Unlicensed medical marijuana shops in Michigan will very likely need to obtain licenses once the state government establishes a process. The latest vote in the House of Representatives on the matter set a deadline of June 1 for unlicensed sellers to close if they wanted to qualify for a medical marijuana selling permit.

The House bill passed by a huge majority, 102-4, and now must be reviewed and voted on by the Senate. The bill calls for unlicensed businesses that fail to shutdown by the June deadline to suffer a penalty that blocks them from getting licenses for at least one year.

A judge blocked the enforcement of a similar March 31 deadline with a temporary restraining order. This action continued a string of deadline extensions for shop owners. Legal delays have emerged as regulators ask for more time to sort through concerns about the future licensing process. Pressure to keep unlicensed shops open has also arisen from worries about patients losing access to their medicine.

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Source: Marijuana Business Daily, “Michigan lawmakers set June 1 medical cannabis licensing deadline“, April 19, 2019