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Michigan picks up pace of reviewing and awarding marijuana business licenses

Since the Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board was abolished at the end of April, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency has dramatically picked up the pace of reviewing business applications.

In May, the first full month of taking over licensing responsibilities, the MRA reviewed, and either approved, denied or gave preliminary approval to 213 license applications. In contrast, the licensing board, which was abolished earlier this year by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, was considering an average of 95 applications a month.

As the state’s legal marijuana market for adult recreational use starts later this year, quick and efficient licensing will ensure that the market succeeds and thrives, MRA director Andrew Brisbo said Thursday, after the first public meeting of the MRA. 

“Having all the key decisions made within one agency positions us to make efficient decisions and to be flexible in this new environment where things are changing rapidly,” he said.

The board, which only met once a month, came under frequent criticism for its inconsistency and slow pace in considering license applications. The MRA, by contrast, has been able to consider license applications as they come in. [Read more at Detroit Free Press]

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