Deadline looms for prospective medical marijuana facilities

The deadline is just days away for medical marijuana facility operators currently operating with local approval to apply for a license.

Applications are due by Feb. 15 for prospective licensees, who must be operating within the boundaries of a municipality that has adopted an authorizing ordinance. Along with a complete prequalification application, an attestation affirming local approval of the temporary operation must be submitted.

Rules to regulate the temporary operation of the facilities, in limited circumstances, were issued in December by the state’s department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The rules require proposed facilities that have been operating with local approval must shut down if:

• A completed prequalification application – including the local attestation form – is not turned into LARA by Feb. 15, 2018.

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• The applicant has been denied state licensure.

• The applicant has not been issued a state license by June 15, 2018.

Failure to comply could result in denial of licensure, and is grounds for disciplinary action and referral to law enforcement for unlicensed activity. Unlicensed activity may be forwarded to the Michigan State Police and the attorney general.

Operating licenses are expected to be issued beginning in April.

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