As Michigan residents prepare to vote on adult-use cannabis legalization this November, the state’s 220,000 medical marijuana patients are still wondering when the state will start licensing their MMJ dispensaries.
There are 540 cannabis license applicants. Only 19 are currently being processed, and 8 of those have already been rejected.
Medical marijuana was legalized in Michigan in 2008, but state officials didn’t address regulations and licensing until 2016, when Michigan legislators passed the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.
The state Medical Marihuana Licensing Board, a unit of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), began accepting facilities applications in Dec. 2017. According to the 2016 law, cannabis facilities had to make “a good-faith effort to become licensed” by Feb. 15, 2018, or face closure.
Roughly 70 facilities applied for licenses in Dec. 2017. By Feb. 15, that number had grown to more than 540 applications. Here’s the problem: By