Michigan Unlikely to Vote on Legalization This Year


The activists put up a long fight.

Here’s your daily round-up of pot-news, excerpted from the newsletter WeedWeek.

Michigan almost certainly won’t vote on REC this year. The state’s Senate advanced regulation for MED dispensaries.

Both MED initiatives that will appear on the Arkansas ballot “ are simply recreational marijuana masquerading as medicine,” according to Jerry Cox, executive director of the conservative Christian group Family Council. If both initiatives pass, the one with more votes prevails.

The fight over REC is heating up in Massachusetts. MED is now legal in Ohio. Dispensaries are expected to open in about two years.

Regulators in Alaska are holding up social consumption. Colorado became the first state to certify hemp seeds. The Boston Globe visits Pueblo Country, Colo. where there’s a “ revolt” over REC sales.

The New York Times reports on veterans who’ve found new dignity and purpose working in cannabis. The American Legion, the country’s largest veterans’ group, called on the federal government to reform pot laws. The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham also revisits the long debated question ‘ Which is more dangerous, weed or alcohol?

Legalization opponent Kevin Sabet began a term at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Bloomberg View’s Paula Dwyer says weed taxes could replace declining tobacco taxes.

Marijuana Business Daily dives into the industry implications of Weedmaps’ bogus-reviews scandal.

Business Insider profiles Emily and Morgan Paxhia, the sister-brother team at cannabis hedge fund Poseidon Asset Management. In Canada, industry consolidation could be in store.

Ah Warner, CEO of Washington-based Cannabis Basics, said she has a tentative deal to distribute her low-THC products in major grocery stores.

Marijuana Business Daily interviews former NASA researcher Neil Yorio on the future of growlight technology.

Illinois entrepreneur Nicole Van Rensburg writes about the four things she’s learned working in the industry.

Among college students, past-year marijuana use was 38% in 2015, up from 30% in 2006, another study found. Use of several other drugs, including abuse of prescription narcotics, fell over the same span.