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Marijuana Board to Hold First Meeting


The board overseeing new state’s new medical marijuana program meets for the first time today. 

The new program was adopted by the Legislature to fix problems and confusion after Michigan voters approved medical marijuana in 2008.

Andrew Brisbo heads the agency that oversees the new medical marijuana program. He says the board will make sure patients, growers, and retailers follow the rules but will not start issuing licenses to them until next year.

He says the meeting will give the public a chance to be heard on how the program should be managed.  

“So they have the responsibility to issue licenses and to levy discipline against licensees, so on and so forth,” Brisbo said.

This is the first meeting for the board to come together, introduce themselves to the public and the stakeholder groups that are interested in this new industry in Michigan.


Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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