State to reopen unlicensed dispensaries because of pot shortage

Published: Jan. 15, 2019 at 9:49 PM EST
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(1/15/2019) Medical Marijuana dispensaries that missed a licensing deadline could soon be back open.

Tomorrow, The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will recommend the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board adopt a resolution which will help maintain patient access to medical marijuana.

LARA’s recommendation will allow temporarily operating facilities to reopen without it being an impediment to future licensure and will also allow licensed facilities to source product from caregivers without it resulting in disciplinary action.

“We have heard from Michiganders closely affected by the ongoing transition to licensed marijuana facilities,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “It is important that we ensure that patients have access to their medicine while the medical marijuana industry continues to develop.”

State regulators will recommend allowing the facilities stay open at least until March 31 without being penalized in their effort to obtain a license.

The state had been trying to move quickly to establish a regulated -- taxable market for medical marijuana.

But, Governor Whitmer says that changed after hearing from medical patients unable to fill their prescriptions.