said.

Wilhelm also said she was surprised to see officials targeting delivery operations rather than storefront dispensaries themselves. San Diego County has “really let illegal dispensaries proliferate,” she said. While the delivery drivers were arrested with relatively small amounts of cannabis, nearby dispensaries—also prohibited by law—often operate unimpeded, selling to hundreds of patients per day.

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“We were very surprised that the county chose to go after delivery this hard first,” Wilhelm said.

Wilhelm contested the sheriff’s department’s characterization of the sting, alleging that seven, not six, drivers were arrested and that one person reported having their car impounded. Sheriff’s Department officials, however, said that no vehicles were impounded and, contrary to some media reports, no phones were confiscated.

Prior to the sting, the Santee Station in San Diego County had received complaints related to the sale marijuana products, according to a statement from the sheriff’s department. Over the six months preceding the undercover operation, the department said, the area had seen a “noticeable increase in violent crime associated with the sales of marijuana,” including carjackings, shootings, and robberies.

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“If we don’t have illegal deliveries and sales sites in Santee and Lakeside then they can’t be robbed,” Capt. Hank Turner told Leafly via email. “Robbery is up substantially in San Diego County this year. This is one strategy out of half a dozen we are using.”

Wilhelm, of the delivery alliance, called that explanation “the craziest thing” she had ever heard. “I’ve never received a phone call from a delivery operator saying they had been carjacked,” she said, “nor have I received a call from anyone about being involved in a robbery.”

“Santee is known for its known opioid and methamphetamine epidemic. It’s been known for that for over 30 years,” Wilhelm said. Instead of targeting medical marijuana patients who are desperate for safe access to cannabis, the San Diego sheriffs should be funneling their resources towards fighting pharmaceutical and heroin use in East San Diego County cities like Santee.

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While law enforcement often claims a connection between cannabis operation and violent crime, the relationship is a complicated one. Skeptics note that cannabis businesses generally don’t have access to banking services and thus handle considerable amounts of cash—which in itself can be alluring to criminals. And a recent study out of USC and UC Irvine business schools found that closing dispensaries correlated with an increase in crime.

This sting was the first time law enforcement conducted an operation of this kind in Santee and was intended to curb illegal marijuana deliveries in the area, Turner said. And though such stings may be unfamiliar in Santee, they’ve been used by law enforcement to target illegal marijuana operations elsewhere. Last year in Seattle, for example, police orchestrated a string of stings in which they ordered cannabis delivered to a motel room. At the time, critics noted that the punishments affected primarily low-level drivers, not the illegal delivery services themselves.

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A few years earlier, in California’s Santa Clara County, nearly two dozen people were arrested on felony charges for illegally delivering marijuana, and a narcotics task force seized more than 25 pounds of cannabis products.

Turner would not comment on which delivery companies were targeted or what services were used to place the orders. Wilhelm, for her part, believes that information is being withheld in part because the department plans to continue the stings going forward.


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What Makes a Medical Cannabis Program Succeed?

The Significance of Smokeables

Most cannabis patients are accustomed to smoking or vaporizing raw cannabis, but not every state medical marijuana program allows for the sale of flower. As can be seen in the table above, states that prohibit the sale of cannabis flower have the lowest patient-to-population ratios.

Despite recently adding new qualifying conditions, New York and Minnesota permit only cannabis oils, topicals, concentrate pens, and other non-smokable products. In Pennsylvania, smoking or dispensing cannabis in “dry leaf” form is also currently prohibited—but provisions exist in the law to ease that restriction upon a recommendation from the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. Without the ability to purchase medical cannabis flower, it is questionable that enough patients will register to make the program successful.

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The Importance of Access Points

Finally, investors and entrepreneurs must consider the number and distribution of dispensaries in a state. Although it might seem advantageous to be one of just a handful of dispensaries, limited access can backfire as a business model. If obtaining medical cannabis requires two hours of driving and waiting in line, for example, patients could be discouraged and end up making infrequent purchases, buying from illegal sources, or simply avoiding cannabis as treatment altogether.

