Marijuana to remain illegal under federal law, DEA says

By Donna Leinwand Leger // USA Today Marijuana advocates who hoped the cascade of states moving to legalize medical marijuana would soften the federal stance on the drug faced disappointment as the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it will keep marijuana illegal for any purpose. Marijuana will remain a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Substances in Schedule 1 are…

2016 Independent Grocers Financial Survey: Same-Store Sales Increase 2.1%

By Kristen Cloud // National Grocers Association FMS and the National Grocers Association (NGA) have released the results of the 2016 Independent Grocers Financial Survey, covering fiscal year 2015. This joint study polled independent supermarket operators in 38 states and four Canadian provinces on their financial performance and business strategies, and provides an in-depth look at the economic, political…

Increased Shigellosis in SE Michigan

By Sandra Walker // Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Public health officials are seeing an increase in Shigella infections in Saginaw and Genesee Counties. Shigella are bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illness which includes mild to severe diarrhea. As a result, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is asking licensed retail food…

2016 WIC Vendor Conference

By Ed Dichoza // WIC Division – Vendor Management & Operations WIC Vendor Management and Operations will be hosting the Inaugural WIC Vendor Conference on August 11, 2016, at the Radisson Downtown – Lansing.  The conference program is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Our goal is to enhance the WIC Program/WIC vendor relationship…

The Double-Speak of Big Banks

What the largest financial institutions won’t reveal about swipe fees NACS Online George Orwell’s 1984 novel has nothing on banks these days in terms of double-speak, wrote Lyle Beckwith, NACS senior vice president of government relations, in a blog posted to The Hill. “The banks don’t like an amendment to the Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law that…