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State processing first marijuana license applications

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The state is processing the first applications for medical marijuana licenses.

Another 400 or so businesses are in different stages of applying. Most are waiting on local approval before moving ahead with the state process.

David Harns is with the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

He says the new directive from the US Justice Department that clears the way for federal prosecutors to enforce marijuana laws will not affect the state’s licensing program.

“We’re going to continue accepting and processing applications. Nothing is going to change in that regard.”

Harns says the first licenses should be issued by the state’s medical marijuana licensing board in March or April. 

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.