Distilling the Madness as Dispensary Shutdowns Loom

. October 2, 2017.
We can’t be sure exactly how the licensing process will all shake out, but it’s causing a big, and perhaps excessively burdensome stir
We can’t be sure exactly how the licensing process will all shake out, but it’s causing a big, and perhaps excessively burdensome stir

With a possible shutdown of the bulk of Michigan’s existing dispensaries in the hands of the state’s Medical Marijuana Board, it’s important to look at the moving parts that shape this issue.
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act was approved by voters in 2008, but lacked much of the industry regulation that has since become commonplace in other states that have adopted medical cannabis laws. The vague law was generally unchallenged until 2013, when the Michigan Supreme Court handed down a ruling declaring dispensaries illegal, as the original legislation never made mention of provisioning centers/dispensaries.

The Supreme Court ruling prompted legislators to introduce bills over the ensuing years, before finally passing regulating legislation in 2016, calling for the creation of a Medical Marijuana Board to control the licensing process.

As the board took shape, it became clear the interests of the existing medical community might not be a high priority. The board includes two former cops, the chair of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy, a former Republican State Senator and the former Director of Public Policy for General Motors. Not exactly a group of cannabis industry insiders, and many in the cannabis community – both patients and existing dispensary owners – question the Board’s commitment to patients rather than proceeds.

That brings us to today, just a couple months ahead of what could be a complete industry shutdown while the state reviews licensing applications. LARA, the state department of licensing and regulatory affairs, gave dispensaries a reprieve until December 15, the date licensing applications open. The language used by LARA didn’t rule out dispensaries staying open while licenses are under review, but did say remaining open after December 15th could create a “potential impediment” to obtaining a license.

We can’t be sure exactly how the licensing process will all shake out, but it’s causing a big, and perhaps excessively burdensome stir in an industry poised to become a massive asset and contributor to the state’s economy.

Trending

JUNGLEFOWL’S New EP ‘Secret Society’ (INTERVIEW)

The first time I heard JUNGLEFOWL, they knocked me out of my chair. It was 2015 and Melissa Coppola had sent me the tracks that would eventually be released as the debut EP for her new band with guitarist Stefan Carr–a power duo! But a power duo that I couldn’t place, in the best way–it

Doogatron Release Debut Album

Doogatron are inventive disciples of techno and house, creating textured synth-prog jams that blend machine-like precision with the human touch of improvisation. These 21st century torchbearers of Detroit’s electronic music fuse the old-school analog synthesizers with new-school digital technology. Their debut album comes out November 2nd… Doogatron Album Release Nov 2nd @ Ziggy’s with Jason Hogans (aka brownstudy) Sleezy

“All The Fragile Pretty Things…” Listening To The New Album by Little Traps

Little Traps might trick you. The intonation of acoustic guitars, sanguine pedal steel, brushy drums and tender vocalizations will bring you in close, make you sit down cross legged and ready yourself for the understated swoon of endorphins typically triggered by “folk music.” And you lean in closer…, a bit closer still. And those lyrics hit

Muse Atelier Vintage At 336 S. Ashley In Ann Arbor

Muse Atelier Vintage, a boutique featuring unique clothing items, accessories, and original artwork, is now open at 336 S. Ashley in Ann Arbor.