Dec. 31 deadline looms for dozens of unlicensed 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 companies in Michigan must close at least temporarily by Dec. 31 or risk not receiving a permanent license under a new, stricter regulatory system, state officials signaled Friday.

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

State officials previously had agreed that companies that had applied for a license under the new regulatory system by Feb. 15 and had local approval could temporarily operate until Dec. 31.

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

He would say that “it’s very important for temporarily operating applicants to understand that any operation after Monday might be considered an impediment to licensure. ”

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

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

Advocates had been concerned about potential supply and access issues during the transition to the new, trimmed-down system. The country once had several hundred dispensaries, although that number was cut approximately in half before this year.

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

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