Michigan governor appoints medical cannabis regulatory board

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed five board members to the state Medical Marijuana Licensing Board, a move that’s expected to allow the regulation and licensing process to get underway.

The board will regulate growth, processing, transportation and selling of medical marijuana. Former Republican Speaker of the House Rick Johnson will be chairman. Senate Marjority Leader Arlan Meekhof appointed Johnson.

Other members include Nichole Cover, a health care supervisor for Walgreens, and Donald Bailey, a retired Michigan State Police sergeant.

Meekhof said he nominated Johnson for his varied experience and knowledge.

Snyder said the board will help to provide oversight of medical marijuana facilities to keep the public safe.

Snyder signed into law marijuana regulations last September saying they would create a “solid framework” for patients to buy the drug safely. The legislation also established the state licensing system.

Since then, however, MMJ companies in Michigan have been waiting for Snyder to appoint the board members so the regulation and licensing process can begin. Now that the board is in place, medical cannabis companies will be keeping an eye out for industry rules and a formal permitting system that will guarantee them legitimacy and the same legal protections as other industries in the state.

– Associated Press