More than 60 businesses up for approval by MMFLA Licensing Board
EXPECT A MONDAY MORNING TRAFFIC JAM
BY Rick Thompson/9/7/2018
More than 60 businesses are up for consideration on Monday by Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act’s Licensing Board.
In the pre-qualification phase of the licensing process, 30 licenses will be reviewed on Monday, including 18 license applications from one business entity. The Oasis group, which is the cannabis industry arm of the Wild Bill’s Tobacco empire, has designs on businesses across Michigan including four licenses sought in Bangor Township; five licenses sought in Lansing; two licenses sought in Bay City; one each in Niles, Adrian, Sturgis, Kalamazoo, Walled Lake and Battle Creek. One license application from Oasis does not have a location designated.
Thirty one businesses are up for final approval of their licenses. In the mix are three processors; nineteen provisioning center hopefuls; two Class A (500 plant) and four Class C (1,500 plant) cultivation licenses; one secure transport applicant; and two safety compliance center applications.
The meeting will take place at 9:30 am on Monday September 10 in the auditorium at the Williams Building, 525 West Ottawa Street in Lansing.
The meeting comes against a backdrop of anxiety as a September 15 deadline looms ever closer. Over 200 businesses currently operate in Michigan as applicants, granted the authority to conduct business before they receive full approval by a special endorsement of the MMFLA’s Emergency Rules. That endorsement expires on the 15th and at that time all businesses conducting commerce without a full license must cease operation.
That idling of industry is referred to as a ‘hard reset’, an event of consequence which leaves patients without a brick-and-mortar source of medicinal cannabis; the hard reset would saddle employees and business owners with a suspension of income that may bankrupt individual businesses.
Citizen input is allowed at the meeting, and many patients are expected to attend and express themselves.