Five Stories That Matter in Michigan This Week – July 12, 2024

  1. Proposed Bipartisan Legislation Would Streamline Michigan Cannabis Market Regulatory Oversight

Recently introduced Michigan House Bills 5884-85 would merge the regulations for recreational and medical marijuana into a single regulatory framework. For example, the legislation would require only one license for activities such as growing, processing, transporting, or selling cannabis.

Why it Matters: The legislation seeks to streamline and simplify the regulatory process, lower costs of compliance for businesses, and improve efficiency for the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Agency.

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  1. Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency Set to Ban MCT Oil

In a recent technical bulletin from the CRA, effective October 1, 2024, “MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil will be added as a target analyte for marijuana vape cartridges as part of the Sampling and Testing Technical Guidance for Marijuana Products.”

Why it Matters: MCT oil is commonly used in inhalable cannabis products, such as vapes, and may pose dangers to respiratory health when inhaled. Businesses will need to adhere to the new testing parameters and begin to eliminate MCT oil from their products before October 1, 2024, if not sooner in a proactive manner.

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  1. Client Alert: PCORI Fees Due by July 31, 2024!

In Notice 2023-70, the Internal Revenue Service set forth the PCORI amount imposed on insured and self-funded health plans for policy and plan years that end on or after October 1, 2023, and before October 1, 2024.

Why it Matters: Notice 2023-70 sets the adjusted applicable dollar amount used to calculate the fee at $3.22. Specifically, this fee is imposed per average number of covered lives for plan years that end on or after October 1, 2023, and before October 1, 2024. For self-funded plans, the average number of covered lives is calculated by one of three methods: (1) the actual count method; (2) the snapshot method; or (3) the Form 5500 method. Learn more from your Fraser Trebilcock attorney.

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  1. A Health Professional’s Guide to Navigating the Disciplinary Process: What to Expect if You Are Facing a Professional Licensing Investigation or Administrative Complaint

Health professionals are committed to caring for patients with expertise, compassion, and integrity. However, in the heavily regulated healthcare field, those professionals can sometimes find themselves navigating not just the medical challenges of their patients but licensing issues of their own as well. Licensing issues can arise unexpectedly, and, when they do, they can cause tremendous stress and uncertainty.

Why it Matters: As an attorney with years of experience handling professional licensing matters for health professionals, Robert J. Andretz has witnessed firsthand how professional licensing investigations and Administrative Complaints can disrupt health professionals’ careers and their ability to provide patient care. He will explore how to navigate the disciplinary process in Michigan so that you can know what to expect if you are ever faced with a threat to your license. Learn more.

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  1. Fraser Trebilcock Shareholder Sean P. Gallagher Recognized as a ‘Michigan Go To Lawyer’ for Cannabis Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Fraser Trebilcock Shareholder Sean P. Gallagher has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a ‘Michigan Go To Lawyer’ in 2024 for cannabis law. “I am honored to have been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a ‘Michigan Go To Lawyer’ for cannabis law,” said Sean.

Why it Matters: Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s program honors leading lawyers in a particular field of law as nominated by their peers. Michigan’s Go To Lawyers identifies and recognizes the top lawyers across the state in a given practice area. Read more.

Related Practice Groups and Professionals

Cannabis Law | Sean Gallagher
Professional Licensing | Robert Andretz

Five Stories That Matter in Michigan This Week – July 5, 2024

  1. Michigan Legislature Passes 2025 Fiscal Year Budget

Last week, the Michigan legislature passed an $82.5 billion state budget for the 2025 fiscal year. The budget allocates approximately $60 billion for state government agencies and $23 billion for education.

Why it Matters: The budget, which passed with a party-line vote, is approximately $2 billion larger than the state’s 2024 budget.

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  1. Fraser Trebilcock Shareholder Sean P. Gallagher Recognized as a ‘Michigan Go To Lawyer’ for Cannabis Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Fraser Trebilcock Shareholder Sean P. Gallagher has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a ‘Michigan Go To Lawyer’ in 2024 for cannabis law. “I am honored to have been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a ‘Michigan Go To Lawyer’ for cannabis law,” said Sean.

Why it Matters: Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s program honors leading lawyers in a particular field of law as nominated by their peers. Michigan’s Go To Lawyers identifies and recognizes the top lawyers across the state in a given practice area. Read more.

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  1. Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule Goes into Effect

Effective July 1, 2024, the minimum salary for exemption from overtime as an executive, administrative, or professional employee will increase from $684 per week ($35,568 annualized) to $844 per week ($43,888 annualized). On January 1, 2025, this threshold will further increase to $1,128 per week ($58,656 annualized). The rule also raises the minimum total annual compensation level for exemption as a “highly compensated employee” from $107,432 to $132,964 effective July 1, 2024, and to $151,164 effective January 1, 2025. These thresholds will continue to be adjusted every three years starting July 1, 2027.

Why it Matters: The new rule will have a substantial impact on businesses, requiring them to either raise salaries for certain employees or reclassify them as non-exempt and pay overtime wages.

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  1. Michigan Cannabis Exceeds $279 Million in May ‘24

Cannabis sales surpassed $279 million in May, via the monthly report from the Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency. Michigan adult-use sales came in at $278,005,199.31, while medical sales came in at $1,607871.79, totaling $279,613,071.10.

Why it Matters: Marijuana sales remain strong in Michigan, particularly for recreational use. However, there still are significant concerns about profitability and market oversaturation that the industry is contending with.

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  1. Criminal Defense and Professional Licensing Attorney

Helping clients for more than two decades, Robert J. Andretz is an experienced criminal defense and professional licensing attorney who has successfully represented clients in both state and federal courts in felony and misdemeanor cases in more than 50 counties across the state of Michigan.

Why it Matters: Robert Andretz is passionate about what he does, and, understanding the direct and collateral consequences that a criminal conviction or professional licensing sanction can bring, he compassionately works with his clients to focus on what matters most to them. Learn more and to contact Rob.

Related Practice Groups and Professionals

Cannabis Law | Sean Gallagher
Labor, Employment & Civil Rights | David Houston
Professional Licensing | Robert Andretz