LANSING – There was a mad scramble at the Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board meeting Thursday, as about 50 unlicensed medical marijuana businesses have just 10 days before the state orders them to shut down.
With applications for 118 marijuana business licenses up for consideration, including many of the dispensaries facing a March 31 deadline, the board faced its biggest agenda since it began meeting last May. And it was a bittersweet moment for the five-member board, which will most likely be abolished on April 30 in favor of a new state agency — the Marijuana Regulatory Agency — making the decisions on who will and won't get a license.
"I've had enough, to be honest with you," said former Speaker of the House Rick Johnson, R-Leroy, who is the chairman of the board. "But what we've done to this point is create a good, solid foundation."