Michigan medical MJ dispensaries given three months to close

Michigan’s chief regulatory affairs agency is giving the state’s unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries until Dec. 15 to “wind down” their operations.

Continuing to operate after Dec. 15 would be “a potential impediment to licensure,” Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs threatened in a news release.

Dec. 15 is significant because it’s the day Michigan regulators will start accepting applications for business licenses to operate under the state’s new MMJ regulations.

The agency also said it will work with the state attorney general’s office to draft emergency rules it expects to submit in November. Those rules would establish regulatory policies that include the application and licensing process, fee structure and how to deal with rogue operators, according to the release.

Closing and then applying for a new license – with no guarantee of receiving one – may not seem like a great deal to dispensary owners.

It is, however, arguably more palatable then an alternative proposal, supported by two of five members on the Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board – to immediately shutter currently operational dispensaries until the state issues the new licenses.

The state licensing board, however, ruled that only it has the authority to shut down dispensaries, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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7 comments on “Michigan medical MJ dispensaries given three months to close
  1. Ean Seeb on

    It is a travesty that Michigan regulators are more concerned about existing operators then they are about patients. This is not an acceptable workaround.
    Our heart goes out to Michigan patients who depend on these brave risk takers for their health and well-being. Also to those operators like Om of Medicine, Arbosrside and others who have remained as transparent and compliant as possible hoping for the day where they will be regulated and protected under Rohrabacher-Blumenauer.

    • Khurshid Khoja on

      Absolutely agree with Ean. Om of Medicine is the platinum standard in patient service, and an excellent corporate citizen in Ann Arbor. An absolute shame to make them shut down, even temporarily.

  2. Khurshid Khoja on

    The more equitable solution for the state’s patients would have been to allow at least those dispensaries with local permission to operate to continue operating after December 15th, as long as they’ve submitted an application for a state license by that date, and enable them to serve patients until their license applications are granted or denied.

    • Richard Starr on

      I totally agree with your statement, that would be the right thing to do. Why shut them down and turn around and reopen them, it doesn’t make sense. I hope an attorney out there will challenge their ruling. Unacceptable.

  3. Stephen Goodman on

    It’s a way for the state to get around what the people of Michigan voters have already voted on. The AG wants to be the next Governor and this is a way to play to old white republicans. Republicans do not give a rats butt what the majority of people in this state want. Besides the AG slippery Bill has his eye on a bigger prize in Washington in the long run. Also it is a cheep bust to fill the private prisons with low risk prisoners.

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