Court Order Lifted, Menominee's Marijuana Shops Resume Business

November 13th, 2023 Legal & Crime
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The temporary closure of three marijuana dispensaries in Menominee, which impacted a significant portion of the local cannabis market, has ended after a 10-day halt. The affected dispensaries - Higher Love, Lume Cannabis Company, and Nirvana Center - had been forced to cease operations due to a court order, resulting in temporary unemployment for nearly 70 workers.

A crucial court hearing took place on Monday, scrutinizing the validity of the order that initially caused the shutdown. Circuit Court Judge Mary Barglind reviewed the situation, acting on a request from the city of Menominee for clearer understanding regarding the directive issued on November 3rd.

This legal tussle traces back to 2021, when Menominee chose to grant marijuana retail permits exclusively to two dispensaries, Rize and The Fire Station. This decision was met with legal challenges from dispensaries that were initially denied permits. Subsequently, following changes in the city council, a new ordinance was enacted, leading to the authorization of permits for those previously excluded dispensaries. This change sparked further legal action from Rize and The Fire Station, culminating in the recent court developments.

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