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State determining best way forward in wake of order to keep medical marijuana shops open

The marijuana plants were grown in Lenawee County.

The state is trying to figure out the “best way forward” for medical marijuana patients and shops. A judge ordered the state to allow all medical marijuana dispensaries to stay open while they wait for their licenses to be approved by a state board.

Attorney Denise Pollicella represents Montrowe dispensary.

“This has been nothing but a roller coaster ride and it’s gotten higher and steeper,” she says. “I have every confidence that that ruling’s going to stay and it’s going to stick and that facilities that are open and operating, as long as they’re diligently trying to get licensed, should have no problem doing that.”

The state said some shops could stay open while they wait for their license to be approved. But about 100 shops would have had to close by September 15th

The deadline for licensing has been a moving target – in part because the state hasn’t gotten through the applications fast enough.

The newest deadline is December 15th. Pollicella says she thinks that will be enough time for the state to get through all of the pending licenses.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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