Michigan medical cannabis businesses get 30-day reprieve to test products

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Michigan is giving newly licensed medical marijuana businesses a 30-day reprieve in which to test products already in their facility, welcome news for companies that will need additional time to pass state testing standards.

The 30-day window applies to existing businesses that have been operating temporarily with local approval while waiting for their state licenses under a new regulatory regime.

Those businesses, once they receive their state licenses, will get a month to test and label their existing inventory. After that window expires, all untested products will need to be taken out of the facility, according to The Detroit News.

Michigan issued its first seven operating licenses to medical marijuana businesses last week under the new structure. But the companies found themselves in regulatory limbo because of the lack of licensed testing labs.

The state’s Medical Marijuana Licensing Board has yet to issue a permit to a testing laboratory but could at its meeting in mid-August.

After Michigan’s restructured MMJ industry is fully operational, products will be tested at least twice: once after cultivation and then after processing, a spokesman for the state’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs told the News.