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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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Ypsilanti Township has joined over 300 communities in Michigan that have opted out of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act.  That’s the new law that will allow recreational marijuana dispensaries to operate across the state.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan tells us why the township took this action and if it’s permanent.


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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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Proposal 1, which would legalize recreational marijuana, was approved by Michigan voters on Tuesday night.  WEMU's David Fair talks to MI Legalize board member Jamie Lowell about what to expect when the proposal goes into effect.


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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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Proposal 1 was the main topic of discussion at a breakfast hosted Wednesday morning in Ann Arbor.  That's the statewide proposal that would authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the event at the Kensington Hotel and has the story.


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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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This week on “In the Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to several guests about candidate and issue public forums organized by the league.  Jeanine DeLay coordinates the events and is joined by local high school debate teachers Shelly Venema and Debora Marsh.


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Two measures that were headed to the November ballot are now law.  The state Legislature voted to increase the state’s minimum wage and allow employees to get earned sick time.  However, the laws do not take immediate effect.  Some supporters of the proposals are now concerned about what the Legislature will do next.


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Michigan voters will be asked next November to decide if recreational marijuana use should be legal in the state.

Lisa Barry reports on a new survey showing voters are slightly against the idea being touted by a Michigan group opposed to legalizing marijuana for recreational use in the state.


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November is months away.  But the group that put recreational marijuana use on the general election ballot is already planning how to convince voters to mark ‘yes.’  And the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is getting some outside help.


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The four Republicans running for governor last night all met for the first time on a debate stage.  The candidates sparred on Flint, marijuana, and President Trump.


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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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A state licensing board could decide today whether marijuana dispensaries in Michigan should get to stay open. 


Board Of State Canvassers Approve Ballot Proposals

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Several ballot proposals for Michigan’s 2018 election crossed a hurdle Thursday.


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The state has asked a court to dismiss a legal challenge filed by the campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan.


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A state elections board has rejected petitions filed by the campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan.  The next step appears to be a court battle over the time limits set by the state to gather petition signatures. 


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The state Elections Bureau says the petition drive to legalize marijuana in Michigan has failed to gather enough signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. 


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There could be a legal showdown looming between state elections officials and the ballot campaign to legalize marijuana.


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Marijuana advocates are gathering in Detroit Wednesday for "National Weed Day."  

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The annual Hash Bash event will take place this Saturday in Ann Arbor, and it continues to help shape the political landscape on marijuana.


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A group working to legalize marijuana in Michigan in 2016 may be in trouble.  Jake Neher has the story.


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The group MI Legalize needs to get 253,000 signatures by December 21st in order for their proposal, that calls to legalize marijuana in Michigan,  can appear on a 2016 state ballot.  They will host a public meeting on the issue this Sunday.

The gathering will take place at 6:30 PM at Sidetrack's in Ypsilanti.

A state elections board has given a green light to a petition drive to ban prevailing wage requirements in Michigan.

The petition language mirrors legislation currently in the state House that would end laws requiring union-level pay and benefits for workers on publicly-funded construction projects. Those bills appear to be stalled.

  

Pot Legalization On Ballot In 11 Michigan Cities

Oct 28, 2014
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Eleven more Michigan cities could legalize small amounts of pot on Nov. 4

On Election Day, eleven Michigan cities will consider legalizing small amounts of marijuana. That’s the largest number of municipalities to consider the question in a single election in Michigan.

Chuck Ream is the guy working to bring a pro-marijuana law to a city near you. He directs the Safer Michigan Coalition, which is organizing all of these local ballot campaigns. He expects this to be a banner year for the proposals despite not being able to actively promote them.