Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

Ionia, Montcalm counties receive $677,000-plus from marijuana tax revenue

Wage increases, road improvements, a dog park and overall infrastructure improvements are just a few of the ways that tax revenue generated from marijuana businesses will likely benefit some local municipalities.

The Michigan Department of Treasury recently announced that more than $42.2 million will be distributed among 163 municipalities and counties in the state as a part of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act for Michigan’s 2021 fiscal year — including a total of $677,438 for Ionia County, Montcalm County and a few of those county’s municipalities.

Attorneys plan to use Michigan marijuana law defense at prelim for 6 defendants

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act is expected to be used as a defense for at least some of the six defendants charged with multiple illegal commercial marijuana grows in Kent, Montcalm and Newaygo counties.

The six defendants — Fen Chen, Feng Chen, Zhi Hui Chen, Hong Liang Lin, Binbin Weng and Yuliang Wu — are all scheduled to go to a preliminary examination on April 22 in Montcalm County District Court; however, at least two of them have been offered a plea deal by the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office which they may accept before the prelim.