Marla R. Miller

Marla R. Miller

Marla R. Miller is an award-winning journalist and content marketing writer who previously worked for newspapers in Indiana and the Muskegon Chronicle. She lives in Norton Shores and her work can be found at

Michigan could open the floodgates on short-term rentals, overruling local governments

By: - November 6, 2021

Imagine buying your first home in a coastal community — or even your dream home on a lake — and creating a peaceful backyard oasis. But when warm weather rolls around, you soon discover a revolving door at the house next door. Loud music, late-night bonfires, even PA systems, beer pong and extra tents take […]

Legislation tightening rules for medical marijuana caregivers passes committee, heads to House

By: - October 26, 2021

Several bills that change the state’s 2008 voter-approved Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and caregiver program moved out of committee Tuesday and are headed to the House floor. House Bills 5300-5302, known as the Michigan Cannabis Safety Act, tighten rules for caregivers related to plant allowances, product testing and where they can grow medical marijuana. The […]

Lawmakers blast ‘wild west’ of cannabis market, while caregivers decry proposed regulations

By: - October 8, 2021

Updated, 10:22 a.m., 10/8/21 When Tanya Kaye’s granddaughter, Anastasia, began having seizures shortly after birth, doctors recommended controlling them with phenobarbital, a barbiturate that slows the activity of the brain and nervous system. Kaye, 40, a medical marijuana caregiver and certified cannabis consultant from Clio, was worried about side effects and developmental delays from the […]

Lawmakers introduce package adding marijuana caregiver regulations, as activists protest 

By: - September 16, 2021

Lawmakers on Tuesday announced proposed bipartisan legislation that would create a new license and add more regulations for marijuana caregivers. On Wednesday, cannabis activists held an already-planned rally in Lansing to protest the bills that leaders told the Advance earlier this week they had heard were in the works. The Michigan Cannabis Safety Act, House […]

Michigan medical marijuana caregivers gear up for fight against efforts to restrict grow rights

By: - September 14, 2021

Medical marijuana caregiver Ryan Bringold has been involved in Michigan’s grassroots efforts to legalize cannabis for years.  But as larger licensed recreational and medical cannabis grow facilities and provisioning centers crop up across Michigan, caregivers like Bringold who helped legalize marijuana feel they are being pushed out. A small group of corporate activists want to […]