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The coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on many people’s mental health.


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April 20 is a day recreational users celebrate cannibis culture. Ann Arbor blues guitarist and singer Laith Al-Saadi celebrated with an early morning 4/20 concert, streaming live from his home.  It came shortly after he learned he had been named the 2020 Detroit Music Awards "Best Blues Instrumentalist."  Al-Saadi joined WEMU's David Fair about the life of a musician during a time of pandemic, his thoughts on marijuana culture, and the surprise of winning another award.

National Weed Day, or 4-20 how it’s known in the cannabis community, will be celebrated a bit differently this upcoming Monday in Washtenaw County.  


For nearly half a century now, people from around the nation gather in Ann Arbor on the first Saturday in April to celebrate cannibis culture.  The 49th edition of 'Hash Bash' will be different.  This year, the central-campus Diag on the University of Michigan campus will sit quiet.  The Coronavirus pandemic has forced organizers to present in digitial format. Jamie Lowell is helping lead the effort to take Hash Bash online. He joined WEMU's David Fair to, among other things, explain what that will look like. 


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Now that sales of recreational marijuana have begun in Michigan, the Eastern Michigan University Cannabis Education Coalition is hosting a special event December 5th intended to help clear up some of the confusion about what happens next.

WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Nicholas Pomante and Sean Woolfe from EMU's Student Wellness Department to find out what participants can expect from the free event open to the community.


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Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 last year, which legalized the sale and adult use of recreational marijuana.  But, actions still need to be taken to protect the public health in the products it consumes and the environment as a new cash crop takes hold in Michigan.  What's being done?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair gets answers from Andrew Brisbo, executive director of Michigan's Bureau of Marijuana Regulation.


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The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber hosted a discussion Wednesday on what local municipalities plan to do when it comes to the sale of recreational marijuana.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the event at Weber's in Ann Arbor and has the story.


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A state lawmaker says people with misdemeanor marijuana convictions should have their records cleared automatically now that Michigan has legalized it.  Rick Pluta reports.


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A state agency has issued its first official advice to help businesses that want to get into the marijuana business.  That’s after voters legalized marijuana in Michigan last November.  


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In November, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1.  It legalizes recreational use of marijuana.  Throughout the year, the state began licensing medical marijuana dispensaries.  It’s going to take some time, but in the not-so-distant future, Michigan will have a fully realized marijuana industry.  WEMU’s David Fair takes a look at the year in marijuana that was 2018 with an eye towards 2019.


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As of right now, Michigan is the first state in the Midwest to allow recreational or personal use of marijuana - not just for medical purposes.

It was approved in a statewide ballot proposal last month.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to Adam Rosenberg, founder of Green Wolverine, a University of Michigan student organization with the mission of promoting the legal aspects of the cannabis industry.


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This week on "In the Public Interest," 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by Ann McKee and Al McCord of the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area talk about Proposal 1, which will be on the ballot on Tuesday.


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In just over two weeks, recreational use of marijuana could be legal in Michigan.  Then what happens?  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry explores the possible impact on local communities, law enforcement, businesses, and the tourism industry, should the adult personal use of marijuana be legalized by Michigan voters.


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The State of Michigan gets a $315-million dollar windfall.  That money will be used in a budget that should be finalized in early June.  Working out the sticking points on Medicaid reform may take much longer.  Those are just two of the topics covered in 89.1 WEMU's 'The State of Politics." 


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Marijuana-infused beer, wine, and spirits would be outlawed under a bill adopted by the State Senate.  The Senate vote took place with an eye toward the November ballot.


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The state House Republican leader says it’s still possible lawmakers will vote on legalizing marijuana in Michigan.  But, he says it is unlikely.


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It appears the question of legalizing marijuana in Michigan is headed to the November ballot.  A state elections board has certified the campaign has enough petition signatures to take the next step.


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The state starts accepting applications today for medical marijuana licenses. 


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The state has unveiled its interim rules for people who want to apply for a license to grow, transport, and sell medical marijuana.  These rules will launch the first phase of a state-approved marijuana industry. 


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The state plans to release the official rules to get a license to grow, sell, or transport medical marijuana next week. 


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Michigan is one big step closer to voting on marijuana legalization.  An initiative turned in its signatures to get on the 2018 ballot Monday.


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Michigan is about to be one step closer to voting on marijuana legalization in 2018. 


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Getting into the medical marijuana game may require hundreds of thousands of dollars in liquid assets. 


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Lawmakers in Lansing say they want a seamless transition as marijuana dispensaries start to get licensed. 


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Medical marijuana dispensaries need to close their doors or risk being denied a license – once the state starts issuing them. 


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In December, the state will start accepting applications for medical marijuana shops to get licenses.  But meanwhile, there’s a dispute over how to deal with the dispensaries that are already open.


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Civil-rights attorney Dana Nessel will run for state Attorney General


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Marijuana legalization could be on the 2018 ballot.  But people in law enforcement have concerns about potential consequences.


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The new state medical marijuana licensing board met for the first time Monday. 


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The board overseeing the state’s new medical marijuana program meets for the first time today. 


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