Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are moving to curb unlicensed medical marijuana shops by threatening their ability to get licensed if they stay open after June 1. A bill approved 102-4 by the House on Thursday will next be considered by the Senate. The measure would prevent unlicensed marijuana facilities that remain open from becoming licensed for a year.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian man who was convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer has been sentenced to life in prison. Amor Ftouhi was sentenced Thursday in federal court. Investigators say Ftouhi drove from Montreal in 2017 and arrived at the airport in Flint, Michigan. While there, he yelled “God is great” in Arabic and repeatedly stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville. Before sentencing, Ftouhi told the judge he had no regrets and only wished he could have acquired a machine gun.
DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit doctor who admitted running an $18 million prescription drug scheme has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison. A federal judge on Wednesday also ordered Dr. Zongli Chang to pay a $1 million fine and forfeit $3 million. The Livonia man had pleaded guilty to orchestrating the opioid scheme between 2012 and 2017. Chang said he was paid $150 to $400 to write prescriptions for no medical purpose that were filled and sold on the streets.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The historic Lansing campus where the Michigan School for the Blind operated for more than a century is on track to reopen as housing by early next year. The Lansing State Journal reports that Indianapolis-based TWG Development is nearing the final phases of its $24 million plan to restore and transform the school’s buildings into 132 housing units. The project’s $12 million Walnut Park apartment building opened last fall where the school’s auditorium once stood.