While it’s clear numbers matter, the precise number of dispensaries needed for a market to succeed is less clear. States such as Colorado and Oregon have hundreds of dispensaries and are two of the most successful markets in the country. But it’s a complicated relationship: Nevada has only about 55 dispensaries and Illinois has 53—but the Silver State is considered a vibrant market while the Land of Lincoln struggles.

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The difference between those two markets likely results from the inclusion of chronic pain as a qualifying condition in Nevada, as well as the concentrated population centers of Las Vegas and Reno having easy access to dispensaries.

Too few dispensaries and a market simply stagnates. In Massachusetts, despite an inclusive set of qualifying conditions and an embrace of other factors needed to be successful (such as smokeable flower), the medical market has had trouble attracting patients because there are currently only a dozen dispensaries. That’s about one dispensary per 560,000 state residents. And until recently, none offered delivery services to more remote regions of the state.

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Cannabis markets are complex. Each one is unique. For a business to be successful and for a state market to be sustainable, stakeholders must consider multiple factors. The types of products and qualifying conditions included in the program are questions of greater relevance and importance than the size of the state’s population. And if the law is suboptimal, how hard and long will it take to improve the program? Are legislative changes needed to make it successful, or just regulatory adjustments? Most importantly, does the medical cannabis program offer enough benefits to attract the types of patients that drive a successful market?

With the right set of conditions, a medical marijuana market will drive hundreds of millions in cannabis sales each year and allow access to patients who need it. But in the wrong regulatory scheme, a cannabis license could end up being little more than an expensive trophy.

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Medical Marijuana Grower Gets Green Light in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A licensed grower and processor of medical marijuana in northwestern Pennsylvania became the first with the state’s approval to begin planting seeds Tuesday.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said the Department of Health approved Cresco Yeltrah’s operations at its Jefferson County location, a former carbon graphite and metal graphite factory in Brookville that closed four years ago.

Tuesday’s approval makes the 40,000-plus-square-foot facility the first to be deemed fully operational in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program, which Wolf’s administration expects to start selling products in retail dispensaries next year.

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With signoff on the facility’s growing operation, seed planting can begin. A full grow cycle takes approximately 120 days, during which the company said it will wrap up construction on the processing facility.

Cresco Yeltrah said it will grow a variety of over 30 genetic strains at the Brookville facility and will produce an array of pharmaceutical-grade marijuana products including vapor oils, transdermal patches and pills.

It expects the complete line of products to be available for patients statewide in February, it said.

The department expects 11 other licensed grower-processors to be operational in the coming weeks. It issued the permits in June, selecting the 12 winners from among 177 applicants. The department has also issued permits to 27 entities to operate retail dispensaries, including three to be operated by Cresco Yeltrah.

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Cresco Yeltrah is a partnership between Cresco Labs LLC of Chicago and the Hartley family, which owns various Butler-based glass manufacturing businesses.

Pennsylvania is the second state where Cresco Labs is operating. The firm began as a medical marijuana grower and processor in Illinois and is now the largest grower and processor there, with about 100,000 square feet at three facilities. Its products are sold in every dispensary in Illinois.

In Pennsylvania, patients could take marijuana in pill, oil, vapor or liquid form, but they cannot legally obtain marijuana to smoke or to grow their own. The law lists 17 qualifying diagnosed conditions, including HIV/AIDS, autism, cancer, chronic pain and Crohn’s disease.

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Physicians must be registered by the state to certify that a patient has an eligible condition, and a patient must get a Department of Health-issued ID card.

Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program into law in April 2016. While retail sale is awaiting regulations and licensing, a safe harbor provision in the bill has allowed parents to avoid the wait by legally buying medical marijuana from another state for their children.


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Arkasas: Pulaski, Jefferson Counties Top Medical Cannabis Applications

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Data from Arkansas’ Department of Finance and Administration show that most applications for medical marijuana distribution sites came in for Pulaski County, the state’s most populous county, while the largest number of cultivation applications list Jefferson County.

Each of eight regions in the state will have up to four dispensaries.

