Medical cannabis is highly regulated by the state of Michigan. There is no business that has more state or local scrutiny. Medical marijuana business owners undergo thorough background checks going back decades with a comprehensive review of finances, personal character, criminal background and civil litigation.
Medical cannabis businesses are very secure with fencing, alarm systems, security cameras, on-site security personnel and seed to sale tracking for the plants. The State of Michigan has access at any time to security cameras inside cannabis businesses to view operations. Businesses are subject to without notice inspections by the state and local authorities. Michigan’s seed to sale tracking will help ensure that plants and product don’t go into the black market.
HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION WORKS IN MICHIGAN
JOBS AND TAXES
Mastodon Township will benefit from tax dollars from medical marijuana facilities and sales, in addition to local property taxes and permit fees, the township will receive revenue from the state taxes collected.
Just a single growing, processing or provisioning operation will create at least 30 jobs, all paying well over the minimum wage and competitive with the industry. The regulation of the medical marijuana industry in Michigan will ensure professionalism and quality in employment and hiring.
Local laborers and companies will have an increase in medical marijuana construction projects.
WHO USES MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
As of July 2018 there are currently 289,205 medical marijuana card holders registered in the state of Michigan.
At present, there are only a couple of licensed cannabis businesses in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and with Mastodon opting in, it will bring people to the community: stopping at stores, restaurants and gas stations.
RESOURCES ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Harvard blog – uses of medical marihuana and talking to a doctor w/ comments
Leafly 2017 Medical Marihuana Studies
National Institute on Drug Abuse – Marijuana as Medicine
5 Success Stories of Medical Marijuana
COMMUNITY CONCERNS AND FAQS
WHAT ABOUT ODOR?
There is no odor associated with sophisticated cannabis growing operations. The State of Michigan requires carbon filtering for all growing operations that keeps the smell inside of the building.
WHAT ABOUT KIDS, CRIME AND CAR ACCIDENTS?
We have to turn to Colorado for big data and keep in mind, this is recreational, NOT medical cannabis. There’s a difference when it comes to who has access and how much is being used.
Youth: According to figures from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in 2015, 21 percent of Colorado youths reported having used marijuana in the past 30 days. Teen use in Colorado has fallen 4% since 2009. Nationally, it’s at a 20-year low. That’s less than the national average and less than the 25 percent reported in 2009.
Traffic Fatalities: a comprehensive study published this June in the American Journal of Public Health found that “three years after recreational marijuana legalization, changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates for Washington and Colorado were not statistically different from those in similar states without recreational marijuana legalization.”
Violent Crime Didn’t Rise: the Drug Policy Alliance ran the numbers, and found that in the year after recreational cannabis sales started, Denver saw a 2.2 percent drop in violent crime, and overall property crime dropped by 8.9 percent.
Opioid Use Went Down: A study that looked into Colorado showed that legalization led to a “reversal” of fatal opioid overdoses, with 2014—the first year of legal adult use cannabis sales—marking the first time overdose deaths decreased since at least 2000, when they began to rapidly rise. Opioid-related deaths fell 6% in the two years after Colorado legalization.
Cannabis Tax Revenue: Colorado voted to legalize recreational cannabis in November 2012, but the state’s first legal sales didn’t take place until New Year’s Day 2014. Since then, according to data analyzed by Denver-based VS Strategies, the state has collected more than $500 million in cannabis revenue (a figure that includes taxes on both medical and recreational cannabis, though the vast majority is recreational).
Property Values: After recreational sales became legal, houses close to a participating dispensary saw their value increase more than 8 percent relative to homes located slightly farther away, the study found. It’s a small study based on data from only one metro area, but the research — the first of its kind — could provide an important glimpse into the potential impact of legalization. Study authors found that after recreational marijuana sales became legal in Denver at the beginning of 2014, single-family homes located near dispensaries saw their values go up. Homes within 0.1 miles of a dispensary saw gains of 8.4 percent relative to houses located between 0.1 and 0.25 miles away.
HOW WILL MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUSINESSES BE REGULATED?
All medical marijuana grown in a licensed facility will be tested, not only for molds, contaminants and pesticides, but for strength and chemical profile. Consumers will be getting a better medicine with plants grown in a licensed facility.
Production and tracking of cannabis seed-to-sale: The system will keep track of marijuana products from the beginning of cultivation at growing facilities to the packaging, testing, secure transfer and final sale at provisioning centers or dispensaries. To learn more: https://www.biotrack.com/michigan
The Marijuana Regulatory Agency will establish Michigan as the national model for a regulatory program that stimulates business growth while preserving safe consumer access to marijuana.
To learn more about LARA: https://www.michigan.gov/lara