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Detroit is on track to start licensing recreational marijuana businesses early next year. The city council unanimously approved new licensing rules Tuesday.

The sweeping ordinance includes what council member James Tate calls social equity priorities, “that focused on ensuring that Detroiters have not just an opportunity into the industry, but really identifying ways to make sure that they’re a success.”

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Tuesday, the Michigan parole board will consider freeing a Flint native who’s serving essentially a life sentence for selling marijuana.

Michael Thompson was convicted in 1994 for selling three pounds of marijuana to an undercover informant.

The case has attracted national attention, in part because recreational marijuana is now legal in Michigan.

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Michigan’s largest city is taking its first step toward opening recreational marijuana shops.

Detroit officials unveiled a proposed ordinance Monday that would allow entrepreneurs to apply for retail, grower, processing, and other cannabis business licenses. The proposed ordinance would reserve half of the licenses to Detroiters.

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As of Wednesday, caregiver products have been phased out of Michigan’s regulated retail marijuana market.

When Michigan voters approved medical marijuana in 2008, provisions were made for individuals to serve as “caregivers,” people who could grow cannabis for patients who could not grow it themselves.

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry has reached another milestone.

Nearly seven full months into 2020, Michigan’s adult-use cannabis industry has sold more than $200 million in recreational marijuana products.

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Michigan retailers sold more recreational marijuana products than medicinal for the first time last week.

Since the sale of recreational marijuana became legal back in December, the weekly sales of adult use cannabis have been creeping up and up. But the sale of medical marijuana was always higher.

Until last week.

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry has seen sales soar in recent weeks.

Last week (5/4-5/10), Michiganders shelled out $7,913,328 on recreational cannabis products.  That’s the biggest sales week in the adult use industry’s brief history in the state.

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry is maintaining, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and economic slowdown.

Customers are still showing up at Michigan’s recreational marijuana retail outlets.

Adult-use sales spiked to $5.7 million the week before the governor issued the stay-home order.

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Michigan’s marijuana companies are experiencing ups and downs with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Marijuana businesses saw a rise in recreational sales before last Monday’s Stay Home order took effect. 

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Some Michigan communities have something new: recreational marijuana home delivery.

Lume Cannabis claims to be the first licensed recreational marijuana company to provide home delivery in the state of Michigan.  The service is so far only available in 11 communities in Osceola, Wexford and Mecosta Counties.

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry continues to grow, two months after retail sales became legal.

Michigan voters approved recreational marijuana use in 2018. But retail sales were on hold for more than a year.

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Sales of recreational marijuana in Michigan have been booming. In the first six weeks after licensed dispensaries began selling the product in December, sales topped $10 million, generating around $1.7 million in tax revenue. But none of that money can legally be deposited in a bank. 

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Michigan recreational marijuana market is still going through growing pains after its first month.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency says the state has recorded $8.2 million in recreational cannabis product sales since December 1st. Last week was the highest weekly sales total at just under $1.8 million.

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Three recreational marijuana businesses will soon be able to deliver their products to customers' homes. 

That means no waiting in what are often very long lines for pot.  

The state has approved home delivery for Lit Provisionary in Evart, Battle Creek Provisioning in Battle Creek and Nature's Releaf Burton in Burton. 

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Michigan medical marijuana patients are being cautioned to expect further product shortages in the new year.

The medical marijuana market has struggled with shortages in the past. The start of the recreational retail market has exacerbated the issue.

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For the first time, last-minute holiday shoppers in Michigan may have something new to go under the tree: legally purchased recreational marijuana.

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The head of Michigan’s marijuana regulatory agency says the new recreational retail market is off to a “normal shakeout”.

In the first eight days since the retail market became legal, Michigan’s handful of recreational marijuana stores sold more than $1.6 million worth of cannabis products. 

But not everyone in Michigan’s marijuana industry is happy.

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Today on Stateside, we get a preview of State Representative Larry Inman’s upcoming corruption trial in federal court. 

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Recreational marijuana sales started Sunday in Michigan. Several people lined up outside of one Ann Arbor dispensary for hours.

The line at Greenstone Provisions at the edge of downtown Ann Arbor stretched around the corner.

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It's happening. Starting Sunday, December 1, 2019, Michiganders over the age of 21 will be able to purchase recreational marijuana from licensed retailers.

But you can’t just walk down to your nearest pot shop without a medical card and stock up. The licensing process is still in the very early stages, and only a handful of businesses will be open starting on Sunday.

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Recreational marijuana sales are expected to begin in Michigan this Sunday.

David Harns is a spokesperson for the Marijuana Regulatory Agency. He says state licensed shops are allowed to sell product that has been on the shelf and available to medical marijuana patients for at least 30 days.

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An Ann Arbor business is the first to get a state recreational marijuana license.

More licenses are expected to be handed out before retail sales begin December 1st.

State marijuana regulators handed the first licenses of growing, processing and dispensing recreational marijuana to the owners of Exclusive Brands LLC.

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In a little more than two weeks, Michigan will formally join the list of states where an adult can legally buy marijuana for recreational purposes. 

But most Michigan cities and towns are saying “no” to the retail market.

Michigan voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana use by a wide margin 12 months ago.  

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Recreational marijuana sales may start in Michigan months sooner than expected.

The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency posted a bulletin to cannabis businesses on Wednesday advising them of a rule change that will allow retail recreational sales starting December 1st.

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Ten communities will decide on Tuesday whether they want businesses to be able to sell recreational marijuana.

Last November, the state passed a law legalizing recreational marijuana. Since then, the issue has been debated in communities around the state.

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People seeking help expunging their records of misdemeanor marijuana convictions can get that help at a special event in Detroit Saturday.

The Expungement Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S Fort St. in Detroit.

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The state of Michigan will start accepting applications from businesses seeking recreational marijuana licenses Friday, November 1.

But retail sales may still be a long way off. 

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Today on Stateside, we talk with the Genesee County Sheriff about his department's latest sting operation to combat sex crimes involving children. Plus, how a Michigan man’s legal win will make the LSAT more accessible to those with visual impairments.

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It's been almost a year since Michigan voters legalized recreational marijuana. Soon, the state will begin accepting applications for recreational pot businesses. That begs the question: what does all this mean for the existing medical marijuana industry in Michigan? 

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