Gov.-elect Whitmer talks possible clemency for marijuana convictions Detroit Free Press
Amid concerns about minority businesses being left out and general frustration with the pace at which Michigan is moving on both the medical and recreational marijuana fronts, a group of organizations with marijuana business interests is preparing legislation they hope will make significant changes in how the market will operate.
Their sweeping proposal — which will face a tough climb in the Legislature because some changes would require a super-majority vote — would make the “gifting” of marijuana illegal; fundamentally change the caregiver system that has been in place since 2008 when voters legalized marijuana for medical use; reimpose the 3 percent excise tax on medical marijuana that ended on March 6; allow medical marijuana dispensaries to begin immediately selling marijuana for adult recreational use; require people who grow their own marijuana to register any heavy equipment they use with their local community, and allow unlicensed dispensaries to continue to operate through the end of the year.
“We’re not trying to circumvent how recreational will operate,” said Eric Foster, a consultant with Banks & Company in Southfield, which has a number of marijuana business clients. “We’re just trying to accelerate the market and address some of the concerns from local government.”
Besides Banks & Company, the groups involved in developing the bills are the Florida-based Minorities for Medical Marijuana; Cannas Capital, a Muskegon insurance and investment agency that specializes in cannabis businesses; Michigan Economic Stimulus Fund, a Kalamazoo-based cannabis consulting firm and the Lake Newaygo County chapter of the NAACP.
Applicants for marijuana business licenses have been frustrated