State approves licenses for medical marijuana testing labs

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- A critical piece to the medical marijuana market is now in place.

The Detroit Free Press reports two testing labs were granted licenses by a state board Thursday.

One lab is Walled Lake and the other is in Ann Arbor.

Last month, the board approved a total of seven licenses, but none of them were for testing facilities. Those seven businesses have been waiting to pay their fees until a lab was licensed.

As soon as the testing labs get their actual licenses, they'll be able to start testing marijuana products that will be sold in dispensaries.

There are more than 200 medical marijuana businesses temporarily operating under the state's emergency rules.

If those businesses do not get their licenses from the state by September 15, they'll have to shut down until they get one.