Michigan's medical marijuana licensing board allows temporary facilities to reopen

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DETROIT – The state of Michigan medical marijuana licensing board has agreed to allow temporary operating facilities to reopen and allow them to get marijuana from caregivers, not just commercial grow operations.

On Tuesday, both Gov. Whitmer and the new director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs asked the state's medical marijuana board to approve the measure due to a shortage of medical marijuana in Michigan.

“There is a shortage of supply in the market because there are only a handful of licensed growers in Michigan,” said Jeff Schroder, law firm Plunkett Cooney. “This would allow dispensaries and retail provisioning centers to purchase their quantities from caregivers again."

The medical marijuana board has extended its grace period for license applicants to March 31, 2019. This is a stop-gap measure that would get provisioning centers open again while the state works on licensing. That only applies to medical marijuana. Michigan has yet to have written recreational marijuana rules.

The Reef, a well-known provisioning center in Detroit, would likely be able to open next week if the board approves the measure Wednesday.

“I think it’s a step forward,” said The Reef’s Rush Hassan. “It’s definitely a short term solution but it does open up patient access for these products.”

Here's the full statement Wednesday from the state's Bureau of Marijuana Regulation:

It is resolved that the Board will not take disciplinary action against an applicant in the following circumstances:

For an Applicant temporarily operating:

It is further resolved that the Board will not take disciplinary action against a licensee for purchasing marijuana products from a registered primary caregiver (caregiver) or an applicant temporarily operating in the following circumstances:

For a licensed Provisioning Center:

For a licensed Grower or Processor:

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