Michigan medical cannabis license hopefuls lining up days in advance

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Medical marijuana business permits in Michigan are already appearing to be a hot commodity.

So hot, in fact, that hopeful licensees are willing to wait for days in freezing temperatures just to be among the first to submit permit applications.

That’s the reality in Leoni Township, Michigan, where the municipality will be awarding six dispensary licenses on a first-come, first-served basis.

The application window opens Nov. 1, but a line of people waiting to turn in their paperwork had already begun forming on Oct. 26, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Michigan State Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will start accepting MMJ business license applications Dec. 15, but in order to receive a state permit, companies must already have authorization from the localities in which they want to operate.

And thanks to the state’s existing 262,000-plus registered MMJ patients, many view those permits as a gateway to riches.

Hence the wait lines that seem reminiscent of Black Friday sales.

“I’m not leaving until I get my application turned in,” one determined applicant told the Free Press.