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Last week the first businesses in Michigan gained approval for licenses from the state’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board — but that doesn’t mean they can use that new license yet to distribute medicine to patients. 

A total of seven licenses were approved last week — with four of the licenses going to one grower in Chesaning. An Ann Arbor provisioning center, an Ann Arbor processor and a Lansing transporter all received licenses.

“Technically they could open their doors right away,” said David Harns, spokesman for the state’s Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. 

However, a key step in the state’s new system — a safety compliance facility where medicinal marijuana would be tested — has not yet been licensed in Michigan.

“Since none of those have been licensed yet, there can’t be a complete system yet,” Harns said.

That means none of the newly licensed operators can legally provide medicine to patients under

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