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Michigan Announces “Road Shows” on Marihuana Licensure

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has announced the dates and locations of educational sessions to explain to potential medical marihuana licensees the state’s new license application process and seed-to-sale tracking system. Read More ›

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Marijuana Testing

Today, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released an Advisory Bulletin regarding testing points for marihuana and marihuana infused products. As with all of LARA’s Advisory Bulletins, this announcement provides advance notice of what LARA intends to include in emergency rules that will be issued to implement the State’s new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). We continue to expect those emergency rules to be issued by the early part of November. Read More ›

Michigan Releases “FAQ” on Marihuana Facility Licensing

Today, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) issued a detailed “FAQ” on the process for issuing licenses under the State’s new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. Read More ›

A Busy Week for Marijuana-Legislation in Michigan!

This week saw Michigan’s Legislature actively involved in marijuana-related legislation.

As we reported Wednesday, 24 members of Michigan’s House of Representatives signed onto newly introduced House Bill 5014, a bill that would: Read More ›

Michigan to Allow “Stacking” of Multiple Grower Licenses

The State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today released an Advisory Bulletin stating its intent that medical marihuana businesses will be allowed to hold multiple Class C grow licenses, and do so in the same facility. Read More ›

Michigan House Bill Would “Grandfather” Existing MMJ Businesses—And Override Local Approval Requirements

Yesterday, State Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor), with 21 House Democrat and 3 Republican co-sponsors, introduced a bill that would allow medical marihuana facilities operating on or before August 15, 2017, to remain open until the State can process and approve license applications under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). Lost in media reports about House Bill 5014, however, are two other critical changes the bill would make to the MMFLA, including eliminating requirements for local government approvals. Read More ›

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Co-Location of Medical Marihuana Facilities

The State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today issued an advisory bulletin confirming that the State will allow growers, processors, and provisioning centers to operate in the same location. Read More ›

September 12 Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Meeting: December Closure Date for Existing Businesses Likely

A few hours before September 12’s widely anticipated Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board meeting, the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released its intended approach to currently operating dispensaries. As we reported, LARA announced that its forthcoming emergency rules will consider continuing marihuana operations after December 15, 2017, to be “a potential impediment to licensure.” Read More ›

Michigan News Flash: LARA to Existing Facilities—Close by December 15

As we have reported on numerous occasions, one of the biggest issues as Michigan moves into a regulated system is how the State will treat license applicants who have operated prior to receiving a license.  Read More ›

Major Announcements Coming at Next Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Meeting

This past weekend, Director Shelly Edgerton, head of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), made several important announcements at the State Bar of Michigan’s Marihuana Law Section annual conference.  Read More ›