Michigan Judge Blocks Officials From Closing Unlicensed Cannabis Dispensaries
Michigan regulators keep trying to shut down the state’s unlicensed medical cannabis businesses. But Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello keeps blocking them. On Thursday, Judge Borrello signed his latest restraining order against the enforcement of a dispensary licensing deadline. Since regulators began attempting to curtail unlicensed dispensary operations in September 2018, the deadline has been pushed back several times.
Michigan Court Blocks “Drop Dead” Date for Unlicensed Provisioning Centers
March 31, 2019 was supposed to be a final deadline for Michigan’s unlicensed dispensary owners to either submit an application for a”provisioning center” license or shut down. State regulators called the deadline a “drop-dead date,” a stricter approach Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said was necessary in the face of additional pressure and scrutiny facing regulators over the sale of untested medical cannabis products.
Despite previous repeated attempts to enforce similar deadlines, dispensaries have sued and won injunctions against state-enforced shutdowns. Tuesday’s ruling keeps their winning streak alive, pushing back the licensing deadline for two more weeks. In other words, unlicensed medical cannabis dispensaries can still operate under the emergency rules set up last year.
Yet state officials and patients are growing increasingly concerned that those emergency rules aren’t doing enough