Canna-Biz Blog

Zoned Out

By: Denise Pollicella for Culture Magazine Whenever a client tells me they want to grow marihuana, my first question is always, “What city?” One of the unfortunate consequences of a state regulatory vacuum is that it leaves our approximately 1,850 municipalities to their own devices, which has resulted in approximately 1,850 different zoning ordinances. They…
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To Illinois, With Love

By: Denise Pollicella for Culture Magazine For half a century Michigan has been educating young minds at its most excellent universities, only to watch them move out of state after graduation. It’s called “brain drain.” Last year, according to the Detroit Regional Chamber, the drain was roughly 23,000 people, and most of them moved to…
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April Showers Bring May . . . OG Kush?

By: Denise Pollicella for Culture Magazine Ah, spring has sprung at last in the Great Lakes State. If you’re like most Michiganders just out of hibernation, you’re anxious to get outside and plant your first garden. But this year, “outdoor gardening” has a whole new meaning. Just last month, HB 4851 took effect, and the…
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A First Look at the Provisioning Centers Act

By: Denise Pollicella for Culture Magazine It is unlikely that the recently introduced HB 4271, the Medical Marihuana Provisioning Centers Act (PCA), will look exactly the way it does now when it becomes law, but it is worth getting to know—particularly for those planning to someday operate or use a center. At its core, the…
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Michigan High Court to Legislature: The Ball’s in Your Court

Six days after the Michigan Supreme Court punted on the issue of safe access to medical cannabis, the legislature finally took the field. On Feb. 8, the high court barred the transfer of medical cannabis between patients in Michigan v. McQueen, effectively forcing the closure of the state’s dispensaries and clubs. This perfunctory abandonment of…
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So You Think You’re A Nonprofit

By: Denise Pollicella for Culture Magazine I get it. Your primary concern is the DEA. But if the IRS isn’t a close second, remember that Al Capone was a very real person who went to a real prison for tax evasion. This is the thing: If you are operating a dispensary, you’re operating a business,…
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