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Michigan Orders 210 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Close

March 29, 2018
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators said Thursday that they ordered the closure of 210 medical marijuana businesses over a two-week period, largely because their owners failed to apply for a state license by a mid-February deadline or did not receive authorization from their municipalities.

Most of the shops — 158 — were in Detroit. Authorities also hand-delivered orders to eight businesses in Lansing, seven in Flint, five in Gaylord, three each in Ann Arbor and Battle Creek, and smaller numbers elsewhere.

Shops that did not close immediately could be denied a license down the line if they apply, be referred to local, state or federal law enforcement, or face other penalties or sanctions.

“If they feel like they received a letter in error, we obviously have an open form of communication with them.”
David Harns, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

“We had our team scour publicly available information to create a list and then we cross-referenced it with those who did turn in applications,” said David Harns, spokesman for the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which includes the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation.

The cease-and-desist orders come as the state continues the process of more tightly regulating the medical cannabis industry under a 2016 law that aimed in part to address confusion surrounding the legality of dispensary shops that opened after voters in 2008 authorized marijuana for medical use. The new law includes a 3 percent tax on provisioning centers.

Initial licenses to grow, process, sell, transport or test cannabis will be issued by June 15.


Michigan Shutters 40 Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Businesses

Some 215 businesses that submitted a prequalification license application had the appropriate sign-off from a local clerk attesting that they can operate temporarily while awaiting a state license.

Harns said the 210 shops that were ordered to close did not apply for a license, applied too late, submitted an application without their municipality’s blessing or possibly filled out some information incorrectly.

“If it’s considered an incomplete application, it can possibly be fixed,” he said. “Our team is receiving phone calls from people who have questions about this. … If they feel like they received a letter in error, we obviously have an open form of communication with them.”

Roughly 277,000 patients are registered with the state to grow their own cannabis or obtain it from 43,000 registered caregivers who can supply a limited number of people.

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  • 360dunk

    Hey Michigan, maybe cities like Detroit are swimming in so much surplus cash that they don’t really need cannabis tax revenue? Guess you didn’t notice how Colorado and Nevada are pouring millions into their public schools and parks with their new-found revenue source.

    Explain to your citizens why you are working against the cannabis industry, instead of rolling out the red carpet. Stop with the vindictive dispensary closures and figure out how to make this work. You fools are delaying the inevitable and it’s costing you big time.

    • C Gosnell

      Well, common sense is a rare thing these days so it isn’t all that surprising really.

      • Jeffrey Aston

        Common sense it not too common these days.

        • C Gosnell

          It’s become so rare it’s nearing myth status.

    • Jocelyn Winston

      Awesome! Share the wealth and stop being greedy. It’s enough for everyone

  • Cj Ruddy

    Pharmaceutical industry probably paid off officials to close them down to force patients to pay for addictive painkillers that don’t work. It’s always about the money not the people.

    • C Gosnell

      Long standing tagline of pharmaceutical companies, there’s no real money in curing but big money in maintenance though.

    • Jocelyn Winston


  • gary west

    There fools that need the boot just remember who they are come voting time

    • Jocelyn Winston

      You are so right!

  • Auryan

    At face value….I applaud the state for taking action. No where did I read that they could not re-apply in the future. Oregon just did a state wide underage sting program to see how many minors where getting access. The percent was low like 10% non compliance…and that met with a warning. Then they re did it and came out 100% compliance. With weed still federally illegal…anyone who wishes to get into it needs to be upfront perfect. And this was the actual licencing????? How obnoxious Michigan. What did you all think would happen?

  • Dale Lewis

    Get the rat bastard Republicans out of Lansing! They’re so much better at poisoning water, than they are are “governing”… bought and paid for vermin, starting with the puke sitting in the Governor’s chair… who should be hanging from a noose, for crimes against the people of Flint.

  • Jocelyn Winston

    They simply don’t want the hemp industry to make pharm companies look bad. Smdh f’ng control freaks at best

  • CLK1

    WHO cares what MI does, they are just another Medical MMJ state, so what???