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Michigan: New Medical Marijuana Laws In Detroit; 82 Apply To Operate Dispensaries

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Detroit has a new set of medical marijuana laws that officially went into effect last week, requiring owners of cannabis dispensaries to have a license to do business.

The new rules were put into effect after months of back-and-forth, reports Charlie Langton at Fox 2 Detroit. Under the new laws, shops have a one-month window in which to apply for a business license. The city can shut down shops if owners don't begin the application process by March 31, reports Joe Guillen at the Detroit Free Press.

Dispensaries like Dank House, Motown Meds and Your Grass Station were among the 82 businesses that on Tuesday applied to operate dispensaries.

"It has to be regulated with the city; we have to work together," said Wesam Younes, owner of dispensary Chronic Solutions. "Floor plans, site plans, a lot of applications, a lot of information you have to give, a lot of information they need from me."

Detroit is also requiring background checks; owners aren't allowed to have any felony convictions. The new regulations are part of an effort to cut down on the number of dispensaries in the city, currently at around 211 shops.

Missouri: Man Given Life Sentence For Marijuana Has Sentence Commuted

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Twenty-two years after being arrested for marijuana -- and 19 years after being sentenced to life in prison for it -- Jeff Mizanskey on Friday had his sentenced commuted by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Mizanskey, 62, was the only man in Missouri prisons serving life for pot, report Kevin S. Held and Anthony Kiekow at Fox 2 Now. He was arrested during an undercover drug operation in Sedalia, Missouri, in 1993, and was sentenced in 1996 under the state's Prior and Persistent Drug Offender Law, which is a three-strike, habitual offender system.

"The executive power to grant clemency is one I take with a great deal of consideration and seriousness," Nixon said in a press release announcing the commutation of Mizanskey's sentence, reports Danny Wicentowski at Riverfront Times. Nixon also pardoned five other nonviolent offenders.

"It's wonderful," said Michael Mizanskey, Jeff's brother. "Thank Jay Nixon for doing that, for finally looking at his case and doing the right thing.

"I'm very emotional," Michael said. "I've overjoyed he has a chance. In almost 22 years he had two write-ups, one for putting mail in the wrong slot and one for a messy floor. No fights, no nothing. Tell me that's not a model prisoner."

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