San Diego has agreed to let 16 approved medical marijuana dispensaries expand their sales next year to recreational customers.
“It’s less about requiring a shutdown, which neither the board nor the department have the authority to do”.
“This approach will allow existing operations to wind down while also giving adequate time for patients to establish connections to caregivers to help ensure continuity of access”, LARA said in a statement.
One board member is continuing to express misgivings, saying that the shops are illegal and should be closed quickly.
This would mean that to be eligible for new licenses existing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries would need to shut down by a certain date and apply for a new license under the new system. The board won’t start accepting applications until December 15th.
News 10’s Rachael Schuit is following this story and will have all the answers tonight at 6 o’clock.
The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs sent the release out just hours before a scheduled board meeting during which officials are expected to explain the new rule and the regulatory structure it intends to implement.
Members of the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board have repeatedly made clear their view that such facilities are now illegal, pointing to a 2013 Michigan Supreme Court decision that the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act does not permit sales of marihuana other than from a caregiver to his or her maximum five formally connected patients.
As of 2016, there were 218,556 medical marijuana card-holders in the state of MI.