The last 48 hours have been very busy for folks who are trying to get licensed under the new Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act.
Yesterday, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation made very clear that they were not going to extend the licensing deadline of June 15, 2018, regarding shut down of facilities that have not been approved for State Licenses.
The BMMR made very clear that they did not care whether or not a facility has been approved to operate by a municipality or not.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR STATE LICENSE TO OPERATE BY JUNE 15, 2018 AND YOU ARE PRESENTLY OPERATING YOU WILL HAVE TO SHUT DOWN.
Yes, there are consequences. If you decide that you are going to ignore the June 15, 2018 date, and continue to operate until the State approves your license, you are putting your applicant status at risk.
In an advisory bulleting published today by the Bureau of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the BMMR, if you operate after June 15, 2018, without State approval, even if your application is pending, the State will look adversely upon that, and may use that as a reason to deny your application, or substantially delay it.
While the State has indicated that it will approve some permits before June 15, 2018, they are also not going to speed up the process simply because the deadline is impending.
If you want to ensure that you are going to get your application approved timely, review the latest BMMR Advisory Bulletin at the link below, and make sure that you have talked to a Michigan Marijuana Attorney who is familiar with the statutes, emergency rules, and local ordinances that are associated with those applications, and who can help guide you through the process.