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Michigan’s budding marijuana market is off to a slow start. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about why that is and whether it can eventually catch up to other states.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Marijuana sold in Michigan shops will have to have labels warning pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the health risks for their fetuses and infants under newly enacted laws. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist signed the two bills Wednesday because Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was out of the state.

The labels must be placed on legal recreational and medical marijuana products.

They will warn that use by pregnant or breastfeeding women may result in fetal injury, preterm birth, low birth weight or development problems for children.

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A Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday that retaliates against Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears over his decision not to prosecute simple marijuana possession.

The measure empowers the attorney general to take over those cases.

The bill says if a local prosecutor makes a policy decision not to prosecute certain crimes, the Indiana Attorney General can appoint a special prosecutor to do so and charge the county to pay for it.

Parvonay Stover represents the AG.


Several major pieces of legislation are already on the move as the General Assembly got the 2020 session underway. Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hold Harmless Legislation

Lawmakers wasted no time as the short session began – both House and Senate education committees almost immediately approved legislation to shield teachers and schools from penalties after a sharp drop in student test scores.

Michigan Sales Top $1.6M In First Week Of Recreational Pot

Dec 10, 2019

Recreational marijuana sales totaled about $1.6 million in the inaugural week of business at the first retail shops in Michigan.

Michigan, Illinois Set To Usher In Recreational Pot Sales

Nov 29, 2019

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Legal marijuana sales to adults are set to open in two Midwestern states.

But regulators and industry leaders alike warn that consumers will likely see long lines, high prices and product shortages in the early months.

Michigan sales can begin Sunday and Illinois follows a month later, bringing the total of states that broadly allow people over 21 to use marijuana to 11.


 Several Michigan communities just said no to recreational pot shops.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth say it’s probably too early to jump to conclusions about what that means for the industry.

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Voters in South Haven decided on a ballot proposal Tuesday on opting in or out of Michigan's law that legalizes recreational marijuana.

The way that the proposal was worded, a "yes" vote meant a voter was choosing to ban marijuana-related business.  A "no" vote meant a voter did not want the ban. 

According to unofficial vote totals out of Van Buren County, there were 645 "yes" votes and 537 "no" votes. 

That means South Haven will not allow marijuana businesses. 


Ten communities will decide 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 slowly been debated in communities at the ballot box.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is now accepting applications from businesses wanting to get into the marijuana industry in the wake of voters' legalization of the drug for adult recreational use.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency began receiving license applications Friday.

Businesses that already have medical marijuana licenses may get recreational licenses as soon as the end of this month since they were previously vetted.

Buttigieg Used Marijuana 'A Handful Of Times'

Oct 23, 2019
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday that he's used marijuana "a handful of times a long time ago," and that it's time for the U.S. to legalize marijuana.

Michigan House: Label Marijuana As Risk To Pregnant Women

Sep 11, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Marijuana sold in stores would have to have labels warning pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the health risks for their fetuses and children under legislation passed Tuesday by the Michigan House.

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At its meeting Monday night the Niles City Council discussed whether or not to create designated spaces around the City for people to legally smoke marijuana. 

MichMash-July 19: Crime

Jul 19, 2019
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Michigan Lawmakers still aren’t in session – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t introducing legislation. 

A new bill would expunge some misdemeanor marijuana convictions. 

MichMash host Cheyna Roth and special guest Mikenzie Frost of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group discuss a new theme in Lansing – lowering the cost of turning over a new leaf.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is among 18 governors to sign a letter urging Congress to open the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry.

In the letter written Friday and released Monday, the governors say the cash-only environment is a threat to public safety and a burden for governments that tax and regulate marijuana businesses.

Whitmer, a Democrat, says in a written statement that states are seeking a "real solution to a real problem."