After a long-winded battle between local medical cannabis dispensaries and Michigan’s state regulatory agency, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Agency (LARA), the conflict between lawmakers and distributors may be coming to a close. Over the course of several months, LARA officials have been feverishly attempting to close provisioning facilities (dispensaries) that have not yet been granted licenses from the Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board (MMMLB). Listing a deadline of June 15, 2018, both organizations tried to shut down these facilities. However, on October 31, Judge Stephen Borello prohibited all attempts to create further deadlines before the upcoming election, meaning the Michigan dispensaries can stay open for the time being. Let’s take a closer look at this new development in the Wolverine State.
Overall, this marks the second time that Judge Borello has been forced to place a restraining order against LARA’s imposing deadlines. As a whole, this order ensures the dispensaries will stay open (mostly) until the upcoming election on November 6. However, by November 9, the state could receive an entirely new perspective on the cannabis plant thanks to voters.
At this time, Proposal 1, which will allow adults (21 and older) to grow, possess, and purchase cannabis in the State of Michigan, has shown great support from legal voters. In fact, a poll conducted by Epic MRA (for WOOD TV8 in Grand Rapids) determined that 56% of Michigan voters have shown approval for the legalization of the drug, in contrast to 41% of people who do not support marijuana.
Importance of Young Voters
Recently, Richard Czuba (pollster for Glengariff Group) has emphasized the importance of the presence of young people at these polls. In fact, if young voters do not provide a large turnout on election day, the race to legalize recreational weed in Michigan could be much closer than lawmakers anticipated. On the other hand, Healthy and Productive Michigan (a group that opposes marijuana) has been releasing TV ads that attack the cannabis industry after corporate groups and out-of-state organizations donated six-figure amounts to the cause, making the situation even more critical.
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