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MMJ Dispensary in Detroit Facing Fines for Improper Tracking, Cannabis Sales in New Mexico Surpass $39 Million for September, and Recent Poll Suggests Most Americans Support President Biden’s Latest Move Toward Cannabis Reform

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MMJ Dispensary in Detroit Facing Fines for Improper Tracking

Detroit medical marijuana dispensary House of Mary Jane will be temporarily closing its doors. The dispensary faces fines from Michigan’s cannabis regulators for improperly tracking its cannabis products. The state’s Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA) fined House of Mary Jane $75,000 and suspended the dispensary’s medical marijuana license for 30 days as a result of an incident from May 2021. At that time, the CRA made a surprise visit to the dispensary and witnessed numerous bags, duffels, and backpacks with suspected cannabis products that were missing the required tracking and identification numbers that Michigan requires. The dispensary’s license suspension will commence on October 20. 

Cannabis Sales in New Mexico Surpass $39 Million for September

In September, the state of New Mexico saw cannabis sales surpass $39 million. Adult-use cannabis accounted for $24 million of that figure. Since New Mexico launched its adult-use sales program in April, the best month they have seen for cannabis sales was August, with sales topping $40.6 million in marijuana products. Several urban areas, including Santa Fe and Albuquerque, reported the highest sales numbers, according to local news. When the program first launched, cannabis retailers voiced concerns about supply. However, that concern has dissipated as cultivators have scaled production.  

Recent Poll Suggests Most Americans Support President Biden’s Latest Move Toward Cannabis Reform

Recent polling from Politico and Morning Consult shows that most Americans support President Joe Biden’s decision to reconsider marijuana’s classification under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Biden has recently taken steps to evaluate the plant’s current status as a Schedule 1 drug, which is the classification reserved for the most dangerous and addictive substances. The president also pardoned those individuals with federal cannabis possession convictions. According to the poll, 70% of voters support potentially changing the way cannabis is classified under the CSA. Approximately two-thirds of those surveyed are supportive of pardons for people with non-violent federal cannabis convictions.