Ex-Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson gets preliminary approval for medical marijuana shop

DETROIT - Former Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson has been given prequalification status to open a medical marijuana provisioning center in Metro Detroit.

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board voted 4-0 Thursday in favor of the application.

The board considered preliminary approval for 84 prospective medical marijuana companies and final approval for 17 medical marijuana business licenses.

Johnson and his wife have registered the Bloomfield Hills business as Michigan Community Collective.

He and another former Lion, Rob Sims, were denied preliminary applications in December for medical marijuana growing, processing and provisioning facilities. The licensing board cited minor traffic tickets for Johnson and problems with homes Sims owns in the suburb of Dearborn.

The state is working to license medical marijuana business. Voters approved medical marijuana a decade ago and recreational marijuana in November.

Johnson spent nine season with the Detroit Lions before abruptly retiring after the 2015 season. 

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