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Michigan Voters Approve Recreational Marijuana

Becomes the 1st midwestern state to join the green rush

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This has been a long time coming for a state that passed medical marijuana laws in 2008.

Proposal 1, which outlines the legalization of an adult use market in the state, passed on November 6th.

Michigan is now the 10th state to approve recreational marijuana and joins the ranks of Washington D.C., Colorado, Alaska, Nevada, California, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Oregon.

Let's take a look at what exactly this proposal says for the people of Michigan.

Proposal 1:

- Any person over the age of 21 may possess marijuana. If the amount is greater than 2.5 ounces (but less than the 10 ounce maximum), it must be kept in a locked container.

- Individuals may grow up to 12 plants for personal use. However, this grow operation must not be visible from public property to the naked eye. Operations must have locks and access to the public must be restricted.

- individuals may give away up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, as long as no money is exchanged and they do not advertise it in public.

- Ban on consuming marijuana in public places or smoking in areas that are prohibited by the property owner

- You can be fired from your job for marijuana consumption and municipalities still have the authority to ban possession and sales entirely within their jurisdiction.

- Marijuana facilities must not be within 1000 yards of a pre existing school.

- One person may not operate more than 5 facilities before the year 2023.

One very important fact to remember if you are considering entering the marijuana industry in Michigan....

Only Michigan residents who already operate a medical marijuana facility will be considered for a retail license within the first 24 months of the passing of this act.

While it seems there are still a lot of kinks to be worked out, legal marijuana has hit Michigan, the question is who will be next?

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MA Banks Partner With Retail Pot Businesses

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In a story first reported by Boston Business Journal, BayCoast bank became the first bank to announce a partnership with a retail marijuana business in the State of Massachusetts.

Until this point, banks have been willing to work with dispensaries on the medical side of the business, but for the most part have avoided getting involved in retail partnerships. However, there are several adult use shops that claim to have banks accepting their deposits, they are just unwilling to disclose the names of these institutions for obvious reasons.

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Prop 2, the ballot initiative designed to create a medical marijuana market in Utah, was initially passed during the November election. However, immediately following the vote, it became clear a legal battle was on the way. With the mormon church making it clear they had serious grievances with some aspects of the proposal, legislators on both sides of government conveyed similar concerns.

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