Denise Pollicella, Culture Legal Corner Contributor since Jan 2013
Ms. Pollicella has been a dedicated advocate to the promotion of a safe and regulated medical marihuana industry in Michigan since she began representing patients and caregivers in the community in 2009. In 2012, she penned an op-ed to her local paper about the practical consequences of a recently published appellate court decision, and the piece was noticed by the Culture editorial staff. She was asked to contribute monthly articles for the Michigan edition’s Legal Corner beginning with her February 2013 “So You Think You’re A NonProfit”. She has been providing timely and insightful looks into the state’s developing marihuana laws for Culture’s Michigan readers ever since.
- Convoluted Laws Michigan’s rules on CBD derived from cannabis vs. hemp conflict While cannabis legalization was the clear focus of Proposition 1 in November 2018, industrial hemp legalization seemed like the no-brainer add-on. There is virtually no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in hemp, so it has already been unfairly burdened with the mantle of CSA Schedule I… Read moreRead More »
- Room for Improvement Michigan’s minimum capitalization requirement creates an assortment of problems In November 2017, when Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) first published temporary regulations, called the Emergency Rules for the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), hopeful licensees were faced with a new capitalization requirement. Any person hoping to hold a… Read moreRead More »
- Maintaining Awareness Provisioning centers face many rules for the sale of infused cannabis foods Anyone who has been present at pre-licensing inspections has had a front row seat to the awkward transitioning of the unregulated dispensary community that proliferated throughout Michigan prior to the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, to the current licensed and highly-regulated… Read moreRead More »
- The Liability of Limits The future of cannabis in Michigan lies with the licensing process We know that the lynchpin of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) was “local control,” meaning that representatives and senators from more conservative districts could go back to their communities and say, “Don’t worry. You don’t have to do… Read moreRead More »
- New Developments Surprise capitalization requirements leave Michigan cannabis business owners scrambling by Denise Pollicella | February 1, 2018 The unmistakable theme of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) was imbued in one of its clearest clauses—the prohibition against the capping of licenses by the state. A feature distinguishing it from most other states… Read moreRead More »