medical marijuana dispensaries

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Existing medical marijuana dispensaries had until Thursday to submit applications in to a state licensing board. 

The applications had to include proof their local governments allow them to operate.

The filing allows more than 75 existing medical marijuana operations to stay in business while they wait on word whether they get state licenses. David Harns with the state medical marijuana licensing board says dispensaries that didn’t meet the deadline are probably out of luck.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state department that regulates medical marijuana will allow dispensaries to stay open while details get worked out about how licenses will be issued.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) originally considered giving marijuana shops until mid-December to close their doors – or risk not getting a license. Numerous patients and dispensary owners spoke out against the decision. They said it would hurt a patient’s ability to get their medication.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Medical marijuana dispensaries need to close their doors or risk being denied a license – once the state starts issuing them.

On Tuesday the state’s licensing department gave the dispensaries a December 15th deadline. December 15th is also when the state board will start accepting applications for licenses.

Andrew Brisbo is with the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. He said three months should be long enough for patients to find alternatives.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A hearing on bills to create legal protections for medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan sparked some drama on Tuesday. 

Many patients now oppose the legislation, in part because it creates new taxes on medical marijuana sales.

Dakota Serna is a Marine Corps veteran who uses cannabis for post-traumatic stress disorder.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The top lawmaker in the state Senate says he’s now on board with legislation to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan. 

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, is now also embracing a bill that would allow state-certified patients to use edible and other non-smokable forms of marijuana.

Richardville was not a fan of the legislation when the state House approved it late last year. But he says that has changed as he’s heard more from supporters of the bills.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than five years after Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana, advocates say gaps in the law cause needless confusion and prosecution.
Two Republican House bills aim to clarify the law by legalizing dispensaries and edibles. Neither was directly addressed in the 2008 law, but court rulings have since judged them illegal. More than 100,000 patients and 27,000 caregivers are licensed by the state to use and grow marijuana.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The debate over reviving medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan starts up again in Lansing this week. 

A state Senate panel will hear public testimony on House Bill 4271, which would let communities decide whether to allow dispensaries and how to regulate them. It is also expected to take up House Bill 5104, which would allow patients to use edible and other non-smokable forms of cannabis.