Medical marijuana future in hands of Michigan licensing board

Published: Sep. 11, 2017 at 5:43 PM EDT
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(9/11/17) - There's some smoke in the air regarding the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of Michigan.

A state board could possibly shut down all dispensaries for the next few months until a new rule takes effect next year.

A new law requires dispensaries to obtain a new license later this year to operate. Some state officials would like all current facilities to close until they get those new licenses so everyone starts with a clean slate.

A medical marijuana advocate in Davison, who did not want to be identified, said she's worried.

"If all the dispensaries close, then the patients don't have anywhere to get medicine anymore. They wont have safe access. They won't know where their medicine is coming from, whether or not it's tested, it sends everyone back to the black market to feel like criminals again," the advocate said.

The state licensing board will be meeting tomorrow, when a decision requiring those temporary closures could be made.

"It took them a very long time to decide what they were going to do, they took a hands-off approach and they didn't do anything. They brought several bills that fizzled out," the advocate said.

The city of Davison will be having an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. today for residents regarding medical marijuana.

It will be followed by a public hearing at tonight's city council meeting.