Michigan Struggles To Finish Medical Marijuana Applications

May 1, 2018

People who want a license to grow or sell medical marijuana in Michigan have yet more confusing circumstances to deal with when it comes to getting licensed.


The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation says it’ll give shops a pass if they don’t have a license in hand by a June 15 deadline. As long as their applications are pending.

But here’s the thing: The board that’s reviewing those applications could withhold licenses from those very shops if they opt to stay open past the deadline.

Andrew Brisbo  is the director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation.

“We emphasized from the beginning that early submission and complete submission would be critical for timely licensure," said Brisbo.

Brisbo says Michigan could see its first licensed medical marijuana business up and running within the next month to month-and-a-half.

There are more than 300 pending applications that are supposed to be dealt with by the June deadline. 

“We emphasized from the beginning that early submission and complete submission would be critical for timely licensure,” said Brisbo.

Brisbo says Michigan could see its first licensed medical marijuana business up and running within the next month to month-and-a-half.

There are more than 300 pending applications that are supposed to be dealt with by the June deadline.