Michigan rejects first medical marijuana business license applicants

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No medical marijuana businesses received approval Thursday in Michigan’s first review of applications.

According to the Detroit Free Press, an applicant for a dispensary license and an applicant for a delivery permit were temporarily rejected by the state’s Medical Licensing Board.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The two companies applied for preapproval at the state level, but they hadn’t received approval from the locality where they would conduct business.
  • The would-be owner of the dispensary business was temporarily denied for not disclosing a marijuana possession charge on his record.
  • The delivery company applicant was temporarily denied for an undisclosed misdemeanor discovered during a background check.
  • Both applicants are expected to appear before the board again next month for reconsideration.
  • Regulators and police recently began cracking down on Michigan’s unlicensed MMJ businesses. They sent cease-and-desist letters to more than 200 such businesses, telling them to go through the licensing process or be turned over to law enforcement.