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From our State Capitol in Lansing to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, WKAR is committed to explaining how the actions of lawmakers are affecting Michiganders. Political and government reporter Abigail Censky leads this section. There are also stories from Capitol correspondents Cheyna Roth, Rick Pluta and the Associated Press. As the 2020 presidential race begins, look here for reports on the role Michigan will play in electing or re-electing the president.

Gov. Whitmer, Citing 'Inefficiencies,' Reshapes Pot Licensing

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is abolishing Michigan's medical marijuana licensing board and folding its functions into a newly created regulatory agency.

The Democrat issued an executive order Friday to create the Marijuana Regulatory Agency.

She says her order will "eliminate inefficiencies that have made it difficult to meet the needs of Michigan's medical marijuana patients."

The board has been criticized as too slow to issue licenses to businesses following a law that instituted a tiered regulatory system. Whitmer's order will take effect April 30 unless it is rejected by the Republican-led Legislature.

Whitmer says she received "productive input" from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey on the issue.

The new agency also will oversee licensing in the recreational marijuana market after voters' approval last fall of recreational pot use.

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