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This week, voters across Michigan go to the polls to cast ballots in a variety of local elections.

Incumbent mayors in Warren, Jackson and Flint are facing primary challenges on Tuesday.

In Flint, Mayor Karen Weaver is running for re-election after a term that has seen her city plunged into the national spotlight because of the city’s water crisis and the city’s slow recovery.

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A state lawmaker has proposed clearing the criminal records of people convicted of possessing or using marijuana. It would apply to misdemeanor convictions prior to voter approval of a ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana in Michigan.

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Today on Stateside, how new rules from the state are likely to shape the marketplace for recreational marijuana in Michigan. Plus, a new bipartisan proposal in Lansing would overhaul the state’s current emergency manager law. 

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Recreational marijuana sales in Michigan are a step closer to reality.

Wednesday, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency released emergency regulations for businesses planning on entering the recreational marijuana retail marketplace. 

The regulations establish temporary rules governing Michigan’s recreational market, which is expected to be worth billions of dollars.   

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State marijuana regulators hope to get emergency rules in place for Michigan’s recreational marijuana market this month.

Recreational marijuana use has been legal in Michigan since the passage of last year’s state ballot question. But recreational sales are still in limbo, as the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency works on the rules.  

Director Andrew Brisbo hopes to start taking applications for recreational cannabis businesses this fall.

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Michigan’s attorney general is getting behind a push to change federal law to allow banks to do business with marijuana companies.

Even in states like Michigan, where marijuana is legal, marijuana remains a "cash" business.

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The city of Kalamazoo is still undecided on whether it will allow recreational marijuana shops to open in the city.

So it’s holding a public workshop to weigh the pros and cons, Monday evening at 6pm in the community room at Kalamazoo City Hall, 241 W. South St.

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A new Michigan State University study finds marijuana users gain less weight over time than those who don’t consume cannabis products.

The “munchies” have long been associated with marijuana use.

But MSU researchers say that doesn’t lead to serious weight gain.

In a study appearing in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the researchers reviewed the body mass records of more than 30,000 people over the age of 18.

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Another Native American tribe in the state has voted to legalize recreational marijuana, making them to second tribe in Michigan to do so.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians approved of a resolution that mirrors the state’s recreational marijuana laws.

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An Upper Peninsula Native American reservation has opted to legalize recreational marijuana.

The Bay Mills reservation, which is about 20 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie and sits on Lake Superior, passed an ordinance regarding recreational cannabis earlier this week. This is after tribal citizens voted to legalize it back in January. 

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

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As of today, Michigan is the first state in the midwest to allow recreational use of marijuana. What changes can we expect? Plus, we hear music that prisoners at Auschwitz concentration camp arranged and performed for their Nazi captors. 

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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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The midterm election might not be the final word on the ballot initiatives that were passed.

Republicans in the state Legislature are trying to reshape some of the measures.

While not a direct change to the redistricting measure, one bill would add restrictions and definitions to the initiative. For example, it would prohibit anyone who is a member of a political party from providing any service to the commission.

Katie Fahey is the leader of the group behind the ballot measure. She says the timing of these bills is a problem.

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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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Barring a last minute hiccup, recreational marijuana should be legal in Michigan next month.

If the Board of State Canvassers approves Michigan’s election results when it meets Monday, recreational marijuana will be legal starting December 6th.

Police departments around the state are trying to be ready.

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Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in Michigan, but driving while on drugs is still illegal.

Current law allows for a driver who tests for any amount of THC – the mind-altering component in marijuana – to be penalized in the same way drunk drivers are. When drunk drivers get pulled over, there’s a legal blood alcohol limit on the books and an on-the-spot test.

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Federal prosecutors are reminding Michiganders that the state’s new recreational marijuana law doesn’t give them immunity from federal prosecution.

This week, Michigan voters gave their OK to legalizing recreational marijuana.

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Recreational marijuana advocates were lighting up and passing joints in Detroit after a ballot proposal passed to legalize pot.

Proposal 1 allows marijuana to be regulated like alcohol.

Michigan residents over 21 years old will soon be able to buy, possess, use, and grow marijuana.

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A two-day business conference opened Tuesday in Detroit with vendors talking about growing, marketing and selling marijuana.

Next week, Michigan votes on legalizing recreational marijuana. The folks attending the Commercial Cannabis Conference and Expo are banking on Michiganders saying yes.

More than 1,500 attendees were checking out lamps, security doors, and other services at dozens of booths set up in one of the meeting halls at Cobo Center. 

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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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Michigan voters go to the polls in a little more than two weeks.

Supporters and opponents of a ballot question on gerrymandering hope to convince voters to flip to the other side of the ballot.

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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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Legalizing recreational marijuana would net half a billion dollars in new state tax revenue over its first five years, that's according to a new study.

The study was commissioned by the group behind the November ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan.

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

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As Michigan voters consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana, law enforcement agencies are assessing how to respond if the measure passes in November.

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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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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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