Michigan capital to start medical cannabis licensing Nov. 16

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Michigan’s capital city of Lansing will open a 30-day window to apply for a license to run a medical marijuana dispensary on Nov. 16.

The Lansing clerk’s office said 20 applicants will be conditionally approved to open for business after the Dec. 15 deadline.

However, the winners won’t be given licenses until they receive approval from the state.

Five more applicants will get conditional approval after a second window. Those dates have not been chosen.

Lansing’s medical marijuana ordinance allows for 25 dispensaries or provisioning centers within the city limits.

Applications will be judged on several criteria, including the number of jobs created, location and business operating experience.

Applications will also be accepted for:

  • Safety compliance
  • Processor
  • Secure transporter
  • Grower facility

There is no limit on the number of licenses that can be approved in each category.

The state MMJ licensing process will begin Dec. 15.

To obtain a state permit, medical cannabis companies must first have local authorization, so business licenses from municipalities are quickly becoming a hot commodity.

– Associated Press