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Criminal Justice & Legal System

State determining best way forward in wake of order to keep medical marijuana shops open

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The marijuana plants were grown in Lenawee County.

The state is trying to figure out the “best way forward” for medical marijuana patients and shops. A judge ordered the state to allow all medical marijuana dispensaries to stay open while they wait for their licenses to be approved by a state board.

Attorney Denise Pollicella represents Montrowe dispensary.

“This has been nothing but a roller coaster ride and it’s gotten higher and steeper,” she says. “I have every confidence that that ruling’s going to stay and it’s going to stick and that facilities that are open and operating, as long as they’re diligently trying to get licensed, should have no problem doing that.”

The state said some shops could stay open while they wait for their license to be approved. But about 100 shops would have had to close by September 15th

The deadline for licensing has been a moving target – in part because the state hasn’t gotten through the applications fast enough.

The newest deadline is December 15th. Pollicella says she thinks that will be enough time for the state to get through all of the pending licenses.

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