LANSING, Michigan — Michigan Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello issued an injunction on Thursday that saved the closure of 98 medical marijuana facilities in Michigan.
Borrello’s brief ruling ordered the state to extend the deadline to Dec. 15 for all facilities temporarily operating under emergency rules and stop “treating temporarily operating medical marijuana businesses differently based on whether the business filed a Step 2 application more than 90 days in the past.”
Businesses that filed a pre-qualification application by Feb. 15 could continue operating without a license through June 15 under the initial rules. That deadline later was pushed to Sept. 15, then Dec. 15.
The injunction — issued in response to a claim filed by attorney Denise Pollicella on behalf of Montrowe LLC — came as some medical marijuana provisioning centers pleaded with the state to reconsider its new emergency rules that would force their shutdown. They argued that municipal delays prevented their filing of applications by June 15.