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Cannabis law expert speaks to Constantine Village Council

An authority in Michigan’s cannabis laws addressed the Constantine Village Council this week.

Sam Pernick, a representative of Green Michigan Partners, outlined Michigan’s current cannabis laws to the council and how the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act builds on prior marijuana law in Michigan.

Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over when voters approved Proposal 1 in November.

More than a dozen individuals who currently have medical marijuana permits in Constantine attended the council meeting. Constantine granted 11 businesses each a medical marijuana permit over a year ago.

The village charged each business a $5,000 annual fee. In February, the permits expired, and each business paid another $5,000 fee. Currently none is open. Applicants require a state permit before they can operate in the village and all are awaiting permits.

Pernick said Michigan has more than 280,000 registered medical marijuana patients, the second highest in the country.

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