Michigan’s Governor Signs Executive Order Abolishing Cannabis Licensing Board

The state Legislature can still veto the order

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday abolishing the board that approves or denies applications for licenses for medical marijuana businesses.

The action comes as the volunteer board has struggled to consider license applications in a timely manner, effectively stalling a fully viable medical marijuana market at a time when the much bigger recreational weed business is just around the corner.

A new entity within the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs — the Marijuana Regulatory Agency — will take over licensing, handling licenses for both the medical and the recreational markets. Under the executive order, the board will be abolished effective April 30.

While the state Legislature can veto the order, Whitmer reached out to the leadership in both the House and the Senate before issuing it. 

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