Shelly Edgerton, Director Of The Michigan Department Of Licensing And Regulation — Or Lara — Said She’d Talk About The State’s Impending Legalization Of Producing And Selling Medical Marijuana.

In 1933, Michigan became the first state to ratify the 21st Amendment, repealing alcohol Prohibition, after which the state had to decide who’d get licenses to produce or sell beer, wine and liquor, Rosentreter said. Marijuana amounts to a new cash crop for farmers, he said.  “We’re a great agricultural state. We could add marijuana to apples and peaches,” Rosentreter said. Shelly Edgerton, director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation (LARA) Michigan’s top state regulator is to be a big attraction at Sunday’s event at Detroit’s Atheneum Hotel. Shelly Edgerton, director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation — or LARA — said she’d talk about the state’s impending legalization of producing and selling medical marijuana. Until now, Michigan’s operators of medical-marijuana sales outlets, called dispensaries, marketed the drug only in counties where authorities have turned a blind eye, since there was no state law specifically allowing dispensaries to operate. In some counties, police have raided the outlets and arrested employees. That’s soon to change. A law passed last year lets LARA start accepting applications for business licenses on Dec. 15, then begin issuing the licenses in 2018 to dispensary operators and to four other sectors of Michigan’s supply chain, as defined by state lawmakers: the growers, transporters, processors and testers of medical marijuana. To create mounds of licensing rules within the lawmakers’ one-year time frame, “We’re going as fast as we can and as hard as we can,” Edgerton said Thursday.

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