The state of Michigan will be opening up its medical marijuana business to mega growers.

According to an advisory that was released this week, big-time grow operations will be ale to get licenses.

The Legislature that passed medical marijuana bills in 2017 created three classes of licenses. There is a Class A license which allows up to 500 plants. A Class B license, which allows up to 1,000 plants, and a Class C license that allows up to 1,500 plants.

The advisory ruled this week that a person or business may apply for a many Class C licenses as they want.

State department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) spokesman David Harns, commented, “The stacking of class C grow licenses is a more efficient way for LARA (the state department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) to keep track of large grows in the state. Stacking will also allow businesses to operate more efficiently, which in turn will allow for a better consumer experience.”

While big operations are happy with this, smaller growers aren’t so thrilled.

Jason Durham grows medicinal marijuana for five patients and wants to be awarded a Class C license for up to 500 plants. He has said, “They’re doing everything they can do to shut down the mom and pops.”

“They want it to be one corporation that has control so they only have to babysit and monitor one business.”

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