Michigan recently required all medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the state to shut down and re-apply for their licenses. But now the state is dragging its feet in actually approving those applications.
The state of Michigan has approved zero applications for new medical marijuana licenses after requiring all dispensaries to close last year. The Michigan Medical Licensing Board voted 2-2 on two applications in its last meeting, which meant neither dispensary was approved. Over 400 businesses have applied for licenses from the state, more than 140 of which also have community approval which is a necessary requirement for starting a dispensary.
This whole debacle is also noteworthy because Michigan already had a thriving medical marijuana industry. The state has the second most medical marijuana patients in the country, behind California, and many had easy access to cannabis. But in 2016, the state legislature decided to pass a bill requiring all dispensaries to re-apply for state licenses because Michigan wasn't making any tax revenue of medicinal cannabis sales.
Since then, most of the state's dispensaries have been forced to close, leaving patients with very few options to receive cannabis. And at the rate the government is currently acting, they probably won't receive more options in the near future.