7 Quick Hits of Cannabis News From Across Michigan

By Kyle Kaminski

July 11, 2023

MICHIGAN—Cannabis is a pretty big deal in Michigan—and there’s never a shortage of newsworthy headlines from the industry as the state inches closer to becoming the nation’s weed capital.

Here are seven things you need to know this week:

BAD CHOCOLATE: State regulators announced a recall on the THC-infused candy known as “Weed Bars” because the chocolate was about twice as potent as allowable under state rules and because they lacked appropriate labels and child-resistant packaging, MLive reports.

PAUSE IN PONTIAC: Plans to allow recreational marijuana businesses to open in the city of Pontiac are on hold until at least Nov. 7 when local voters will decide to approve or reject two ordinances, reports the Oakland Press. Official ballot language has not yet been submitted. 

OHIO STEPS UP: The Secretary of State’s office in Ohio is reviewing over 200,000 signatures that could reportedly put the issue of recreational marijuana legalization on the November ballot. If it passes, it’ll still likely be years before a licensing structure is finalized to enable retail sales.

MISHAP IN MOUNT MORRIS: Sky Labs in Mount Morris agreed to surrender its medical marijuana processing license and pay a $100,000 fine after it was dinged for more than 30 rules violations—including giving staff mislabeled gummies that hospitalized a child, WNEM reports.

POTENCY CONCERNS: Industry insiders are increasingly concerned that high demand for weed has led to questionable conduct by greedy growers, producers, and safety testing labs that are allegedly bending testing data to obtain artificially higher potency results, MLive reports

MUSKEGON ON THE MAP: Thousands of people turned out to the second CannaBash in Muskegon on Saturday to watch performances from Ludacris and Sada baby, among others.

AFROMAN IN MANISTEE: Manistee’s first cannabis consumption event, the Smoke on the Water Music Festival, is coming back to the city for a second year on July 29. Afroman is the headlining artist. Tickets start at $25. Click here to buy tickets online. 

READ MORE: 6 Ways to Elevate Your Michigan Summer with Cannabis

7 Quick Hits of Cannabis News From Across Michigan

This article originally appeared in The MichiGanja Report, a free monthly newsletter from The ‘Gander about all things cannabis, written by political correspondent Kyle Kaminski. Click here to subscribe, and we’ll send the next edition straight to your inbox.


  • Kyle Kaminski

    Kyle Kaminski is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than a decade of experience covering news across Michigan. Prior to joining The ‘Gander, Kyle worked as the managing editor at City Pulse in Lansing and as a reporter for the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

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