State Reverses Decision, Now Allowing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Stay Open

Michigan medical marijuana patients’ voices were heard. The state now reversing a big decision.

Wednesday, the state announced it will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to stay open while they apply for a license.

The State Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs previously ordered all Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries to close before December 15 if they wanted to apply for a license under new state laws.

Now, the reversal allows many of those shops to re-open if they follow an authorizing ordinance.

“Very happy, everyone is very, very happy. Makes a big, big difference. We were all worried,” said Summer Mullins, a medical marijuana patient.

Medical marijuana patients and dispensaries feeling a little optimistic tonight after the state says it will allow many shops to re-open, or stay open.

“Your voices were heard, so I want them to keep speaking. I want them to keep speaking up, I want them to tell their stories, I want legislatures to hear what this does for you,” says Misty Cassell, clinical director at Chronic Center.

The Chronic Center in Traverse City almost came to an immediate halt in business when all of the area dispensaries were raided and shut down last month.

“We saw patients that had cards, that came up for renewal and felt “well why should I renew my card if I don’t have safe access,” explains Cassell.

Even with the reversal, Cassell believes many will keep their doors shut. “I would say probably half I would probably say half. I think some of them will go ahead and play it on the safe side. So I think the access will still be a bit limited,” says Cassell.

But patients like Mullins hope they’ll open. “Give the people that really need it access to the medication. No one knows where to go or what to do now, so at least now they can stock up and get something until they can get into a licensed facility,” explains Mullins.

Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries will have the opportunity to apply for a state license on December 15.

“I’m really hoping that the state changes their fees structure and allows these folks to be able to operate,” says Cassell.