Local officials are beginning to decide if they want medical marijuana businesses in their communities before the state starts giving out licenses next year. Wochit
Medical marijuana being grown in Warren.(Photo: William Archie, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo
LANSING — The first time the Michigan Medical Licensing Board began considering applications for marijuana businesses in the state ended Thursday with nobody getting approval.
The two applicants for licenses — for a transport service and a dispensary — were at least temporarily rejected by the board on 2-2 votes. A fifth member of the board was absent from the meeting and couldn’t break the tie. The applicants were applying for pre-approval of their applications, which means that they have filed an application with the state, but haven’t gotten approval yet from a community where they want to operate.
Michael Densmore, owner of GreenTransport Services in Gratiot County, wanted a license to be a secure transporter of medical marijuana to other cannabis businesses. But during a background check, a 20-year-old misdemeanor against Densmore was discovered that he hadn’t disclosed.
Tim McGraw, the owner of the other business — TJM Enterprises, which wanted to open a dispensary — had a possession of marijuana charge on his record that was uncovered by the state during its background check. Because McGraw’s misdemeanor possession charge was a first offense, it had been removed from his record after he completed his probation, but popped up during the more extensive statecheck.
McGraw, a medical marijuana card holder who grows his own marijuana, said he got the possession charge in 2012 on the same night he got a drunk driving ticket. He disclosed that charge, but thought that since the other had been removed