GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — More than 200 medical marijuana businesses in Michigan have been ordered to cease operations by the state.
While most are in Detroit, the list of shops effected includes those in Muskegon, Battle Creek and Allegan County – and one in Grand Rapids.
For a decade now, since voters approved medical marijuana in Michigan, it has been a state of confusion.
A set of laws passed by the state legislature was supposed to make things clearer, but now more than 200 shops are told they are not in compliance.
The owner of the Grassy Knoll in Eastown was not available, but the shop was one of 210 that the state department of Licensing and Regulatory sent to shops around the state.
This comes as the state is implementing a new method for allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to replace the rules – or lack of rules – under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.
“That’s not surprising to me at all, what is surprising to me, I guess, is the scope,” said Brandon Gardner, an attorney with Grand Rapids Cannabis Attorneys and he specializes in the business of medical marijuana. “I would imagine that there’s gonna be a lot of appeal over those, but everybody’s gotta play by the rules, like them or not.”
The closure orders have hit all kinds of businesses including those operating under Rule 19 – the emergency provision that allowed business to continue and provide marijuana to patients during the licensing period.
All of the different parts of the businesses have to be separate – sales, testing, transporting.
“The whole intent of the Facilities Act was to make the consumer have some confidence in what they’re buying,” Gardner said.