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I'm curious to know if anyone heard any news from this meeting or came across a better summary of its content. I read that hundreds showed up and the members were caught off guard. Unfortunately since the site was under construction I couldn't see if anyone was talking about it.  

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Cheyna Roth? @Cheyna_R  Jun 26
 MJ License Board: Some people are leaving after they make their comment, but more people keep coming in.

 Cheyna Roth? @Cheyna_R  Jun 26
 MJ Board: Presentations over and most people left mtg. JK - they're here for public comment which starts shortly. Limit to 3 min

 Cheyna Roth? @Cheyna_R  Jun 26
 MJ Board: Primer on FOIA over, now on to ex parte communication. People standing against the walls - all seats full.

 Cheyna Roth? @Cheyna_R  Jun 26
 Waiting for the first Medical Marijuana Licensing board meeting to begin. So far 10 min late and people still coming in. Going to be packed.

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Thanks for the info, t-pain. After researching some of the names listed by the guy wearing the flag shirt, I found this article from March highlighting how the chiefs of staff of the House and Senate judiciary committee members responsible for writing the trio of bills started lobbying for them afterwards.



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Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Meets 
Posted on June 28, 2017 by Kyle M. Asher, R. Lance Boldrey 

On Monday, June 26, 2017, Dykema attorneys were present as Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board conducted its first public meeting in Lansing, Michigan. This meeting was the first time that members of the public had the opportunity to address the newly-appointed Board, and marijuana industry advocates and participants took full advantage, overflowing the G. Mennen Williams Building’s auditorium.

At the outset of the meeting, Board Chairman and former Michigan House Speaker Rick Johnson made clear that the inaugural meeting would not be a question and answer session, but that the Board would listen to public comment as its members continue to learn about the issues that lie ahead. Members of the public to address the Board included attorneys, dispensary owners, caregivers, patients, and township trustees, who collectively voiced varying concerns about the uncertainty in the medical marihuana field that will continue to exist until the rulemaking process concludes.

From the activist community, some speakers criticized the composition of the Board, questioning both the political make-up (appointees include only Republicans and Independents) and the fact that Board member Don Bailey is a retired Michigan State Police Trooper with a history of drug enforcement work. (Board member David LaMontaine is also a police officer, and a law enforcement background is hardly unheard of on a regulatory board—the Executive Director of Michigan’s Gaming Control Board was a longtime officer with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.)

Toward the end of the meeting, Mr. Bailey explained that marijuana obviously involves law enforcement issues, causing some consternation when he offered the observation that the Board may have trouble believing potential licensees who had failed to comply with the current Michigan Medical Marihuana Act would comply with the new law going forward. He also noted that going forward, the Board’s duty is to follow and apply the law, not personal views. Other members of the Board echoed comments demonstrating that they are eager to hear and learn from the public. Chairman Johnson encouraged members in the audience to continue to make their voices heard and to work together with the Board as the process unfolds.

Chairman Johnson concluded by indicating that there would be “at least” one public meeting between June and October of this year. As we have written previously, the timelines in Michigan’s rulemaking process will force the State to promulgate emergency rules to be able to comply with the law’s December 15, 2017 date for accepting licensure applications. Because emergency rules can only extend for one year, we expect the State to begin work on promulgating final rules nearly simultaneously.

Check back with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates regarding future Board meetings and other news relating to the rulemaking process.


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