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A company angling to be Michigan’s largest cannabis business harvested its first crop this week.

At Green Peak Innovations' south Lansing grow operation, hair-net wearing workers are spending this week harvesting 600 to 800 pounds of marijuana.

“We are bringing a tremendous amount of production to the market. And some of it's ready to go to the market in the next couple of weeks,” says CEO Jeff Radway.   

Radway says 50% of Michigan’s medical marijuana dispensaries have committed to carrying Green Peak’s Skymint brand. The company is also planning on opening 19 retail stores.  

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Cannabis, it turns out, is not just for smoking.

Since its legalization for both medical and recreational purposes, marijuana has been making its way into kitchens across Michigan, including the kitchen of Gigi Diaz. 

Diaz has been cooking professionally for years and recently, she’s started making cannabis-infused meals. She even won Best Chef at the 2017 High Times Michigan Cannabis Cup. Her business, Cannabis Concepts, does regular pop-ups all around Detroit.

“It’s really come a long way since your average pot brownie,” Diaz said.

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Now that Michigan has joined the ranks of states where it's legal for adults to use marijuana recreationally, employers are facing new challenges trying to manage their workplace's drug-free policies.

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The state of Michigan may soon allow closed medical marijuana dispensaries without a license to reopen.

More than half the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries were forced to close earlier this month because of licensing issues. The result of the closures has been a shortage of medical marijuana products.   Even licensed dispensaries have had problems stocking enough products to meet demand.

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A new cannabis industry group is calling on state regulators to ease a medical marijuana shortage in Michigan.

The newly formed Michigan Cannabis Industry Association has a lot of issues to address, but the current shortage of medical marijuana products tops the list.

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Fifty-six percent of those who take medical marijuana for chronic pain admit that in the last six months they've driven under the influence of marijuana within two hours of using it. 

About one in five report that they've driven while "very high" at least once in the last six months, and about half say they've driven while "slightly high."  

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2019 is expected to be a busy year for businesses looking to invest in Michigan’s yet to-be-regulated recreational marijuana industry.

Michigan voters approved recreational marijuana in November. Michigan is now one of nearly a dozen states that allow possession of cannabis for recreational purposes. 

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The future for some drug detecting police canines is uncertain in Michigan, now that recreational marijuana is legal.

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana law, officially known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, goes into effect today. Well, part of it, at least.

Voters passed Proposal 1 last month, making Michigan the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Legislation aimed at blunting part of Michigan’s new recreational marijuana law is catching the attention of cannabis activists days before the new law takes effect.

Among other things, state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof’s (R-West Olive) bill would ban people from growing recreational marijuana at home. The new law approved by voters would allow Michiganders over the age of 21 to grow up to 12 plants.

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Local government leaders will be in Bay City for a conference on Michigan’s new recreational marijuana law this week.

The Michigan Municipal League is hosting the sold-out session, and more sessions are planned.

Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 on Nov. 6th. The law will take effect next month.   

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Today on Stateside, we go over what you can (and can't) do on December 6 when marijuana is expected to officially become legal in Michigan. Plus, we hear the historical holiday greetings of a Michigan family who used the break through technology of a Recordio to send audio season greetings of themselves to friends and families during the 1940s and beyond.

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Tuesday, Michigan voters will decide if they want to legalize recreational marijuana.

Meanwhile, there are conflicting views on whether legal weed will make Michigan’s streets more dangerous.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, collision claims are the most frequent kind of claims insurers receive.

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People in Michigan who use medical marijuana may have a difficult time getting their medicine after Thursday.

Monday was the last day for medical marijuana businesses to potentially receive a state license. That’s because the state board in charge of granting licenses held its final meeting before an October 31st deadline. Businesses that didn’t receive the state’s blessing will be shut down on Thursday.

Linda Smith’s Haslett business helps people get medical marijuana cards. She’s says the threat of shutdowns has her patients worried about getting their medicine.

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Prominent Detroit ministers and local NAACP leaders admit they are in a David vs. Goliath fight to defeat a marijuana legalization ballot question November 6th.

But it’s a fight they say they can win.

Michigan would become the tenth state in the nation, and first in the Midwest, to legalize marijuana for recreational use if voters approve Proposal 1 next month.

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U.S. border officials are reminding Michiganders it is still illegal to transport marijuana across the border, despite recreational cannabis being legal now in Canada.

Wednesday morning, Canada became the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace.  Uruguay was the first country to legalize recreational marijuana. 

Sales started just after midnight local time in Newfoundland, Canada's easternmost province.

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A new state law in Michigan makes the sale of marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks illegal.

This passage of the law comes before voters weigh in on Proposal 1 next month. That’s the ballot initiative that will decide whether or not to make recreational marijuana use legal in Michigan.

Josh Hovey is the spokesperson for Yes on 1. He said the no marijuana in drinks law is a way for legislators to subtly voice their opinions against the proposal.

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Michigan may have something to learn when recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada on  Wednesday.

One study predicts there may only be enough supply to meet 30% of the demand once cannabis is legal in Canada.

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Michigan voters will decide in November whether to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults.

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In November, Michigan voters will decide if they want to legalize recreational marijuana.

Supporters say the industry that develops should be an economic boost for rural Michigan.

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The state is trying to figure out the “best way forward” for medical marijuana patients and shops. A judge ordered the state to allow all medical marijuana dispensaries to stay open while they wait for their licenses to be approved by a state board.

Attorney Denise Pollicella represents Montrowe dispensary.

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Three-quarters of Michigan cities, townships, and villages have passed ordinances to prohibit medical marijuana facilities in their areas, according to a survey by the University of Michigan's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy.

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Michigan’s entrepreneurs are seeing dollar signs with the state’s vote in November to legalize recreational marijuana.

But many out-of-state interests are already moving in.

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Some unlicensed medical marijuana businesses in Michigan will be able to stay open. They were in danger of having to close their doors in the next few days.

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A new study found that young adults are using more marijuana and less of other drugs.

The national study looks at drug use for teens and young adults, and specifically at how drug use has changed over time.

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Michigan residents will vote on the legalization of recreational marijuana November 9. 

The state has strict laws against driving while drunk, and cops can test how intoxicated someone is with a quick breathalyzer test. 

But if weed is legalized, how will law enforcement identify someone who is driving while high? 

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This November, voters will decide whether Michigan joins the roster of states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

So what exactly will, and will not, be allowed if the Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative is approved?

Journalist Alexandra Schmidt has been tackling this question for Bridge Magazine. She spoke with Stateside’s Cynthia Canty to break down the ballot initiatives suggested changes. 

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Whether Michigan should legalize marijuana for recreational use will be decided by the voters. The state Legislature let today’s deadline for the to act on the initiative lapse. It would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol.

The state House and Senate would both have had to pass the initiative. The leader of the Senate Republicans said its chamber had enough votes to pass the measure. But the House was not on board.

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Marijuana advocates say they are watching “very closely” as a deadline looms for Michigan’s legislature to decide whether to act or not on a petition to legalize recreational pot.

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The state Senate voted today to outlaw the sale of THC-laced beer, wine, and spirits in the event recreational marijuana becomes legal in Michigan. Legalizing marijuana will be on the November ballot, unless the Legislature adopts the question by early June.

State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, says he expects voters will approve the question. But Jones wants to keep out marijuana-infused alcohol products that are appearing in other places. 

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