Michigan medical marijuana board inundated with applications before deadlinePosted by On

With applications for 118 marijuana business licenses up for consideration, including many of the dispensaries facing a March 31 deadline, the board faced its biggest agenda since it began meeting last May. And it was a bittersweet moment for the five-member board, which will most likely be abolished on April 30 in favor of a new state agency — the Marijuana Regulatory Agency — making the decisions on who will and won’t get a license.

“I’ve had enough, to be honest with you,” said former Speaker of the House Rick Johnson, R-Leroy, who is the chairman of the board. “But what we’ve done to this point is create a good, solid foundation.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order earlier this month to abolish the board and have the same state bureaucracy make regulatory and licensing decisions for both the ongoing medical marijuana and the recreational marijuana market,…

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