Dozens of unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries that were forced to close at the beginning of the year by Michigan regulators have received permission to reopen due to a shortage of legal cannabis in the state. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board voted 4-0 on Wednesday to allow those provisioning centers, as they are officially known, that are in the process of applying for a license from the state to resume operations until March 31.
On January 1, state officials closed 72 unlicensed dispensaries across the state and placed restrictions on medical marijuana caregivers supplying product to the industry. The actions have caused product shortages and a spike in cannabis prices at licensed dispensaries. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called on the board to address the shortages in a press release on Tuesday.
“We have heard from Michiganders closely affected by the ongoing transition to licensed marijuana facilities,” Whitmer said. “It is important that we ensure that patients have access to their medicine while the medical marijuana industry continues to develop.”
Robin Schneider, the executive director of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association, said on Tuesday that his group was working with the government to find a solution to the shortage.
“With almost no access left to medicine