An Update On Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Licensing Process

Aug 13, 2018

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A state board has approved 16 medical marijuana licenses.  Licenses have been approved at all stages of the medical marijuana system– from dispensaries to testing labs.  But, there’s been some concern about having enough pot shops open for patients.

Starting September 15th, any dispensary that doesn’t have a license will have to close.

David Harns is a spokesperson for the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation.  He says once the deadline hits, there should be enough open dispensaries to meet the need.

“When they get up and running, they need to make sure that they follow the rules, deliver safe product to the end users because that’s the ultimate goal.”

Harns says, right now, two-thirds of medical marijuana card holders live within 30 miles of a facility that has been approved for a license.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at