Michigan awards first medical marijuana licenses

Michigan awards first medical marijuana licenses

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On Friday, the White House said President Donald Trump will lift his administration’s plans for a possible crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana after talks with a Colorado senator. On Friday Senator Cory Gardner said he received a commitment from Trump that the rescission “will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry.” Gardner said Trump assured him he would support legislation “to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all.” Wochit Buy Photo Michigan awarded its first medical marijuana licenses Thursday, launching what is expected to become a $700 million industry in the state. But the business owners won’t be able to operate for at least another month. Licenses were granted for four large grow operations in Chesaning, a dispensary and processor in Ann Arbor and a secure transport company out of Lansing. But no testing facility licenses were granted, so the actual marijuana and the products produced from the weed can’t yet be tested or sold. It was the latest delay in what has become a series of impediments to the state’s medical marijuana business. The Legislature passed laws in December 2016 to tax and regulate the market, but getting the rules in place and licenses awarded has been a tedious and slow process. Read more: “We’re excited that we’ve actually approved the first license, so we can move forward,” said Andrew Brisbo, director of the state’s Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. “We continue to work with the few (testing labs) who are close in the process to try and get them licensed as well. We’re aware of the fact that not having a licensed lab presents a challenge for the other types of facilities so we’ll work with them closely on how to proceed,” he added. “I think we’ll have a few up at the August […]

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