Five Stories That Matter in Michigan This Week – July 28, 2023

  1. Detroit City Council Approves Amendment that Gives Cannabis Businesses More Options on Where to Locate

The zoning amendment shrinks the distance various cannabis businesses must be located from “controlled uses” (such as liquor stores) from 1,000 feet to 750 feet. It also allows cannabis businesses to be located 500 feet from each other—previously they were required to be 1,000 feet apart. It’s still uncertain when the amendment will take effect.

Why it Matters: The amendment passed in advance of Detroit accepting a new round of applications for cannabis dispensaries, micro businesses, and consumption lounges.


  1. Business Education Series – Setting Meaningful Goals and Time Blocking for Success

On August 22, 2023, gain valuable knowledge and skills to set meaningful goals, establish priorities, and effectively manage their time through the practice of time blocking.

Why it Matters: Participants will learn practical strategies and techniques to enhance their goal-setting abilities, develop a clear sense of direction, and optimize their productivity. Learn more.


  1. CRA Publishes June 2023 Data, Average Price Decreases Slightly

Per data from the Cannabis Regulatory Agency, the average retail price for adult-use sale of an ounce of cannabis is $89.27, a small decrease from $90.64 in May. This is still a large decrease from the average price in June 2022, when it was $122.43.

Why it Matters: While the prices of cannabis and cannabis-related products continue to decrease and make consumers happy, growers on the other hand are seeing profits decrease resulting in them seeking ways to halt new licenses to be granted in an effort to steady prices. Contact our cannabis law attorneys if you have any questions.


  1. Avoiding a Strike, UPS and Teamsters Settle Labor Negotiations

Earlier this week, UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters) reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement, avoiding a possible strike when the current contract would have expired August 1, 2023.

Why it Matters: It was estimated that the potential UPS strike could have cost the US economy  more than $7 billion, with $4 billion in losses for consumers and small businesses.


  1. Client Alert: PCORI Fees Due by July 31, 2023!

In Notice 2022-59 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, 2022, and before October 1, 2023.

Why it Matters: Notice 2022-59 sets the adjusted applicable dollar amount used to calculate the fee at $3.00. Specifically, this fee is imposed per average number of covered lives for plan years that end on or after October 1, 2022, and before October 1, 2023. 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.

Related Practice Groups and Professionals

Cannabis Law | Sean Gallagher
Labor, Employment & Civil Rights | Dave Houston
Employee Benefits | Bob Burgee
Employee Benefits | Sharon Goldzweig