Long wait for medical marijuana facilities licenses; Few communities have acted to allow them

His building is fully renovated. He has employees who want to start working, a grower lined up to supply the product, and patients eagerly anticipating opening day.

Millen is ready. Greenhouse is ready.

But there’s a glitch.

The state has yet to issue any licenses for growers, processors, transporters, provisioning centers, or safety compliance centers since the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act took effect.

Signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in September 2016, the act had an effective date of Dec. 20 of that year, but also had a built-in 360-day delay to allow the state time to put the regulatory structure in place, meaning no one could apply for a license before Dec.15, 2017. Once the state started accepting applications late last year, April 2018 was the estimated time when the first licenses would be issued.

David Harns, spokesman for the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, cites a “large learning curve” for the lengthy and detailed process leading to licensure as reason for the delay. But, he said, progress is being made and will continue.

“This is all new to everyone…we’re doing the best we can to get through all applications, and we’ve been able to find our stride recently, to get through the process,” he said.

So Millen waits. And waits.

“I’m kind of just in the queue. I’m being patient about it, am doing everything the right way,” Millen said. “And I know this is a process, not a sprint. But I’d love it if they’d figure out a way to expedite this – we’re all ready to go. We’re ready to rock and roll.”

Complex Process

Along with establishing multiple license categories for medical marijuana facilities, the act also established a two-tiered licensing process, requires background checks and a certain

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