Here’s a look at what type of impact medical marijuana could have in Michigan, especially the Lansing region. Eric Lacy / Lansing State Journal
Sara Hernandez, right, and Hilary Barnard of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana explain the application and licensing process to prospective and current medical marijuana business owners Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.(Photo: Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal)Buy Photo
Brenda Lutz ran a medical marijuana provisioning center in Jackson but shuttered it in late September after the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team asked her to close.
Commercial marijuana establishments like Lutz’s have been operating in a gray area since Michigan voters approved a medical marijuana statute in 2008. Marijuana businesses were not mentioned in the statute, and many law enforcement officials deemed them illegal.
But the state is rectifying that. Applicationsfor medical marijuana businesses will be available starting next month.
And, on Wednesday, Lutz was one of dozens of people at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center getting caught up with the state’s new licensing and monitoring system at a free educational session hosted by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Lutz plans to reopen when she gets her license from the state.
Her business’ temporary closure has forced her customers to try to find medical marijuana elsewhere or return to opioids, she said
But the licensing will also help validate the industry, she said.
“I definitely do believe that this is legitimizing what we’re doing and that regulation is good.” she said. “This is a way for the state to fix our economy.”
Wednesday’s training was one