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Stateside: Businesses can apply to sell legal weed; politics of MSU’s board; hunting while disabled

Nov 1, 2019

Today on Stateside, what 5G technology could mean for Michigan. Plus, Detroit is considering opting-out of allowing recreational marijuana business until at least 2020.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

Businesses can now apply to sell recreational marijuana, but it will be months before customers can buy it

  • Detroit is considering an ordinance that will delay the opening of recreational marijuana businesses in the city until at least Jan. 31, 2020. Kathy Gray is a Detroit Free Press reporter on the marijuana beat. She says Michiganders may have to wait until March or April for the first crop of licensed recreational mairjuana.

Federal corruption investigation closes in on UAW president Gary Jones

  • The UAW corruption scandal continues to grow as Regional President Edward Robinson has been charged with conspiring, along with others, to embezzle $1.5 million dollars in union dues. Daniel Howes is a reporter and columnist for the Detroit News. He says the corruption has been thought out and organized with the intent to spend the money.

Non-native bee from Eastern Europe is expanding throughout Upper Midwest

  • A non-native bee from Eastern Europe is spreading across the United States. It’s still unclear how the bee has made its way into the country. Zachary Portman is a research scientist at the University of Minnesota. He says the bees now are moving from city to city through transit. He says the ecological impact is still unknown but he believes that, in the right conditions, the bee could compete with and spread disease to others bee species.

Nonprofit makes hunting more accessible for people with disabilities

  • Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoor is an organization that helps improve outdoor activities such as hunting for veterans and people with health issues and disabilities. We spoke with project coordinator Tom Jones and group member Vince Gach about the challenges and thrills of hunting while disabled.

How much 5G will change Michigan depends on how the state prepares, says MSU expert

  • 5G is here. That means the internet will be a lot faster than it ever has been. Higher connection speeds, download speeds, and quality will all improve. Johannes Bauer is Quello Chair for Media and Policy at Michigan State University. He says 5G will improve internet quality in most homes and access in more rural areas.

Political Roundup: Board of Trustees’ lack of transparency hinders change at MSU

  • This week a Michigan State University trustees resigned. Nancy Schlichting said in a resignation letter she could no longer serve on the trustee board because other board members stopped an independent investigation and report of how the university handled accusations of sexual assault by former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Meanwhile, the former president of the school is going to trial on charges stemming from the sexual assault scandal. We discuss the politics around the MSU Board of Trustees with our Friday political commentators.

  • TJ Bucholz is president of Vanguard Public Affairs, a progressive political strategy firm. Ken Sikkema is senior policy fellow for Public Sector Consultants, and a former Republican Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate.

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