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BC-MI--Medical Marijuana, MI

February 21, 2019 GMT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson has received preliminary approval on his license application for a medical marijuana provisioning center dispensary in suburban Detroit.

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board voted 4-0 Thursday in favor of the application.

The board considered preliminary approval for 84 prospective medical marijuana companies and final approval for 17 medical marijuana business licenses.

Johnson’s Bloomfield Hills business is registered under his name and his wife’s name as Michigan Community Collective.

He and another former Lion, Rob Sims, were denied preliminary applications in December for medical marijuana growing, processing and provisioning facilities. The licensing board cited minor traffic tickets for Johnson and problems with homes Sims owns in the suburb of Dearborn.

Johnson’s spokesman said the tickets had been resolved.