Michigan Reasserts June 15 Deadline for Medical Marijuana Licenses, Despite Awarding Zero So Far

Michigan Reasserts June 15 Deadline for Medical Marijuana Licenses, Despite Awarding Zero So Far

Businesses that do not receive a license by June 15 are advised to "cease operation."

May 4, 2018

Michigan cannabis businesses that do not receive a formal license from the state by June 15 will be advised to halt operations at that time.

A new bulletin issued by the state reasserts the June 15 deadline for medical marijuana business licenses.

The announcement comes amid concerns that the state isn’t processing medical marijuana applications quickly enough. More than 300 businesses filed applications with the state by the Feb. 15 deadline; so far, not a single business has received a license. Regulators cite the sheer size and complexity of these applications, with photos depicting sprawling reams of paper and manila folders circulating among state and local press. Each application, as in other legal state markets, necessitates criminal background checks on all listed employees and financial records analyses.

According to Interlochen Public Radio: “The department doesn’t plan to send out cease and desist orders or alert law enforcement to shops, if those shops have a pending application that was submitted by the February deadline. However, the board in charge of granting or denying licenses could use a shop’s decision to stay open against them when ultimately deciding if they’ll get a license.” 

Read the full bulletin here:

Michigan Advisory Bulletin, May 3, 2018 by sandydocs on Scribd

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