The Medical Marijuana Licensing Board is expected to start issuing licenses in December.
One board member is continuing to express misgivings, saying that the shops are illegal and should be closed quickly.
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But dispensaries have been allowed to operate unofficially, under the radar and with unclear guidelines about what is or isn't permissible under the state's medical marijuana law.
This story was updated at 3:15 p.m.
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This would mean that to be eligible for new licenses existing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries would need to shut down by a certain date and apply for a new license under the new system. Thanks to a partnership with a Colorado-based credit union and a mobile banking app, businesses and patients in the 50th state will be able to circumvent the industry's long-standing, federally forced cash-only business model.
The announcement comes after board member Donald Bailey, a retired Michigan State Police sergeant, called for existing dispensaries to be shuttered during a Medical Marihuana Board Meeting in late August.
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The board will reconvene Tuesday at the Eagle Eye Conference Center at Hawk Hollow in Bath to hear from the state's Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, which has been consulting with the state attorney general's office. Many potential applicants have argued that the existing dispensaries should not receive a competitive advantage for violating state law, and that by demonstrating contempt for the current law, they are showing that they are unlikely to comply with legal requirements going forward.