Two bills going before Michigan lawmakers would allow medical marijuana dispensaries currently operating to remain open while they move through a new state licensing process.
The measures run contrary to a proposal by the state’s MMJ regulatory agency that all retailers must close by Dec. 15 until they receive new business permits.
The bills, by Rep. Yousef Rabhi and Sen. David Knezek, were motivated by a desire to protect MMJ patients and their suppliers, Mlive.com reported.
Rabhi’s bill has already been introduced, while Knezek’s is on the way. The two said they have bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is still working to finalize MMJ industry regulations, which it hopes will be done sometime in November. That timeline would allow the agency to begin issuing business permits sometime in March or April.