The GOP is the pro-business party and this is a historical moment in Michigan’s history as we are in the genesis of a new industry.  The recreational marijuana business is budding and the government has until December to finalize all the regulation needed to begin retailing throughout the state.  This is the time to pay attention to our law makers as they develop all the rules and regulations. Our April 25th meeting will focus on this as our featured speaker will be Josh Hovey, founder and communications director of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association.  We will also have a speaker from a leading cannabis lobbying firm as well as someone from the industry itself.  There is lots of interest in this business and we hope to get the answers.  This will be the last monthly meeting until Fall as we shift to more social events such as parties, parades and picnics during the warm weather months.

Last month’s meeting featured a presentation on No-Fault Auto Insurance Reform on the eve of another price hike, from Lana Theis, Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee.  She spelled out the problem and reasons for the continuing price increases but did not provide the solution.  As we see it, the elected officials, who ran on fixing the problem, have until the next election to get the job done.  We will visit this issue again.  This Fall, we will also look at the huge budget of Oakland County Schools.

The last Two monthly meetings we put on Facebook Live.  We didn’t promote it because it was a test but still we had many viewers and lots of expression of appreciation of it.  We will continue to do Facebook Live and with improvements to the sound quality.  It is possible to see our past two meetings at our facebook group and page.