The state’s Medical Marijuana Commission was meeting Monday as it whittles down applications from those wanting to take part in a program established to aid people with certain medical conditions. It received 95 applications for cultivation sites and will select no more than five. There are 227 applications for dispensaries. Each of eight regions in the state will have up to four dispensaries.

There are 26 applications for dispensary sites in Pulaski County, plus 22 in Garland County and 17 in Washington County.

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Melissa Etheridge’s Cannabis Mugshot Is Amazing

Melissa Etheridge, singer, songwriter, Grammy-winner, and cannabis advocate has blessed the world with what may be the greatest mug shot of all time, after a cannabis possession arrest at the US-Canada border.

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Etheridge smiled for the photo after her tour bus was stopped and searched with K9 units as she crossed into the US from Canada at the North Dakota border on August 17. Agents discovered cannabis oil aboard the tour bus and arrested her. According to reports, she was booked for the possession of a controlled substance and pleaded not guilty. Although the musician has a medical marijuana authorization from her home state of California, North Dakota does not allow reciprocity for out-of-state medical marijuana patients.

Just weeks later, at the same border crossing, ’70s rocker Todd Rundgren was passing through on Sept. 9 and was hit with a similar charge. Although the K9 units missed it, US Customs and Border Patrol agents found two vapes and containers with THC liquid inside. He was booked for possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

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“I continue to use cannabis to treat the lasting gastrointestinal effects of the chemo and to help me get a good night’s sleep.”

Melissa Etheridge

For her part, Etheridge has been vocal about her cannabis use in recent years, using it as part of breast cancer treatment and even acknowledging that she prefers to consume cannabis rather than alcohol with her adult kids. She’s also entered the cannabis industry as an entrepreneur, offering a line of cannabis-infused wine through her company, Etheridge Farms. She’s featured in the documentary “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed,” a film focusing on female entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry set to be released later this winter.

Etheridge is also an outspoken proponent of legalization, having recently visited Missouri to endorse a medical cannabis proposal and share her experience using cannabis to treat the side effects of chemotherapy. “Not only did it treat my nausea better than anything else I tried, it alleviated both my physical and emotional pain. I continue to use cannabis to treat the lasting gastrointestinal effects of the chemo and to help me get a good night’s sleep,” she said. “It saddens me when I think about the tens of thousands of patients in Kansas and Missouri who do not enjoy the same safe, legal access to medical cannabis that I did.”

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Beaming from ear-to-ear in her surprisingly cheerful mug shot, Etheridge reminds us of a cool, activist aunt. Her friendly, unabashed grin makes it seem like she doesn’t regret a thing.


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Only 2 Louisiana Doctors Seek Marijuana Permits

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana’s medical marijuana program edges closer to kickoff, only two doctors in the state have applied for permission to dispense the drug, raising questions about whether patients struggling with chronic pain and suffering will gain access to the treatment they lobbied so hard to get.

One application for the permit required to offer medical-grade cannabis to patients has been approved for a Baton Rouge physician, while the other application is under review, according to information provided to The Associated Press by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners in response to a public records request.

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The pharmacist who sponsored the state’s 2015 and 2016 therapeutic marijuana laws said he’s not worried just yet.

Sen. Fred Mills, a St. Martin Parish Republican, hopes to see an uptick in permit requests from doctors early next year when the growing operations have started, medical marijuana sales are only months away, and patients start asking how they’ll get it.

“I feel that the people I’ve met, the 400 or 500 families of people who have the debilitating diseases, they are going to go to their physicians and say, ‘Please, I want to try this,’” Mills said.

Vincent Culotta, a doctor and executive director of the Board of Medical Examiners, didn’t offer an explanation for the low interest physicians have shown so far, saying in an email he had “no thoughts at this time, no patterns available to analyze.”

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Doctors disagree on the benefits of medical marijuana, and the program’s creation was controversial in the conservative Southern state. Sheriffs and district attorneys opposed therapeutic marijuana as opening the door to eventually legalizing recreational marijuana, but lawmakers sided with parents who described moving to Colorado to lessen their children’s suffering and who launched billboards and social media campaigns.

