Medical Marijuana Licensing Board to review state license applications as deadline looms

Lansing, Mich. - Michigan's Medical Marijuana Licensing Board will be deciding Monday whether or not to approve state licenses for operating businesses as well as pre-qualifications for businesses looking to open in the future.

If owners with operating medical marijuana stores don't get a state license by September 15th, they must close down or risk prosecution and never getting a license ever.

The board will be looking at more than 50 businesses Monday that have applied for pre-qualifications which includes a background investigation. 

After the board approves the businesses for the pre-qualifications, then they must go back and get approval from their municipality.

Some businesses that have been operating under emergency rules are also hoping to get their state license.

David Harns, a spokesperson for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said that the majority of the 50 businesses that have applied have not opened yet so they cannot be at risk of shutting down.

FOX 47 News' Carla Bayron did try to see how many businesses in Mid-Michigan have applied for a state license but LARA could not release that information.

The board meeting will be held at 9:30 AM at The Williams Building in downtown Lansing, 525 W Ottawa St. The public will be allowed to comment at the end of the meeting.