Medical marijuana shops get a temporary reprieve from state

Medical marijuana shops get a temporary reprieve from state

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Local officials are beginning to decide if they want medical marijuana businesses in their communities before the state starts giving out licenses next year. Wochit Buy Photo LANSING — Existing medical marijuana dispensaries got a reprieve from getting immediately shuttered by the state , but they will harm their chance for a license from the state if they continue to operate, the state Department of Licensing and Regulation said today. At a meeting later today, LARA will tell the Michigan Medical Licensing Board that it does not have the authority to shut medical pot shops down and that LARA has the sole authority to set the rules that govern the dispensaries in the future. LARA, in consultation with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, said the department will put emergency rules in place and that any dispensary that is operating after Dec. 15 — the date the state will begin accepting applications for licenses — will jeopardize its chance for a lucrative state license. More: Communities across Michigan deciding on opting in or out of medical marijuana business "This approach will allow existing operations to wind down while also giving adequate time for patients to establish connections to caregivers to help ensure continuity of access," LARA said in a statement. Two members of the five-member licensing board — chairman Rick Johnson, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, and retired Michigan State Police officer Don Bailey — have said that they want currently operating dispensaries to shut down until the state begins handing out licenses sometime next year. Patients who use dispensaries for their medical pot and the couple of hundred dispensaries around the state have been worried that such a closure would not only harm the business side of medical marijuana, but put patients in jeopardy by cutting […]

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