Judge Blocks Shutdown Of Nearly 100 Michigan Marijuana Businesses

This Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 photo shows a budding marijuana plant within weeks of the harvest at SLOgrown Genetics in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, California. On Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 a Michigan judge halted plans by state regulators that would have shuttered nearly 100 medical marijuana businesses as part of a newly approved set of licensing rules. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge has halted plans by state regulators that would have shuttered nearly 100 medical marijuana businesses as part of a newly approved set of licensing rules .

Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello granted an injunction Thursday that was requested by a lawyer for a medical marijuana business. The state is complying with the judge’s order while determining the best way to proceed.

Regulators on Tuesday extended the deadline to Dec. 15 for medical marijuana businesses to be licensed, allowing 108 facilities to continue operating while warning that 98 others would be issued cease-and-desist letters. Borrello’s order tells the state to allow all to keep operating.

It was the third time the licensing deadline has been extended or softened as Michigan more tightly regulates the medical marijuana industry.


 

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