Michigan Regulators Brace Themselves for Rush of Medical Marijuana Applications – News

Michigan regulators are bracing themselves for a flood of applications from entrepreneurs hoping to become a part of the state’s fledgling medical cannabis industry. The state licensing department will begin offering applications to dispensaries, cultivation facilities, processors, testing facilities, and transportation services as of December 15th. The Michigan Medical Licensing Board expects to begin granting these licenses to the winning applicants early next year.

Shelley Edgerton, director of the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, recently spoke at a public meeting to answer questions posed by individuals interested in getting involved in the lucrative new industry. “We may have 50 [applications]. We may have 1,500. We may have 5,000,” she told the audience, according to Detroit Free Press. “But we’ve had close to 1,000 people who have signed up for our training. So we envision a large number of applicants on the first day.”

One of the most pressing concerns addressed at the meeting was the fate of the state’s current medical cannabis dispensaries, which will be forced to close until the state grants them their new licenses. Under Michigan’s…

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