The state’s efforts to shut down nearly 100 medical marijuana dispensaries across the state until the businesses are approved for a license hit a speed bump Thursday when a state Court of Claims judge approved an injunction against the closures.
Judge Stephen Borrello granted a request for an injunction filed by attorney Denise Pollicella of Howell on behalf of the Montrowe dispensary. She said that new emergency rules by the state Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation that extend a closure deadline from Sept. 15 to Dec. 15 are unconstitutional because the rules treated different categories of medical marijuana businesses differently.
Pollicella said she tried to work with the state “and explain the position that they were putting responsible applicants in.”
“It put them in an impossible situation,” she said. When that didn’t work, she filed the request for an injunction with the Court of Claims on Thursday afternoon and got a ruling from