Judge Stops MI Regulators From Enforcing Medical Cannabis Licensing Deadline
Written by: Jeff Smith – Marijuana Business Daily
A judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order preventing Michigan from closing dozens of medical marijuana businesses that don’t have a license under the state’s new regulatory framework.
The order comes just a day after the state’s regulators said they planned to begin delivering cease-and-desist letters on Nov. 1 to businesses that continue to operate without having received a license.
Michigan Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello wrote the plaintiffs in the case are likely to succeed in their argument that the state’s decision to shorten the licensing deadline from Dec. 15 to Oct. 31 was “arbitrary and capricious.”
The judge has ordered state regulators to appear at a Nov. 9 hearing to show otherwise.
It’s unclear how many medical marijuana companies currently are operating without a new license, but roughly 215 MMJ businesses had approval earlier this year to temporarily operate, after more than 200 others were shut down.
Of that 215, some have received a permanent license, others have been denied one, while many remain in the application process, state MMJ program spokesman David Harns wrote in an email to Marijuana Business Daily.
Here’s the latest information on what is happening in the state: