Recreational pot business license application schedule moved up

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FILE – This Sept. 11, 2018, file photo shows a marijuana plant in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, Calif. California legislators are considering a plan to encourage more banks to do business with its legal marijuana industry. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Michigan regulators will start accepting recreational marijuana business licenses as early as this September, officials said Tuesday.

It’s three months ahead of schedule for the state. Retail marijuana sales won’t happen right away as officials review license applications.

According to our media partners at MLive, the announcement comes on a new day for marijuana regulation in Michigan: the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation became the Marijuana Regulatory Agency Tuesday as a result of an executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

“I’m confident that the MRA is prepared to implement a fair and effective regulatory structure that protects Michiganders while providing an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to thrive,” Whitmer said in a statement. 

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