In a business-buoying flip-flop, Michigan regulators said that existing medical marijuana dispensaries can stay open while seeking a state license as long as they have been operating with the approval of their communities.
State regulators had given dispensaries until Dec. 15 to close or risk being denied a license for defying the command to shut down. But that edict sparked a backlash from patients, shop owners and others.
The state intends to issue emergency rules later this month allowing certain dispensaries to remain open.
MMJ dispensaries that have been operating under local ordinances since before Dec. 15 must