All major news outlets in Michigan have covered the controversial effort to shut down all testing facilities, processors, cultivation centers and dispensaries in the state, which was announced during the October 21 meeting of the Licensing Board for the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.
The video of that meeting is now public. In it you will see one Board member consistently push a single-minded agenda- to enforce a policy of eliminating the existing medical marijuana business community in Michigan, either by direct shutdown or by discriminatory exclusion in the application process.
In truth, the Board did not authorize either of the proposals made by former Michigan State Police sergeant Donald Bailey. His move to order the Board to “shut down” or disqualify all dispensaries open after September 5 was put off until the next meeting, and David LaMontaine’s ordering of LARA to produce a master list of all businesses operating across the state in the patient services industry- complete with owner’s list- was essentially dismissed by Director Andrew Brisbo of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation.
Some of the comments made by activists and Board members during the October 21 meeting are noteworthy. You can read some quotes at the companion article, which is HERE.
The meeting began with the call for a massive shutdown of all facilities by Board member and former Michigan State Police sergeant, Don Bailey. His statement is summarized:
“Every dispensary out there right now is open in violation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act… and I think this goes to not just the dispensaries who are operating illegally… it goes to growers who are providing to these dispensaries and to the processors who are providing concentrates to those dispensaries. They have to be shut