Judge approves injunction against closing medical marijuana businesses

Judge approves injunction against closing medical marijuana businesses

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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 The state’s efforts to shut down nearly 100 medical marijuana dispensaries across the state until the businesses are approved for a license hit a speed bump Thursday when a state Court of Claims judge approved an injunction against the closures. Judge Stephen Borrello granted a request for an injunction filed by attorney Denise Pollicella of Howell on behalf of the Montrowe dispensary. She said that new emergency rules by the state Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation that extend a closure deadline from Sept. 15 to Dec. 15 are unconstitutional because the rules treated different categories of medical marijuana businesses differently. Pollicella said she tried to work with the state "and explain the position that they were putting responsible applicants in." "It put them in an impossible situation,” she said. When that didn’t work, she filed the request for an injunction with the Court of Claims on Thursday afternoon and got a ruling from Borrello 90 minutes later. "The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is immediately enjoined and restrained from treating temporarily operating medical marijuana businesses differently … and that Defendant extend the June 15, 2018, deadline to Dec. 15, 2018, for all temporarily operating facilities," Borrello wrote. Under the emergency rules announced on Tuesday, about 108 medical marijuana dispensaries that have been operating while they’re waiting for the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board to consider their application for a license will get to stay open until Dec. 15. These are the dispensaries where owners got their initial applications in by Feb. 15, got approval from the communities where they are operating and submitted the second step of the application process by June 15. […]

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