Dec. 31 deadline looms for dozens of medical marijuana firms in Michigan

Dec. 31 deadline looms for dozens of unlicensed medical marijuana Companies in Michigan

Up to six dozen unlicensed medical cannabis businesses in Michigan must close at least briefly by Dec. 31 or risk not getting a permanent license under a new, stricter regulatory system, state officials indicated Friday.

Regulators noted in a news release that Michigan Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello had dismissed the last pending court case challenging the nation ’s deadline.

David Harns, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, wouldn’t say whether the state would actively enforce the Dec. 31 deadline.

He would say that “it is extremely important for temporarily working applicants to understand that any surgery after Monday may be considered an impediment to licensure. ”

Harns wrote in an email that up to 72 businesses might be affected, “though we don’t truly know if all 72 are now open. ”

Michigan regulators have accepted 99 licenses under the new system, including 52 dispensaries. The next meeting to think about license applications is Jan. 16.

Advocates had been concerned about potential supply and accessibility issues during the transition into the new, trimmed-down system. The state once had several hundred dispensaries, although that number was cut roughly in half earlier this year.

To facilitate supply concerns, Michigan regulators are allowing licensed MMJ businesses to supplement their supplies by purchasing products from registered professionals through Dec. 31 and selling these products until Jan. 31, 2019.

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