LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Up to 250 medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan may have to close their doors until the end of the year.

Michigan’s medical marijuana board is meeting Tuesday to receive guidance on its authority to close dispensaries until the state begins issuing licenses under a new regulatory system.

Some board members expressed a desire to shut the shops at a meeting last month, sparking concerns from patients and others. The board will reconvene Tuesday near Lansing to hear from the state’s Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, which has been meeting with the state attorney general’s office on regulating such businesses.

Starting in mid-December, medical marijuana businesses will be able to apply for licenses to operate. But some board members say existing dispensaries, many of which have been open for years, are illegal under a Michigan Supreme Court ruling and should be closed until licensing begins.

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  1. Who is against cannabis legalization in our nation today? Why do they want to keep cannabis illegal? The answer is easy and has nothing to do with public safety, just follow the money!

    * Politicians corrupted by money from corporations against cannabis legalization
    * Drug cartels and organized crime will lose $100,000,000,000 (100 BILLION) in cannabis sales forever in favor of legitimate business, regulation and taxation.
    * Corrupt DEA officials afraid of losing their jobs.
    * Court forced cannabis rehab centers will go out of business.
    * Police and Private prisons will lose federal grant money and up to 30% of their drug related “customers”. Well known contributors to anti legalization efforts.
    * Big pharmaceutical corporations are scared witless that cannabis will replace their multi-billion dollar addictive stranglehold on the US public because cannabis works better and has no physical addiction. Well known contributors to anti legalization efforts.
    * The alcoholic beverage industries are the largest financial lobby against cannabis legalization. They know cannabis is safer and less toxic than booze and it is already being used as an alternative by millions of American citizens.

    Legalization seems like a slam dunk considering the relative safety records of cannabis, booze and tobacco. Cannabis with zero toxic fatalities and almost no statistical record of traffic accidents, versus alcohol and tobacco which kill over 500,000 US citizens annually plus another 16,000 in traffic deaths from booze intoxicated drivers. Makes you wonder if our politicians and lawmakers answer to “we the people” or the corporations and criminals listed above.

    Legalize, regulate and TAX!

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