Michigan Politicians Support Legalization at 2019 Hash Bash

The 48th Annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash festival took place April 6, 2019 and was an overwhelming success in the eyes of City Council Members. Big names in Michigan politics attended and spoke at the event.

To kick off the rally a recorded message from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was played, expressing pride that recreational marijuana has been legalized in Michigan. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell made an appearance where she openly admitted to never smoking marijuana to the supportive crowd of marijuana enthusiasts. She followed her confession by stating that she believes recreational marijuana should be legalized and recognizes the shift that has happened in the mindset of people nationwide when it comes to cannabis use. “We have got to change the laws to go with what is happening across America,” Dingell said. “We’ve got to decriminalize marijuana and get people out of jail that are in jail.”

This indicates a clear step forward in the normalization of marijuana use, both medically and recreationally in Michigan. Nearly every level of government was represented at the festival, including First Ward City Council Members, County Commission, State Representative, State Senator, and prepared statements from Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel were also played. City Council Member, Anne Bannister told the attendees that Ann Arbor leaders are examining social-use policies in cities like San Francisco, Denver, and West Hollywood to allow on-site consumption of cannabis at certain establishments. “So stay tuned,” said Bannister.

 

New Hemp Program Allows for Licenses In Time For 2019 Planting Season

The State of Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD)recently announced a pilot program for industrial hemp.  This new program comes after President Trump signed the 2018 Federal Farm Bill into law which provided a framework for the states to create and regulate  hemp industries.  Michigan’s hemp pilot program is great news for those who were hoping to be able to plant a crop this spring.  The pilot program will have two different licenses available.  One license will be required for those who choose to plant, propagate, grow cultivate or harvest hemp, the other license will be required to process,handle, broker or market hemp.

If you are interested in obtaining either license, it is important that you start by visiting the MDARD website . There you will see a list of dates (4/23, 4/24, 4/29, 4/30) where MDARD is offering a series of on-site licensing events on the campus of Michigan State University.  Prior to attending the event, interested participants will need to call MDARD customer service at 1-800-292-3939 and  reserve a spot.  It is also required that applicants have the proper applications (Hemp Grower Application, Hemp Processor Handler Application) filled out before attending the event.  MDARD has also provided application checklists (Hemp Grower Checklist, Hemp Processor Handler Checklist)  for applicants to ensure they are properly prepared for the licensing events.   You will see each of the applications requires a Federal identification number. If you are applying as an individual your social security number will work, but if you are applying as an entity such as a corporation, LLC or  LLP, you will need to have legally created your entity and been issued an EIN  (Federal Employer Identification Number) .  If you are unsure how to create your business entity or are unsure which entity is best for you, we suggest calling our office (517-512-8364) and scheduling a consultation to discuss the options available to you.