ANN ARBOR, MI – The Washtenaw County Circuit Court has granted an Ann Arbor cannabis shop temporary permission to sell products.
ArborSide, 1818 Packard St., did not possess a state certification to sell adult-use or medicinal cannabis products prior to the court’s Thursday, March 26 ruling, according to the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
The store was denied a license on Jan. 27 by the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency, which equates to the state trying to shut the store down, said Stephanie Achenbach, an attorney representing ArborSide.
Circuit Judge Carol Kuhnke authorized the temporary allowance while the store appeals the decision.
The shop was previously able to operate based on an Ann Arbor city permit before Michigan required stores to apply for state licenses in 2018, Achenbach said. Since the store operated on temporary city permits in the past, it would not be punished for previously distributing cannabis without a state license, she said.
Selling or distributing more than 2.5 ounces of cannabis without a permit or license can lead to fines not exceeding $500 per violation, according to state law.
ArborSide, which bills itself as a medical provisioning center, has been in operation since September 2011, according to its website. It is offering curbside pickup of products during the state’s “stay at home” order due to COVID-19 infection concerns.
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