Pot shop closes as state targets dispensaries by Michael Gerstein, Det News 9/8/17

Despite Bailey’s claim that current dispensaries are illegal, the state has allowed such businesses to operate under the radar since Michigan voters approved a referendum in 2008 to allow marijuana for medical use.

A spokesman for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs previously declined to say whether the state Medical Marihuana Licensing Board or LARA have the authority to close them. But the department can issue “emergency rules.”

Matthew Abel, a criminal defense lawyer in Detroit who specializes in marijuana cases, said the board does not have the authority to shut down dispensaries.

“They don’t have that authority. This isn’t a matter of opinion,” he said. “They’re not a law enforcement body.” For more info:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/09/08/pot-shop-closes-michigan/105392666/

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