Gov. John Bel Edwards promised “tight controls” for the program, and reams of regulations have been issued to govern growing operations, dispensing pharmacies and doctors with permits.

Louisiana’s law will eventually get the drug to people with cancer, a severe form of cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and other diseases. Marijuana can be available in medicinal oils, pills, sprays and topical applications, but cannot be sold in a form that can be smoked.

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Doctors won’t issue a prescription, but instead a “physician recommendation form,” a legal nuance aimed at keeping doctors from jeopardizing their medical licenses because federal law prohibits prescribing marijuana.

Only the agricultural centers at LSU and Southern University are allowed to grow medicinal-grade cannabis. LSU estimates the product will be available by the summer — but only available if doctors have obtained a permit to recommend it.

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Katie Corkern lobbied lawmakers for years in support of medical marijuana, showing up during debates with her son in his wheelchair and pleading for a drug that his neurologist says could help control his seizures.

“I’m obviously disheartened that it’s taking a long time and so many people in Louisiana are still having to suffer without this medicine. But I’m trying to be patient, because I want them to get it right the first time,” Corkern said Wednesday.

Corkern’s 10-year-old son Connor suffers through six different forms of seizures that rip across his body all day long, some so severe they’ve caused busted lips and blackened eyes, triggered by a rare brain malformation diagnosed when he was 6 weeks old.

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“We don’t really know a life without hundreds of seizures a day,” Corkern said.

She expected some reticence from doctors. But despite the low number of applicants for the permit to offer the drug to patients, Corkern remains hopeful the program will eventually be successful.

The state’s “super-conservative, and doctors don’t want to be the first ones to jump in the pool, but I think it will grow,” she said. “I’m confident that once the doctors do take this leap of faith in recommending it to their patients, other physicians will see the success in easing patients’ suffering.”


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Judge Says Maryland Marijuana Lawsuit Can Go to Trial

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawsuit that could disrupt Maryland’s fledgling medical marijuana industry can go to trial.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled Wednesday that a trial should determine whether state regulators acted improperly when they chose certain companies to award lucrative licenses to grow the drug.

State lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss the case.

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At issue are two of the state’s medical marijuana licenses awarded to companies that did not rank among the top 15 applicants.

Regulators said they awarded the licenses to two lower-ranked firms to broaden the geographic diversity of the growers, as required by state law.

The two higher-ranking firms displaced by that action sued the state.

The judge has not set a trial date.


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Two Cannabis Proposals Head to the Ballot in Michigan

Michigan will be one of the select US states with cannabis on the ballot next month, as two separate proposals make their way to voters on Nov. 7.

As the MetroTimes reports, neither proposal would go so far as to legalize cannabis for adult-use, but both aim to ease restrictions on the state’s existing medical marijuana industry.

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The first measure would do several things. It would significantly cut down on the distance a cannabis facility can be from parks, day care centers, liquor stores, churches, and other dispensaries, reducing that distance from 1,000 feet to 500 feet. It would also allow the centers to stay open an hour later, extending mandatory closure times from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The second measure, described as “a proposal to amend the Detroit zoning ordinance, chapter 61 of the Detroit city code, consistent with the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act,” which would apply state zoning rules to the city of Detroit and allow growers and secure transporters to operate in certain additional industrial districts within the city.

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Neither proposal is expected to make sweeping changes to the state’s medical marijuana program, but rather are aimed at easing back some of the regulations originally put in place when the state legalized medical marijuana.

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MetroTimes also reported an update for the Committee to Regulate Marihuana Like Alcohol advocacy group, which is trying to put an adult-use legalization measure on next year’s state ballot. The group has reportedly passed the 300,000-signature mark as it heads into the final stretch of signature gathering.

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The group needs 252,000 valid signatures by Nov. 22 to put the ballot question on next year’s gubernatorial ballot. The extra signatures are aimed at giving them plenty of wiggle room should any of the signatures be invalidated.


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