Michigan rule change gives MMJ businesses new lease on life

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In a business-buoying flip-flop, Michigan regulators said that existing medical marijuana dispensaries can stay open while seeking a state license as long as they have been operating with the approval of their communities.

State regulators had given dispensaries until Dec. 15 to close or risk being denied a license for defying the command to shut down. But that edict sparked a backlash from patients, shop owners and others.

The state intends to issue emergency rules later this month allowing certain dispensaries to remain open.

MMJ dispensaries that have been operating under local ordinances since before Dec. 15 must submit a prequalification application for licensure by Feb. 15 and a document – signed by an authorized clerk – affirming they had government approval to operate.

Businesses that don’t apply for a license must stop operating by Feb. 15. Dispensaries that do apply for a license but are denied one must stop operating by June 15.

State officials expect to begin issuing licenses by April.

– Associated Press