Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation to regulate the medical marijuana industry in September 2016. But a year and a half later, the state still hasn’t licensed a single cannabis business. Now, the licensing board is adding two more meetings to its schedule in an effort to expedite the process.
It’s unclear how effective two extra meetings will be in speeding up the licensing process. Last week, the Michigan Medical Licensing Board deadlocked on two applicants – each rejected by a 2-2 vote. Both were temporarily rejected for an application thanks to misdemeanors that hadn’t been disclosed.
Tim McGraw, who is seeking a dispensary license, got in trouble with the two board members thanks to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge that was expunged from his record. He disclosed a separate drunk driving ticket in his application, though.
“I wasn’t trying to hide it,” he told the Detroit Free Press, describing the process as “extremely confusing.”