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Adult-Use Establishment Applications Have Been Released; Can be Filed November 1

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) released its adult-use marihuana establishment license application forms last Thursday, along with detailed instructions and checklists. As reported previously, the MRA will begin accepting applications November 1, and those who are already licensed on the medical marihuana side of the industry will face a less rigorous application process to tag on adult-use licenses. As with the existing medical licensing process, the adult-use process will have two steps: (1) prequalification of the main applicant (usually a business entity) and certain associated individuals through background reviews; and (2) establishment licensing, which vets the physical location of the establishment and the business’s operating plans. New applicants who do not hold a medical marihuana facility license—including those who have been prequalified for a medical facility license but are not yet licensed—will have to undergo full prequalification background review and submit an establishment license application. Currently licensed medical facilities need only submit a few notarized attestation forms, a social equity plan, and the “Step 2” establishment application. Read More ›

Adult-Use Establishment Applications Are One Month Away in Michigan: Here’s What to Plan For

For medical marijuana facility licensees and some first-time applicants who are looking to jump into the adult-use marijuana industry in Michigan, the day when the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) will begin accepting applications—November 1—is approaching quickly. While the application itself has not yet been released online, the MRA has been on tour during September, holding public educational sessions to familiarize potential applicants with the requirements and process. There will be an abbreviated application process to assist current medical licensees into the adult-use market. Read More ›

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Extends Deadline for Issuing Medical Marihuana Facility Licenses to Existing Facilities

Today, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (“LARA”) released an amended set of emergency administrative rules that implement the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (“MMFLA”) and establish a transition period for existing medical marihuana facilities to become licensed. The most notable change to the rules benefits temporary operators who faced a fast-approaching June 15, 2018 deadline under the old rules to either be licensed or shut down. Read More ›

Michigan’s MMJ Facility Rules Delayed Until End of Week

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced today at the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board’s monthly meeting that the long-awaited emergency rules needed to implement the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) will not be released until the end of this week. Attendees and live-stream viewers of the Board meeting were disappointed by the announcement, as many had expected the rules to be unveiled during the meeting. Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR), explained that the rules are still undergoing legal review at the Legislative Service Bureau and the Office of Regulatory Reinvention. Read More ›

Michigan Continues to Fine-Tune How Marihuana Businesses Can Operate Before Licensure

Earlier this month, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (“LARA”) announced that its forthcoming emergency rules will allow existing unlicensed medical marihuana businesses to continue to operate while they seek licenses under the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (“MMFLA”). LARA’s announcement was a surprising reversal of its earlier proposed policy that continued operation after December 15, 2017, would harm an applicant’s chances to receive a license. Read More ›

Michigan Rules Coming! Advisory Bulletin Round-Up

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has announced that the emergency rules to govern activities under the State’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) will be forthcoming this week! The agenda for the November 28 meeting of the State’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board (Board) lists “Emergency Rules” as the first item for LARA’s report. Live streaming of the meeting, which starts at 12:30 pm, may be accessed hereRead More ›

Michigan’s Marihuana License Educational Sessions Focus on Application Procedures, Not Substantive Guidance

On Wednesday, November 8, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and its Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) kicked off the first of a series of six educational sessions on Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing. LARA’s staff presented information about the two online platforms that will be used to apply for facility licenses and to track and inventory cannabis plants and products once facilities are open for business. The session did not, however, address many of the substantive questions that arise out of Michigan’s new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (“MMFLA”). Read More ›

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Medical Marihuana Facilities License Process

Today, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) issued an Advisory Bulletin on the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation’s (BMMR) intended application process for medical marihuana facilities licenses. The Advisory Bulletin is just that—advisory—and is issued in anticipation of emergency rules that LARA plans to promulgate under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) in November. 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 ›