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During a controversial meeting of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board on August 21, a proposal was made to order the closure of all businesses handling cannabis in the state of Michigan.
The proposal was made by a retired Michigan State Police Sergeant, Don Bailey, and was supported by a former Speaker of the House, Republican Rick Johnson, both Board members. During the multi-hour meeting citizens from across the state told the Board how they felt about the proposal and described the intentional consequence they will be creating if they approve a shutdown of facilities in Michigan.
Many patients told the Licensing Board that shuttering dispensaries and testing facilities and processors was a harmful idea.
Sue Nolff, a patient, asked what she should do if her supply of concentrates is cut off. “I don’t appreciate you guys saying that you are going to shut down the current… suppliers for patients,” she began. “I have no caregiver; I depend on those concentrates. And that’s the only place (dispensaries) that I can get them right now.”
“What am I supposed to do?” Nolff asked. “Am I supposed to go back on the black market to get what I need? I don’t even smoke flower, I can’t get those concentrates without the people selling them now.”
Concentrated forms of cannabis medicines are specialty items whose existence outside of the medical marijuana program is a rarity.
“Please consider the patients first when you are talking about shutting places (the dispensaries) down.”
Another patient, Mark Gibson, spoke about the issue of ‘fairness’ that Don Bailey said was his motivation for shutting down distribution centers across the state. Gibson asked the Board to “consider the financial costs” to patients who would need