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11.29.2021

Caucus Call Lansing

This Week's Updates

The Michigan House and Senate will be in session Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Cannabis Testing Laboratory Issues

  • Who needs to know: Businesses operating in the cannabis industry
  • Potential impact: The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued the largest recall in the state’s history affecting nearly 70% of the state’s legal products.

One of the largest cannabis testing laboratories in Michigan has been ordered by Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) to recall all the products it tested between Aug. 10 and Nov. 16 The impact of the recall would be that between 60 and 70% of the state’s legal products would be recalled for further testing. In response, Viridis Laboratory filed a lawsuit against the MRA.

The lawsuit argues that the MRA has continuously harassed the lab and, in fact, lacked authority to issue the recall. The suit names the MRA, as well as four top staffers at the agency. The MRA issued the recall and ordered products to be tested by competitors of Viridis for microbial testing. The Viridis complaint was filed in Michigan’s Court of Claims.

Judge Christopher Murray has ordered the state to respond by Nov. 30 and reply briefs be filed by the plaintiffs by 10 a.m. on Dec. 1.

Legislature’s Final Two Weeks of Session for 2021

  • Who needs to know: Anyone tracking legislative issues
  • Potential impact: There are numerous legislative proposals currently pending before the Michigan Legislature that could see action before the end of the year.

The Michigan Legislature returns this week to start work on their end of the year agenda. They are scheduled to be in session for the next two weeks, with an optional third week currently marked as tentative. There are any number of items that the chambers could act on before they break for the holidays. The one item that may keep them in session the third week in December is a supplemental appropriation bill. While work is slowly developing on an end of the year supplemental, there doesn’t appear to be much push to get it done.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been pushing Republican leadership to assemble spending priorities in an effort to start to spend some of the federal money the state has received on issues like infrastructure, workforce development and policing. The Legislature appears wiling to work on priorities they have in common with Whitmer and then wait to see how the remaining federal spending shakes out. At this point, it appears unlikely that there will be a consensus on spending the bulk of the federal money, but there may be a late push to get some of the money out the door before we enter an election year.

Week Ahead:

  • The House Regulatory Reform Committee has a meeting on Tuesday morning with a lengthy agenda that includes legislation aimed at pawnbrokers, consumer protections and mobile homes.
  • The Michigan Liquor Control Commission will meet on Tuesday.
  • The Senate Natural Resources Committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss hunting and fishing violations.
  • The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund will meet on Wednesday.
  • The Michigan Waterways Commission will meet on Thursday.
  • The Michigan Fire Safety Board will meet on Thursday.

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