Despite attempts to shut them down, Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries are safe. For now, anyway. In light of recent legislation regarding cannabis dispensaries in the state, lawyers are stepping in and stepping up to protect not only the businesses but the patients and caregivers who rely on them. And it’s not only lawyers who have their backs. State senators are also getting involved in the fight.
Medical Marijuana in Michigan
In 2008, Michigan residents voted to establish a medical marijuana program in their home state. Ever since this approval, a huge amount of cannabis-loving business owners and social activists have been opening up dispensaries. While these shops are practically everywhere in the state, locals have reported that a substantial percentage of Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries are located in the Greater Detroit Area. Particularly on Gratiot Avenue and the notorious 8 Mile Road.
There’s a high concentration of medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit and in the entire state. Because of this, the government of Michigan deemed it necessary to intervene. Last year, they introduced new legislation regarding dispensaries. To combat the growing number of dispensaries, the state government ruled that all dispensaries needed to have a proper license.
That sounds fairly standard. But there’s a catch: the licensing board will not accept any applications for these licenses until after December 15th of this year. And there’s no guaranteed timeline for approval.
To make the situation even more precarious, the state’s licensing board, known as LARA, has recently released a statement saying that any dispensaries still operating sans license past December 15th will face issues. Specifically, an “impediment” to obtain a license.
Essentially, the state licensing board is aiming to shut down Michigan medical marijuana facilities because of technicalities.
At the very least, they aim to disrupt the business practices of dispensary owners. But